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Feb. 23 Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

Owensboro Health President/CEO Mark Marsh presented a report highlighting the economic impact of the hospital and efforts to partner and grow with the community.  Of note, Owensboro Health intends to have “more offerings on the west side of Daviess County.”

Contract for Federal Inmates at Detention Center

Fiscal Court approved a contract with Summerill Law Firm, PLLC to negotiate with the United States Marshals Service on behalf of the Daviess County Detention Center.  Summerill will prepare an application and attempt to negotiate a higher per diem rate for federal inmates.  Currently, the County receives $55 per day.  Based on a regional analysis, Summerill believes it can negotiate a rate of $70 per day, which would result in annual revenue of $410,000.

P25 Digital Radio System

Fiscal Court approved a Professional Services Contract with Trott Communications regarding the P25 digital radio system for county first responders.  The system is live in a trial period with final acceptance from Motorola after 30 days with no errors.  Trott would provide support on the project for any unknown items following final acceptance.

Mental Health Court

Fiscal Court approved a Memorandum of Agreement with RiverValley Behavioral Health to administer the Daviess County Mental Health Court.  The County will partner with RiverValley to expand early identification and early access to mental health services utilizing the evidence-based Sequential Intercept Model (SIM).

Road, Bridge, & Street System Ordinance

Fiscal Court approved an updated road index that includes 12 streets in subdivisions which were built or partially built in the last year.  All of these streets have been inspected by the Engineering Department with the bonds released.

A final change to the road index updates a section of Old Highway 144 to Nannie Belle Loop, as the name change was approved in April 2022.

Other News

The County has agreed to purchase a new electronic poll book system for the Clerk’s Office through Tenex Software Solutions, with the cost to be reimbursed by the State Board of Elections.

Fiscal Court approved an office space lease agreement with the state related to the Child Support Division for the Daviess County Attorney’s Office.

A police interceptor unit has been declared surplus inventory and will be transferred to Daviess County Public Schools, as no public auction is scheduled for 2023.

Fiscal Court awarded bids for a new 6×6 utility vehicle for the Fire Department and a new single-axle dump truck for the Road Department.

Board Appointments

Sonny Renfrow (McLean Co. Rep.) and Brandon Ferguson (Muhlenberg Co. Rep.) were appointed to the Green River Regional Industrial Development Authority Board, which oversees the Bluegrass Crossings Business Centre in Ohio County.

Tom Lilly has been appointed to the Owensboro Regional Hospital Board.

Teresa Boarman will serve on the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission Board.

Doug Hoyt and Mickey Bowman were appointed to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board.

Paper Shredding Collection Event

Commissioner Chris Castlen announced that a Free Paper Shredding Collection Event is scheduled for March 31 at the Owensboro Sportscenter from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is open to all Daviess County residents, businesses, and institutions with a 100 lb. limit per person.

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