E911, courthouse discussed at fiscal court meeting

The city of Paducah gave the McCracken County Fiscal Court until March 1 to decide the fate of the E911 service. The county could outsource dispatch operations to Kentucky State Police.

McCracken County Judge Bob Leeper told the fiscal court Monday at a workshop that he and Sheriff John Hayden will travel to Frankfort Thursday before making a decision.

Leeper will meet with the secretary of justice and the Kentucky State Police commissioner to talk about how much the county could save. “We’ll just see how it goes. We’re moving as quickly as we can. It’s a slow process, but we’re not dragging our feet for any reason other than it’s a process,” Leeper said.

Leeper also said he’s looking into buying additional tornado sirens so the whole county can hear the warning.

The fiscal court will continue to repair the more than 70-year-old county courthouse. County leaders will be taking quotes on flooring for the basement after a $30,000 repair to stop the leaking was a success. The next thing on the maintenance list is the roof.

There is a lead in the family court room from old joists in the roof of the original part of the courthouse. It could cost $50,000 to $60,000 to repair, but Leeper says if they don’t take care of it now it will only get worse and more expensive.

When we asked him who is to blame for the building’s repair needs, this is what he said: “I don’t blame anybody. It’s a strategy that other people have had. I don’t know what their finances were at the time. We’ve been through the 2008 recession. Funds were right all the way across.”

The court is also taking quotes on replacing and restoring the windows on the courthouse. Leeper told me that to stay within the budget; the court may have to replace a segment each year instead of all at one time. Leeper wants to get estimates soon so that construction will start in April. 

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