Marshall proposals receive no help from court

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 25, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — The enmity between executive and magistrates was on display again last Friday, as two motions made by Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall failed to receive seconds.

During the old business portion of Friday’s regular meeting of the Floyd County Fiscal Court, Marshall once again broached the subject of paying CK Enterprises for work performed on the courthouse building.

“I’m asking that this invoice that is overdue be taken care of and that the people be paid for work performed,” Marshall said. “This coal severance project needs to be closed, and these people need to be paid.”

Magistrates have been steadfastly against paying for the services since the topic was first brought up earlier this year when Judge Marshall told the court that Kenny Stumbo, the courthouse janitorial manager, had been contracted to do some painting in the courthouse. Marshall said the work was contracted out because it had to be performed during the weekend.

According to court officials, Stumbo billed the county nearly $7,000 for the project, which was to come out of coal severance money.

County Attorney Keith Bartley had previously asked why Stumbo was contracted to perform work that appears to fall within his job description on overtime.

Marshall against asked the court for a second to his motion that CK Enterprises be paid for the work, and was again left without a second.

Marshall would again be left empty handed later in the meeting when he proposed that money which has been left dormant in the Veterans Cemetery project, be reallocated to phase 1 of the project and be used for surfacing the parking lot at Middle Creek Battlefield.

In a letter to Amy Barnes, with the Office of State Grants, Judge Marshall says, “Due to a lack of complete funding, Floyd County will not be able to complete the Veteran’s Cemetery as defined in House Bill 1 and House Bill 265.”

The resolution put forward would reallocate that money. Marshall made a motion to adopt the resolution, but as before received no seconds.

The fiscal court has grown increasingly contentious over the last two years, as Magistrates have grown more and more adversarial toward Marshall proposals. Magistrates have over the last year rejected proposals by Marshall for a 1 percent occupational tax to help offset the counties dwindling coffers, as well as other increases to cost of services. Magistrates also rejected seven proposed budgets before finally agreeing on a budget which created no increases in revenue, and cut significantly from the road fund.

Magistrates have been reluctant to pay for any contracted services which Judge Marshall may have entered into without a vote from the court.

Magistrate of District 3, Warren Jarrell, was absent from Friday’s meeting.