Christian Fiscal Court approved a measure Tuesday that prohibits the county's deputy constables from utilizing blue lights on their vehicles.

Considering the matter during its meeting at the Christian County Courthouse, the magistrates chose, at the recommendation of a law enforcement committee that is a standing committee of the court, to amend a previous resolution which addressed constables in the county.

"We just feel like the people have made a choice by electing the people they've elected as constables," said Christian County Magistrate Rich Liebe, who was one of the members of the committee which, because law enforcement was involved, considered the matter of blue lights for the deputies.

Liebe explained that the committee was concerned with protecting deputy constables and the general public, and he said the group's members felt their decision would make things better for everybody.

Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said the thought was that Christian County Sheriff Tyler DeArmond could designate the deputy constables as special deputies if he needed their services.

Deputy constables are not elected to their posts, while constables are elected.

The motion to amend the resolution was made by Christian County Magistrate Phillip Peterson, who also was a member of the committee.

Remaining committee member was Magistrate Maggie Ferguson.

The measure was approved unanimously by the fiscal court and was one of two resolutions to receive a nod of approval during its meeting.

The other resolution was related to incentives for the Jennie Stuart Medical Center facility being built at Eagle Way and Fort Campbell Boulevard in partnership with Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

The court approved the incentives for the project that Magistrate Darrell Gustafson said will bring 75 temporary jobs and 45 permanent jobs into the local community. Gustafson said the property will be occupied primarily by Jennie Stuart with 10% occupied by Vanderbilt.

Magistrates also accepted a $71,621 bid from CBF Contracting LLC to renovate an office at the Alhambra Theatre.

With valued engineering and cost savings identified for the project, the final bid was $64,121, according to Gustafson, who noted that the county's liability for the work on the downtown theater is $22,121.

The renovation project is a partnership involving the Christian Fiscal Court, the City of Hopkinsville and the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

In other business:

*Christian County Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace said the shelter brought in 532 animals in October and placed 447 animals in homes.

*Pennyroyal Arts Council Executive Director Margaret Prim introduced a new mascot for her agency, a mouse named Butch. The late Butch Hardison was technical director for the arts council and the Alhambra Theatre and owned and operated Little River Stage Productions.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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