Todd County has given final approval to two ordinances, one pertaining to county tax rates and the other regulating the ownership and harboring of vicious animals in the county.

Todd County Fiscal Court on Friday approved on second reading an ordinance that leaves property tax rates the same, including 9.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation for real and personal property and 10.1 cents per $100 assessed valuation for motor vehicles and water craft.

The approval was unanimous with a roll call vote of the court.

The magistrates also gave unanimous approval on second reading to an ordinance that makes it unlawful for residents to own an animal whose manner constitutes a public nuisance and requires owners to prevent such actions as excessive barking and frightening passers-by.

"It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor a vicious animal within the county unless it is at all times kept on his (or) her property, securely contained indoors or outdoors in a securely enclosed and locked pen or shelter suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping," the ordinance noted.

Additionally, the ordinance requires vicious animals to be muzzled and leashed when they are outside of their secure enclosure.

The document noted that violators may be fined anywhere from $25 to $250 and/or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 90 days.

Magistrates also approved a recommendation from Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield to lower the kilowatt numbers in the county's contract with the Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.

The county previously had contracted for 500 kilowatts of usage for the Todd County Justice Center, 364 kilowatts at the Todd County Detention Center and 300 kilowatts at the Todd County Courthouse.

Officials agreed to lower that number to 150 kilowatts of usage for each of those three facilities, a move the judge-executive said could save from $2,000 to $3,000 a month on electric bills for the county.

In other business

•Todd County Treasurer Tammy Robertson read a list of accounts payable as of Sept. 6, 2019, that totaled $308,353.01.

•She said the August financial report has a book balance of $2.9 million and cash balance of $5.8 million with certificates of deposit.

•Magistrates approved a motion to hire Tony Moore as a part-time solid waste worker at the county's convenience center.

•A report from Todd County Jailer Jeff Penick noted that the Todd County Detention Center has 141 inmates as of Friday, including 124 state inmates and 17 county inmates. Average for August was 123.

•The judge-executive announced the appointment of the following to the newly-formed Todd County Natural Gas District Board: Johnny Knuckles for a term that will expire on Aug. 31, 2021; Deana Power and Gary Traughber for terms that expire on Aug. 31, 2022; and Eston Glover and Jimmy Turner for terms that expire on Aug. 31, 2023.

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

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