Historic Todd County Inc. representative Gary Violette told members of the Todd County Fiscal Court that an elevator is the first and most expensive priority for the group’s plans to rehabilitate the upper floor of the 1835 Courthouse.

“The stairs are not negotiable,” Violette said while speaking to magistrates at the court’s regularly-scheduled meeting Friday at the Todd County Courthouse.

One of nine directors of the historic group, Violette noted that a museum and classroom that is planned for the second floor will need to be accessible.

Additionally, he said the plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, along with the electrical, will need to be upgraded in the old courthouse, and new restrooms will be installed on both the first and second floors of the building.

Combined, that work is estimated to cost around $300,000.

Violette said the Historic Todd County Inc. board will continue to raise funds for those initial upgrades for the 1835 Courthouse on the Public Square in Elkton.

“The county and the fiscal court is the owner of the building,” Violette said, adding that “we just wanted to give you this report.”

Historic Todd County Inc. President Glenn Slack also was on hand at Friday’s meeting and spoke on behalf of the community’s bicentennial celebrations.

The historic group is coordinating plans for events to celebrate the 200th milestone; both Elkton and Todd County are marking two centuries of history.

Slack introduced Darlene Groves, program and events chairman, who shared plans to have coins and lapel pins to commemorate the event. Groves said a kick-off event for the 200th observance is slated for April 18.

That event will take place at Todd County Central High School.

Groves said people in the community are excited about the bicentennial, and she noted that others who have roots in the county but are no longer residents will be visiting during the year as well. Committee member Brittany Prather emphasized that organizers want everyone involved in the celebrations.

“We just want to make sure that everybody feels a part of it,” she said.

In other business, Todd County Jailer Jeff Penick told magistrates Friday that 44 inmates have graduated from educational programs at the jail. Those programs include moral recognition therapy, Portal — New Directions and GED programs.

For graduating, each of the inmates receives 90 days off his sentence, Penick noted, adding that it means a combined savings to the state of $124,106.

The jailer said his facility currently has 139 inmates, including 121 states inmates and 18 county inmates. The jail has had 17 new bookings in the last week, he said.

In other business

  • Todd County Tax Administrator Mandy Petrie said she has collected $4.066 in net profit taxes since the last court meeting and $41,112 in payroll taxes.
  • Todd County Treasurer Tammy Robertson read accounts payable totaling $62,953. Robertson also reported a January treasurer’s report with a cash balance of $5.4 million, not including $854,000 that will be for Novelis Inc., in Guthrie.
  • The court approved training incentives for Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield and for Todd County Jailer Jeff Penick.
  • Magistrates approved a request to apply for a grant that will fund a new ambulance and accompanying heart monitor for the county.
  • The court voted in favor of $1,500 aid requests for both the Honey Grove and Fairview
  • volunteer fire departments.
  • Magistrates approved on second reading ordinances to establish 35 mile-per-hour speed limits Beckam and B White roads in the county.
  • The court approved a resolution for a road aid agreement that will provide $1,084,876 for county roads.
  • Magistrates approved a request to move David Hembree from a seasonal to a full-time employee with the Todd County Road Department.
  • The court approved a request from Todd County Sheriff Tracy White to apply for a $40,000 state advancement for his office.
  • Magistrates approved a motion to apply for “shares license” for the Todd County Health Department that will provide better backup during disasters.
  • The court approved a resolution to move 109 acres of property owned by the county to Novelis.

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

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

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