Sheriff’s office short on funds
Fiscal court agrees to provide assistance
by Stephen Scalf
The Nicholas County Fiscal Court met in special session on Friday, Oct. 25. Sheriff Jeff Sidles informed the court that his office had enough
money to make it through the end of the month, but not enough for the remainder of the year, and requested that the fiscal court assist with his office’s shortfall for his annual budget which he projected to be $7,000, plus or minus $1,500.
“Other than our fuel costs, our other expenses are down, but so are the funds we generate,” Sheriff Sidles explained. “The number of warrants we serve is down, everything is down.”
The sheriff cited fuel costs as the largest contributors to the shortfall, with the annual expenditure for 2012 totaling $10,000, and that much already spent by the end of the third quarter.
A contributing part of the problem is that the state provides sheriffs’ offices throughout the Commonwealth with an advance each year to help cover expenses until tax receipts begin to arrive. For Nicholas County, that amount in 2012 was $55,000. In order to receive the advance for 2013, the $55,000 advance for 2012 needs to be paid back before the 2013 taxes come in, creating a financial bind at the end of the year; the sheriff’s fiscal year ending with the calendar year.
County unveils drug turn-in box
by Stephen Scalf
On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Nicholas County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office, the Nicholas County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Board, and The Bluegrass Prevention Center unveiled for public use a Prescription Drug Lock Box.
“It sort of looks like a post office box but instead of mail it will contain people’s excess or expired medications”, says Melissa Hill, coordinator for the county ASAP Board.
“It is also under 24/7 camera surveillance and secured in cement to prevent tampering” adds Sheriff Jeff Sidles, whose office will oversee the box’s security.
The Prescription Lock Box is an effort to reduce the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs that might find their way onto our streets.
“We know that less than 5 percent of children who abuse prescription drugs get them from strangers, the internet, or drug dealers,” states Rob Good, prevention specialist. “Parents and the community are our first line of defense.”
Car slides off road, strikes house
by Stephen Scalf
Last Wednesday afternoon, Sara Perraut was driving her grandfather's white Ford Escort towards town on Moorefield Road (Kentucky Hwy 36) and had just passed the intersection with Locust Grove Road when she lost control of the vehicle, which crossed over the left lane, slid off the left side of the road, and struck the front of a brick home.
The roads were wet from the day's steady rainfall, but Sara's speed was not excessive for the weather conditions.
"I was driving down the road and all of a sudden I didn't have any control," Sara said. "There was no traction. I couldn't steer the car, brake, or anything."
A closer inspection of the road revealed an oil slick that extended intermittently all the way into town.
Nicholas County Emergency Management Director Calvin Denton notified the state and crews were dispatched to the scene, where they spread sand on the road's surface to prevent further issues.
The incident serves as a reminder to make sure equipment is not leaking oil before using roadways.
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