Simpson Fiscal Court has approved first reading of an ordinance adopting a city-county garbage collection contract with Scott Waste.

First reading approval was given on July 2.

Scott Waste currently has separate garbage collection contracts with the county and city. The county's contract is through July 2020 and the city's is through July 2023.

Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes said the joint contract would put city and county waste services together under the county, which would extend the county's contract for six more years.

Barnes said if the proposed contract is approved Scott Waste garbage collection rates would not change the first two years of the contract with rates capped the third year. The final three years of the contract would be subject to an increase based on the Consumer Price Index.

The current contracts with the city and county allow Scott Waste to receive annual garbage collection rate increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

The county ordinance must receive second reading fiscal court approval and be published to take effect.

The Franklin City Commission has not considered approval of the contract.

The court approved first reading of an ordinance establishing a four percent

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fee paid to the county for the county's collection and remittance of the Simpson County Transient Room Tax. There is currently no such fee in place.

The four percent fee would come from revenue generated by the tax that funds operation of the Simpson County Tourist and Convention Commission. The commission promotes convention and tourist activity in Simpson County.

The court approved first reading of an ordinance amending the county's administrative code. The amendment allows the county to use state requirements for the maximum dollar amount that can be approved in a contract without seeking bids. Previously the county had to amend its administrative code to have the same contract guidelines as the state any time the state changed the guidelines.

State lawmakers this year increased the dollar amount that can be approved for contracts without seeking bids to $30,000.

The amendment also establishes that the county requires a purchase order for items that cost more than $5,000, but are under the state minimum amount allowed for contracts without seeking bids.

First reading of an ordinance amending the county budget was approved. The amendment adds to the budget $7,860 from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Protection Grant Program for the purchase of 12 body armor vests for the Simpson County Sheriff's Office.

Amendments to occupation tax contracts with the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority were approved. The amendments allow the county to keep the .25 of 1 percent fiscal court voted earlier to add to the county occupational tax.

The county occupational tax is now one-percent, it was previously three quarters of one percent.

The funds the industrial authority will receive from the occupational tax will be based on the former three quarter of one percent tax rate.

Approval was given to a resolution authorizing an application for a TVA Regional Development Agency Assistance Program grant of up to $51,282.

If awarded the grant would go to the F-S Industrial Authority for a utility extension in the Henderson Industrial Park.

The court approved $19,850 for work at the Courthouse Annex.

The annex, which houses the Simpson County Clerk and Simpson County Property Valuation Administrator offices, will be closed to the public July 15-19 for the renovations and repairs. The building will reopen July 22.

During the meeting Megan Lillard was reappointed county treasurer for four years.

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