Judge Executive Gary Logsdon was back in action at the most recent Fiscal Court meeting, following a lengthy absence during which he underwent a double lung transplant and recovery.
“It is good to be back,” Logsdon told the courtroom, as he opened the meeting on Friday, Aug. 21. He was met by a standing ovation and applause from the crowd.
Upon his return, Logsdon was quick to attribute his drastically-improved health to God, and to the answered prayers of his friends, family and community.
“The good Lord, and your all’s prayers have given me everything I have. Prayer is the strongest thing in the world,” Logsdon told those gathered.
The 60-year-old longtime office-holder said he feels better “than I ever did in my life,” and expressed the enormous relief at finally being able to breathe.
“Now I can walk, run, do flips,” he told the crowd, laughing, and reminding them of the importance of organ donation, which allowed him to regain his health.
Not only did Logsdon return home with a new fullness of breathe, but also with a new fullness of purpose and excitement, saying, “The shape I was in, I was gone, and the good Lord brought me through for a reason, and I’ll serve the Lord and do the best I can for this community.”
The Judge Executive also expressed his gratitude for the work the Fiscal Court did in his absence. “Thank you all for what you do, and what you have done.”
In other court news:
– Jailer Jason Woosley told the court that the Grayson County Detention Center is in need of two new vans which are used to transport inmates.
Woosley said that detention center vehicles travel an average of one million miles per year altogether.
– Grayson County Public Library representative Lisa Jones presented the Library Board’s set tax rates for the upcoming year. The Library Board chose a compensating rate (a rate which will bring in the same amount of total revenue as the previous year’s rate), which will put real property library taxes at 8.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, personal property rates at 16.01 cents per $100 of assessed value, and motor vehicle rates at 3.11 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Jones said that the estimated revenue from real, personal and motor vehicle taxes will bring in approximately $1.16 million in revenue to the library, which will go toward covering continuing education, materials, upkeep and maintenance, the running of the book mobile, etc.
– Kendra Jones, UK Extension Agent, presented her group’s set tax rates for the upcoming year. The Extension Board chose compensating rates as well, with real property rates at 3.6 cents per $100 of assessed value, personal property rates at 7.79 cents per $100 of assessed value, and motor vehicle rates at 1.72 cents per $100 of assessed value.
– Judge Executive Logsdon, who also serves on the Health Board presented the board’s set tax rates on their behalf, with personal property rates at 3.0 cents per $100 assessed value, and real estate rates at 2.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. These rates remain the same as the previous tax year.
– The first reading of an ordinance was accepted, which would lower the speed limit of Hawks Landing Drive to 35 miles per hour. The court considered re-evaluating other area roadways’ speed limits as well in the near future.
– The Fiscal Court went into a closed-to-the-public executive session meeting to discuss personnel. The result of the closed discussion was a 50 cent per hour raise for county employees.
The group explained that county employees have not received any increase in pay in a number of years.
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