Fiscal Court: Hall hired as 911 coordinator

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Chris Jackson, LaRue County’s 911 coordinator, died early Tuesday after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Jackson continued to handle the majority of his duties for the county while undergoing treatments. Arrangements are incomplete at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home.

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court appointed Nathan Hall as 911 coordinator as magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 23.

Hall, a LaRue County resident who works part time as an emergency dispatcher in the county, fills a position vacated by the death of Chris Jackson July 22.

“Chris actually recommended Nathan for the position after he had interviewed several people,” LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner told magistrates.  “Nathan has worked as a full time dispatcher in Nelson County and also has military experience from his service in the Marines.”

Hall, whose appointment became effective July 24, also will serve as deputy emergency manager, according to Turner who is assuming the director’s position until Hall can fill it.

The Judge explained that the 911 coordinator directs dispatchers and communications while the emergency manager coordinates communication with federal and state agencies.  

Turner announced to the court one of the last grants that Jackson was instrumental in receiving for the county, a state award of $252,174 to upgrade 911 communications equipment.

The court concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of 4.6 acres belonging to Michael Lee being rezoned from A1 to R1A at 3578 Salem Church Road, and an acre owned by Rene Bell at 1301 Murrieltown Road, from A1 to R1B.

Magistrates approved two resolutions. The first was an agreement with Hardin County delineating each county’s responsibilities for snow removal, mowing and maintenance and repairs on roads that run through both counties.  

The second resolution allowed LaRue’s sheriff’s office to participate in the Greater Hardin County Drug Force.

“This force is quite active in drug eradication efforts,” said Turner. “Instead of attacking the drug problem on a county-by-county basis, it will allow us to address it from a regional standpoint.”

Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported crews graded Salt Lick and Wayne Ennis roads; filled potholes on Bennett, East Leafdale, Kirkpatrick, Parker Grove, Whelan, Peake and Blanton roads; mow-trimmed brush on Cooper Dever, Thompson Hill, Roanoke, Castleman, Middle Creek and Ned Russell roads; pulled ditches and shoulders on Dixon Loop and Corinth roads; and dug out pumped spots and refilled them with rock on A.C. Underwood Road.

First District Magistrate Tony Stewart reported oil bleeding onto the surface on Sheffer Loop. Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, noted the same problem on Leafdale Road.

Ricky Whitlock, second district magistrate, reported crumbling road surface on Terry and Jonathon courts.

New meeting date
The court changed its first August meeting to 9 a.m. Aug. 12.