Fiscal Court honors Beckett with resolution

  • Punky Beckett
    Punky Beckett

    Pendleton County Fiscal Court has made it a tradition to honor former members of the court who passed on with a resolution upon adjournment. At their Tuesday, February 9 regular meeting, they honored Charles “Punky” Beckett who served eight years as a magistrate.
    Judge Executive David Fields read from the resolution, “Charles Beckett was not only hardworking, but he was dependable, dedicated and committed throughout his years of service to his community and was always quick to express that it was a privilege and that he was grateful for the opportunity to serve his community.”
    He added “...that this Fiscal Court has been in mourning since the passing of Charles “Punky” Beckett, esteemed public servant and valued friend of the Pendleton County community.”
    Pendleton County Recreation received approval from Fiscal Court to move forward on a $6,000+ project to improve the quality of the ballfields at the athletic park.
    The project will add a mix to the dirt areas that allows the field to dry quicker after rains and makes the fields better suited for practices and games.
    The project includes the Bay, Rumpke and Sutton fields.
    A first reading of an amendment to the alcohol ordinance was held. It adds a supplemental bar license that is needed by Pendleton Hills for their present operations. The original ordinance did not include the license. A second reading and vote on passage will happen at a future court meeting.
    The court approved Angie Wright as the Dispatch Supervisor with the appropriate salary adjustment.
    Dr. Monte McElfresh was reappointed to a two-year term to the Local Health Board while Tabatha Biddle was appointed to a two-year term.
    They also approved the CPI increases for elected officials.
    Magistrates posed several questions on the transfers and bills.
    District 1 Magistrate Alan Whaley asked about the $32,245 transfer to insurance.
    Fields answered, “It is to get us through till July.”
    District 4 Magistrate Rick Mineer asked about the replacement of a door and Fields indicated it was simply “old and falling apart.”
    Court Clerk Marianne Roseberry informed the court that the other bid was $1,000 more.
    District 3 Magistrate Darrin Gregg inquired about the $5,700 transfer to the Sheriff’s Department for transport of prisoners.
    Mineer pointed out that the county contracts with the Sheriff’s department for that service and cost.
    Mineer asked about the status of the bridge replacement and pointed out about the Milford bridge, “It would be devastating to the farmers if it interferes with crop and tobacco setting season.”
    Fields indicated that the Blanket Creek bridge is ready to go and the other bridge has been ordered but there is still a determination to be made by the state on the Milford bridge.
    District 3 Magistrate asked if anyone has been in communication with Cincinnati Bell as he has reached out to them and received no communication on installment of Internet.
    “I have been contacted by four people on Hwy 159 towards Falmouth on getting some services,” he told Fields who indicated he would reach out to the company.
    Fields also answered Plummer that they have received Butler BB’s alcohol sales application and informed them that if they wish to expand the physical side of the establishment, it would have to go through Planning & Zoning.