IDA to purchase fiscal court recordings


By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority is looking to procure a recording of two fiscal court meetings.

During a meeting on Monday, the IDA discussed purchasing the recordings from the county in order to document a payment made to the fiscal court.

A panel member asked Chairman Harry Gibson is a $303,000 payment from the IDA to Fiscal Court had been deposited.

“I guess, we turned it over to them,” Gibson said. “One other thing, we probably need an audible copy of that meeting where they discussed the $303,000 for our records.”

IDA member Chris Lewis told the panel a price of $85 had been quoted for an audio copy of a fiscal court meeting.

“They apparently utilize a cassette recorder to record the fiscal court meetings, and then there’s a service they contract with that charges $85…to burn it to a CD,” said Lewis.

Gibson suggested going ahead and paying the cost in order to obtain copies of the meetings in which the court discussed the payment.

“I can’t hardly agree with the price, but, I also understand that we want to be protected,” Gibson said. “I think that we should go ahead and make a motion.”

The panel passed a motion to obtain audio copies of the September and October 2015 meetings of the fiscal court. The motion passed with no opposition.

In other IDA activity:

• The panel discussed the possibility of reimbursing representatives of the entertainment and agriculture industries for travel to Harlan to discuss the possibility of doing business in Harlan;

• The panel approved minutes from the previous meeting and authorized paying of bills.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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