Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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July 24, 2013

Coroner’s funding requests dead on arrival

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July 24, 2013 —

“We have to look for something economical on fuel,” said Roe.

Later in the meeting Sparks asked if there was anything he could do to help with a vehicle search.

“We can all search around and there may be something in state surplus,” Wallace responded.

Insurance on the vehicle was discussed briefly but Wallace told Sparks he was covered by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) insurance, just like every other elected official, regardless of which vehicle he was driving doing the county’s business.

“How do you suggest that I handle office expenses because currently my private business offsets all of the bills and supplies used regarding county investigations,” asked Sparks.

He was advised to see how other county coroners handled that specific situation and bring it back to the Court.

Sparks appealed to the court that they could be paying him and his two deputy coroners an extra $300 per month because, while it was not necessary, they were up to date on all education classes issued through Frankfort.

“You would need itemized statements to be reimbursed for anything,” said Wallace, reminding Sparks that those must be submitted at the beginning of each month.

While most of Sparks concerns and issues were not given answers, he stayed positive.

“Well, I guess we will meet in March or April of next year when you are planning the budget and see if we can reach a compromise on what can be done regarding all of the expenses,” said Sparks. “I just want to clarify that I'm very clear on my responsibilities as coroner and want to make sure that everyone else is clear. Ultimately, I want what is best for the county.”

Sparks is serving his fourth term as coroner.

Shayla Menville can be reached at smenville@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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