Hardin County commissioners learned on Tuesday, Oct. 9, that a county employee has been keeping paychecks without cashing them.
Commissioners had just approved the treasurer’s report when Commissioner L. W. Cooper, Jr. stated the problem had been brought to his attention.
“Must be nice to be able to do this,” he said, adding that the employee had not cashed a payroll check in six months.
It throws county accounts off, said the commissioner, who noted that he “doesn’t know how to tell somebody ‘you gotta go cash that check.”
The item would be dealt with at the department level, but brought a moment of levity to the council.
Count Attorney Rebecca Walton followed up with a budget amendment to be approved involving the county pre-trial diversion program.
“It’s an increase in the revenue and an offset to the expenditures,” Walton said.
The increase in the county’s pre-trial diversion program totals $14,681.
The pre-trial diversion revenues come from the charge to “each applicant of $250 to be able to participate in the program,” she said.
Pre-trial diversion sends offenders from costly prosecution into a supervised offender probation program.
“In 2016, we put 121 people on our pre-trial diversion program and 115 successful completed the program,” she said.
While the numbers of graduates continue to grow, these are all self-generated operating funds explained the attorney.
Walton asked the attached revenues be used to increase the income of her assistant attorney overseeing the diversion program. The commissioner approved the request unanimously.
Amanda Young, Floodplain Administrator, presented the 4th Quarter FY 2018 Report.
She said her office: “issued 1,358 permits from Oct. 2017 to Sept. 29, 2018: this includes 342 no-fee Harvey-related permits, 134 permits, 101 development and new construction permits, 551 electrical permits, 31 industrial, one new subdivision, and 202 manufactured home placement permits.”