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Electric Wars: WKRCC sues City of Bardwell
Last week in Carlisle County Circuit Court the West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (WKRECC) filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment against the City of Bardwell in the issue of who will get to serve the new courthouse with temporary and permanent electricity to the new courthouse.
 
WKRECC also requested that a temporary restraining order be placed upon the City of Bardwell to cease and desist the temporary service of electricity to the new courthouse construction site. This legal action came after the City of Bardwell placed a primary electrical tap within 100 feet of the new courthouse property.
In Carlisle County Circuit Court on Thursday the City of Bardwell filed a motion of disqualification for both Carlisle Circuit Court Judge Tim Langford and Carlisle County District Court Judge Keith Myers, citing that both men serve on the Carlisle County Courthouse Project Development Board and the judge’s impartiality in this case could come into question by the public.
 Judge Langford scheduled a hearing on Tuesday morning in Carlisle County Circuit Court to discuss the motion by the City of Bardwell for disqualification. Langford said that since Kentucky is not a customer choice state, a state in which the customer can choose its electric provider, his serving on the Courthouse Project Development Board should
not be a factor. What gave Judge Langford pause however was the public’s perception of his partiality in this case, a claim that the City of Bardwell thinks is at the forefront.
 
KRECC said that they had no problem with Judge Langford serving as judge on this case. However, they did stress that they would like the case to be heard as soon as possible, a view Judge Langford shared and could factor into his decision on whether he steps down as judge on this case or not. “I have gone on record saying during Project Development Board meetings that I do not want the construction of this courthouse delayed due to this electrical issue or any issue whatsoever and that could influence my decision,” Judge Langford said.
 
Judge Langford said that he will have a decision by Friday on whether he will step down as judge. If Judge Langford steps down it could delay the hearing by a week to ten days, as a justice that is retired, or a justice from another part of the state would have to be called in to hear the case.
 

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