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Fiscal Court gets funding for road work

During Thursday’s meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented over $523,000 in discretionary funds for resurfacing work on four county roads.
The resurfacing work, to be on Jones Hollow Road, Murphy Ridge Road, Coalpit Road and Skullbone Tower Road, will cover a total of 6.69 miles.
The funding, through the KYTC’s Rural and Municipal Aid division, will address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling and base failures.
The Fiscal Court and County Road Department must complete the work at their own expense, before being reimbursed for the cost with the funding. In order to get the work done as quickly as possible, and before new pricing structures are in place from contractors, the Fiscal Court approved Judge Greene to seek a short-term loan from a local bank to pay for the repairs. The loan, plus any interest accrued, will be paid off as soon as the reimbursement funds arrive.
In a release issued following the announcement KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas said the funding is part of Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure in Kentucky to increase economic opportunities.
“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on taking care of what we have at both the state and local level to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” Thomas said. “This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have large impacts to communities.”
In other Fiscal Court actions Thursday: The Court approved two new loans through the Revolving Loan program. The loans, one for $20,000 and the other for $30,000, are the first new loans issued since the Fiscal Court approved new guidelines for the program, including increasing the amount a business or individual could apply for. Any loan through the program will have a fixed term and interest rate, and must be fully secured to protect the Fiscal Court’s repayment of the loans.
The loans were first reviewed and recommended by the McCreary County Industrial Authority.
A resolution supporting the McCreary County Ambulance Service to apply for a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant was approved. EMS Director Jimmy Barnett stated the grant, totaling about $20,000 would go toward purchasing new equipment for the ambulance fleet.
Representatives for the Knox/Whitley County Animal Shelter were on hand to present their proposal for keeping the four-year contract with the county for taking in stray and abandoned animals.
President Maryanne Smith said the shelter has had a 94 percent save rate of McCreary County animals since January when they adopted a new managed-intake system. She admitted the save rate for McCreary County was only 74 percent in 2018.
Last month members from the McCreary County Animal Protection League presented a bid to take over the contract, which pays $40,000 a year.
The current contract with Knox/Whitley expires next month.
Judge Greene also noted he is seeking a Brownfield grant to look at the old jail building for any hazardous materials. If the application is successful the grant could also cover the cost to possibly tear the old building down and replace with a parking area.
The next meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be on Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.

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