By Eugenia Jones
During the regular August Fiscal Court meeting, members of the McCreary County Fiscal Court voted to approve Resolution 21812-1 regarding consent to Assignment of Franchise. Their vote allowed Roy Baker with Access Cable to transfer the Access Cable franchise to Charter Communications. At the age of 70 and after 50 years in business, Baker is retiring.
“Charter has all the bells and whistles that go with a modern communications system,” Baker told the Court.
Charter Communications is a national communications operation and the second largest in the country. A spokesperson for Charter said the company intends to keep a local office in McCreary County and that the transition from Access will take approximately eight months.
In other business, the court:
• Tabled TPO Roof for Courthouse until later.
• Opened bids for railroad steel work on Yamacraw Boat Dock Road. Hinkle Environmental was awarded the bid for a total of $19,800. These funds will be reimbursed by FEMA.
• Approved hires and transfers for the McCreary County EMS.
• Approved lengthening Godsey Avenue road due to a mapping error.
• Approved removal of Herman Walters Road from county inventory since the road is no longer used by the public.
• Approved installation of speed humps on Claude Bryant Road (Sandhill.)
• Approved appointment of Janie (Cissy) Kinsella to the McCreary County Tourism Commission. Kinsella will fill the remainder of Eric Vanselow’s term. Term to run 8/12/21-10/8/22.
-Received amended McCreary County Conservation District budget.
-Approved 2020 Tax Settlement for Sheriff Randy Waters.
-Approved payments from incoming Community Development Block Grant to The Fox Company for $8,700.
The magistrates, acting on a motion by Magistrate Roger Phillips, voted to hold all future meetings (unless mandated) in open session regardless of the County’s COVID-19 status. This month’s meeting was closed to general public due to McCreary County being in the red critical zone for COVID-19 and there having been a COVID-19 case identified at the Courthouse. This month’s meeting was broadcast live on Facebook. Regardless of COVID-19 status, Judge Greene said Facebook live broadcasts of the fiscal court meetings will continue.
The McCreary County Fiscal Court meets in regular session on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Courthouse.