By Eugenia Jones
McCreary County Fiscal Court met last week to deal with routine business matters. Agenda items included the following:
-Approved Agreement and Resolution with Transportation Cabinet for resurfacing project of Skull Bone Tower Road. The Cabinet will provide up to $145,377 in reimbursable state funds to McCreary County. Skull Bone Tower Road was the only county road approved by the state for funding.
-Approved lengthening Virginia Avenue and Clupe Powell Roads due to mapping errors. Tabled approval of installation of speed humps for Marler Cemetery Road.
-Approved hires and transfers for EMS and Jail Transfer. Approved moving Willie Dixon from part-time courthouse custodian to full time to fill position left by Wayne Simpson. Simpson retired after many years of service as courthouse custodian.
-Approved a resolution for EMS regarding agreement with the Kentucky Office of Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The grant funding is for replacement of current chest compression devices plus purchase of two additional devices.
-Approved 2nd reading and final approval of Budget Amendment Number 2. The amendment allows payment of a CDBG grant to utility companies to help individuals behind in utility bills.
-Approved first reading of Ordinance Number 150.9 to revise membership of Industrial Development Board (IDA) to seven members (from eight.) Member Jerry Stephens requested his term not be renewed. Terms for Sandra Cundiff and Larry King were renewed.
-Holly Daugherty and Michael Wilson were re-appointed to the McCreary County Extension Board.
In addition to agenda items, the Court heard updates from Judge Greene and Department Heads.
-Judge Greene thanked Veterans (Veterans Day) for their service.
-Stephanie Taylor reported a total of $340,424.32 of occupation tax was collected during October. Occupation taxes were disbursed to the jail fund (33.33%), general fund (67%), and collection (salary/office/etc.) expenses.
– County parks took in a total of $2,855.00 for October with $1,590 collected at Sand Hill RV Park and $1,265.00 at the County Park.
-Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) reported $500 in licensing and $8,515.81 in regulatory fees were collected last month.
-911 reported 1,019 calls and 348 EMS runs in October.
-County Road Department Supervisor Tony Kidd reported three paving crews are currently in the County paving roads. County road crews are busy “rocking” roads in preparation for winter, and two loads of salt (for winter roads) have already been delivered. County road crews hauled off 51 loads of trash related to Dump Days.
-With the onset of deer (gun) hunting season, County Attorney Austin Price warned hunters to be careful when hunting. Price asked hunters to be careful when shooting. He also cautioned hunters to be careful in deer stands.
-Deputy Judge Nathan Nevels reported McCreary County Tourism is sponsoring a Christmas window painting contest in Whitley City. Art students who would like to participate are asked to contact Michelle Perry, Tourism Director. The Big South Fork Knife Show will be December 3rd and 4th with vendors from eight states already signed up to participate. The Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Whitley City) will be December 4 at 7:00. Photos with Santa and toy give-away will be December 11 at Jackson Park behind the Library and Tourism Office.
The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Thursday, December 9 at 6:00 at the Courthouse.
During November’s Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Greene announced that McCreary County received $34,238.73 from Bruce Carpenter, Executive Director of Corbin Economic Development Agency for Fiscal Court’s portion of occupational tax distribution from the South East Kentucky Regional Business Park.