By Eugenia Jones
McCreary County Fiscal Court met in a special called meeting on Friday (June 24, 2022) to deal mostly with ending the current fiscal year. The 2021/22 fiscal year ends today, June 30.
Fiscal Court unanimously approved the 2nd reading of Budget Amendment #6, adding the second and final round of American Rescue Plan Act funding in the amount of $1, 673,460 to the 2021/22 budget. Fiscal Court also approved the 2022/23 employee salary schedule which remains basically the same as last year’s salary schedule.
In other business, Fiscal Court accepted all bids for standard goods and services for 2022/23. Magistrate Phillips requested all bids be accepted (rather than voting solely for one bid) so Fiscal Court can vote and accept bids on a monthly basis from the companies offering the lowest prices. With current fluctuations in the cost of fuel and petroleum products, the County will be able to save money by choosing the lowest bid on a monthly, rather than yearly, basis.
Fiscal Court also accepted a bid of $228,000 for construction of a hangar style building at McCreary County Airport. Funding for the project will be provided through the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) award. By enlarging the airport and providing space for ten planes, the airport will be eligible to receive significant federal funding for additional improvements.
Fiscal Court approved awarding $88,000 to McCreary County Water District from ARPA money for the extension of water lines south along Strunk Highway. The extension improves twenty connections, bringing the total number of connections improved to 59, all on Mt. Pleasant Road.
Judge Greene noted McCreary County will begin using Rumke Waste and Recycling Services of Lexington, KY for all local recycling. Rumke will accept plastic for recycling which will increase the amount of money McCreary County can receive from recycling.
The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be July 14, 2022 at 6:00 at the McCreary County Courthouse.