By Eugenia Jones
McCreary County EMS is now one step closer to parking all of their ambulances under a roof. During their July monthly meeting (July 14, 2022), McCreary County Fiscal Court opened the sole bid of $173,500 for construction of an addition to the EMS building and unanimously approved the bid of C & M Construction. The addition will be turn-key ready upon completion and will provide enough additional bays to house all ambulances.
In additional business, McCreary County Judge Executive Jimmie “Bevo” Greene noted that no bids were received by deadline after Fiscal Court advertised for bids on municipal trash collection. The Court unanimously voted to advertise a second time for bids. Magistrate Roger Phillips commented the County will be forced to consider alternative solutions regarding trash collection if bids are not received during the rebidding.
The Transportation Cabinet recommended resurfacing portions of HWY 791 and 1044 (a total of 4.385 miles) for the Rural Secondary Roads improvements in 2022-2023. Additionally, the County will have flex road funds to divide among the four magistrates for use in their districts.
Fiscal Court also approved adopting WCC Road off of Roundtop Road into the county road inventory and extended Beamon Garland Road from 1020 feet to 1285 feet. Both were per request of Magistrate Bobby Strunk.
Members of the Court accepted excess fees for the 2021 fee account in the amount of $642.85 from Sheriff Randy Waters. As requested by Sheriff Waters, the fees along with previous fees of $6,646.02 were returned to the Sheriff’s Office to assist with their payroll.
Fiscal Court heard monthly reports from Department Heads. Points of interest included the following:
• During June, 911 answered 1,078 calls, and EMS responded to 428 calls.
• $43,207.36 was collected in occupation tax during June.
• Alcohol Beverage Control collected $7,859.15 (fees and licenses) for the County in May. Merchants collected $203,145.71.
• Tourism Director Michelle Perry was reappointed secretary of Regional Tourism which consists of eleven counties.
• Road department was busy during June trimming trees and limbs, ditching, putting up signs, mowing, etc.
• Emergency Management recently served six cases for trash/littering. Emergency Management Director Stephen McKinney advised everyone that the current number of local COVID-19 cases is increasing and recommended precautions.
• In June, the Sand Hill RV Camp collected $595.00 in rental fees. The McCreary County Park collected $820.00 in rental fees.
• This fall at the park, there will be a soccer league for younger-age children.
• County Attorney Austin Price noted his office can now accept tax payments by credit card.
The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be August 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the McCreary County Courthouse.