Fiscal Court Meets
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Earlier this month (10/13/22), McCreary County Fiscal Court met in regular session and approved several items during the “Other Business” portion of the meeting. During this part of the meeting, magistrates discuss and address concerns not listed on the agenda. Acting on a motion by Magistrate Bill Hale, Fiscal Court voted to approve the completion of blacktopping an area at the McCreary County Park as well as campground roads at Sand Hill RV Camp. Acting on a motion by Roger Phillips, Fiscal Court voted to receive bids for lights for the third ball field at the County Park. Finally, acting on a motion by Bobby Strunk, Fiscal Court voted to explore bids for a Little League batting cage.
In other business, the Fiscal Court:
-Approved an agreement and resolution with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (flex funds) for various roads in the amount of $266,833. No work will begin until a fully executed contract is received from the Transportation Cabinet.
-Approved the re-appointment of Coy Taylor to the McCreary County Water District Board of Directors. Approved the re-appointments of Kim Denney and Meghan Marshall to the McCreary County Tourism Board of Directors. Approved the appointment of Shane Gilreath to the McCreary County Tourism Board. Gilreath replaces Bobby Strunk whose term expired.
-Approved a request to pay the Fiscal Court Clerk $100.00 for each Fiscal Court session.
-Approved lengthening North Bee Rock Road and McKinley Wilson Road.
-Heard from the McCreary County Animal Protection League and renewed a two-year contract with the League to provide shelter services for County Animal Control at a rate of $50,000 per year.
Fiscal Court heard the following reports and updates:
-McCreary County EMS had 426 runs (58 non-emergency) in September, bringing in $148,652.18. 911 answered 1,106 calls.
-The Tourism office collected $780.07 in transient taxes in September.
-Emergency Management Director Stephen McKinney reminded citizens that fire hazard season is in effect from October 1-December 15. No burning is allowed from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. McKinney provided information regarding the purchase of generators to help provide emergency shelter at the Park and Courthouse in case of an emergency. Fiscal Court approved placing the purchase of two generators up for bid.
-Economic Director Nathan Nevels highlighted new businesses, Applied Behavioral Advancement and Red Roof Surplus. He also noted Agnes Fabric Shop in Whitley City is for sale.
-ABC Director Brenda Blevins reported the County took in $8,749.07 for alcohol sales in August. Merchants took in a total of $188,345.29. One store is waiting for an inspection before receiving their alcohol license.
-County Attorney Austin Price reminded citizens to be aware of deer hunters and deer crossing highways.
-Judge Executive Greene clarified that the Fiscal Court did not raise the tax rate this year. The Fiscal Court approved the compensating rate which is actually slightly lower than last year’s rate.
Before adjourning, Fiscal Court entered Executive Session concerning land acquisition. Upon re-entering regular session, Fiscal Court voted unanimously (motion by Phillips/seconded by Strunk) to give one acre of land adjoining the McCreary County Road Department and the landfill area to the McCreary County School District with the following stipulations: (a.) The School District must survey the property. (b.) The property must be developed (used) within ten years. (c.) The School District must securely fence the property.
The McCreary County Fiscal Court meets in regular session on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the McCreary County Courthouse.