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County Government is tasked with taking care of its citizens and providing basic services that you need. The Declaration of Independence states government should provide its citizens with certain inalienable rights one of which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are striving every day to do that! We want to provide the best roads, ambulance service and a close relationship with law enforcement.
The County Road Department was out diligently salting the roads and clearing debris during the Christmas weekend. Road Supervisor Tony Kidd and his crew worked long, cold hours on Christmas Eve doing their best to make the roads safe. With the unprecedented cold weather, the salt was not as effective. This makes two out of the last three years that they worked Christmas Eve or Christmas day. They used approximately 50 tons of salt just this past week. We are well stocked with at least 250 tons more salt. With new equipment and improved methods, the Department is running on all cylinders.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides services to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jimmy Barnett and his staff provide other services as well. During the inclement weather they were busy assisting with wrecks and their normal workload. They are always looking for new ways and purchasing new equipment to better serve our citizens. Remember that the 911 Dispatch center is your first line of responders. They must be able to identify the needs of callers and dispatch the proper emergency services.
Stephen McKinney is the County’s Emergency Management Director. Stephen coordinates with FEMA, State Emergency Management staff, and Division of Military Affairs on all situations, no matter the size. During the winter freeze, he set up the County Warming Center, assisted with dialysis patients’ transportation when RTEC was not able to travel some roads and assisted a homeowner with a frozen door. He also helps with the Fire Department and Sheriff’s office whenever needed.
I certainly don’t want to leave out others who pitched in during this terrible weather event. Water Department, Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Fire Departments, McCreary County public library, KU and RECC and others we say, “Thank You!”
Hopefully we can feature other departments and more insights on what your county government does and some things we are planning. I hope everyone is looking ahead for a brighter, more productive year in 2023! To borrow from President Kennedy….” ask not what your county can do for you but what you can do for your county.”
Please contact me with any questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 376-2413.