dollar-signMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (5/30/14) — The Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court approved a 2 percent pay raise for all county workers Thursday night on an unanimous vote.

The next item on the agenda was the county budget. The county's $21 million budget was approved unanimously on first reading by the court.

In regard to the budget, Judge-Executive Rick Newman said that spending needs to be tightened as most of the current capital projects in the county are nearly complete. The budget now goes to Frankfort for review before being sent back to the county for a second reading.

The third agenda item was electrical inspectors.

Newman said Muhlenberg County is considered a “closed county” in terms of electrical inspectors. This means that inspectors must come from those that live within the county. The problem is that not every inspector from Muhlenberg can perform all inspection requirements within the county. As a result, when the position opened, no one applied, said Newman.

Muhlenberg currently has two people that can do inspections but only one of them can inspect commercial. Problems arise for businesses if an electrical inspection is delayed due to the lack of an inspector, he said.

Newman wants to open the job to inspectors from other counties. However, the discussion turned on the question that if inspectors from outside the county were used, would it still be a “closed county”? Or, would it be considered an open county? The entire court agreed that the county needs more inspectors but tabled the item until the next meeting for further study.

The last agenda item was the county road budget. The board approved $1.7 million for the budget mostly for blacktop and gravel and other items pertaining to road maintenance. This motion was approved unanimously by the court.

The court discussed some non-actionable items including the fact that TVA will hold a meeting this Tuesday to discuss its new gas plant.

The court also mentioned that there may be a new coal mine opening in the area this fall.

Charles Riley
Surfky News Reporter

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MLES Honored by AHA with 'Fit Friendly' Award

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (5/23/15) — Meadow Lands Elementary School has earned the American Heart Association's Gold Level… Read More

Seven Hills Neighborhood Alliance to Host Yard Sale, Neighborhood Cleanup

OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/24/15) — The Seven Hills Neighborhood Alliance will host its annual Yard Sale Fiesta on Friday and… Read More
1 DOW 18,232.02
-53.72 (-0.29%)    
2 S&P 2,126.06
-4.76 (-0.22%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,089.36
-1.43 (-0.03%)    

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 6620

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5959

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 5869

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 4355

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 3859

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10559

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7427

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 23, 2015 5869

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 1336

MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 1283

Elks BBQ Fundraiser Quick Sell Out

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 24, 2015 1032

MCC's Felicia Johnson Receives State KCTCS Award

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 962

'Cooking for the Cure' Fundraiser Brings Out…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 935

Health Department Food Scores Released

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 923

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 783

Scientists Meet in Louisville to Share Research…

by Betty Coffman
May 23, 2015 658

Sunday Alcohol Sales Discussion Tabled to Next…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 623

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

by Ricki C. Gardenhire