WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (12/13/11) – Webster County Fiscal Court members breezed through a short regular session Monday morning at the courthouse.
Webster Judge Executive presented a resolution from the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) stating that a resolution was needed to accept Johnson Lane into the county’s road plan. The road, approximately 500 feet long and located off Hwy. 41-A near Slover Church and just south of Phillips Auto Body near Dixon, somehow had been omitted from the road plan on file at the GRADD office.
“This road was added to our records in the late 1980’s but for some reason it’s not in GRADD’s records,” Townsend stated. “This is just a formality to get the road back in our system.”
It was noted by 9-1-1 Director Doug Sauls that the road was in the Webster County 9-1-1 system. The resolution was accepted with a 3-0 vote. Judge Townsend also stated that the county road department was currently working on a stretch of Hwy. 132, from Hwy. 41-A in Dixon to the county’s high garage.
“That road is very, very rough and I’ve contacted Frankfort about possible help in blacktopping on the road and it looks like now that we’ll receive that help,” Judge Townsend stated. “We’re (county) on it right now because we have the equipment and the state doesn’t.”
Magistrates also accepted, as a formality, the annual budget from the Webster County Water District.
The budget listed total operating expenses and budget of $1,681,392. Total revenues and other income showed $1,809,191 along with capital expenditures total of $1,991,000. The budget will be submitted to the Department of Government for final approval.
Webster Magistrates also accepted the recommendation from the Webster County Extension District for new appointments including Kristi Higdon and Shellie Utley.
In personnel matters, court members approved Detention Center pay increases (based on job evaluation reviews) for Sherry Parrish, Tammy Fritz, Kevin Elder, Teresa Cole, Wes Watson and Bernard Willitt, Jr. New part-time deputy hires at the Detention Center include Timothy C. Vaughn, Lesligh Overfield and Amy Smith.
During road requests, Magistrate Chad Townsend requested several potholes filled on Jim Villines Road on the chip-and-seal section of the road.
In final business, Judge Townsend presented a request for a donation from a group of local citizens hoping to establish a food bank in the county. Webster County Food Bank and Emergency Services, Inc., is filing an Articles of Incorporation application with the state and the request was for $400 from fiscal court to aid in that application.
“I talked with Clint (Prow) and he said that fiscal court could make a donation to the organization with no problems,” Judge Townsend stated. “This is a one-time donation.”
It was noted that the organization is hoping to store canned goods in the old Carhartt building located in Sebree and is also hoping to expand throughout the county with groups in each town. Board of Directors for the organization include: Tammy Moore, Dan Hawkins, Connie O’Nan, Charles Buchanan, J. D. Buchanan, Melanie Kelsey, James Nance and Catholine Townsend.
In final business, it was announced that the annual county employee Christmas breakfast will be held Friday, Dec. 16 and the next schedule meeting for fiscal court is Tuesday, Dec. 27.
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