WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/10/13) - At Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates began the first discussion of budgets for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013.
The first budget the court tackled was Road Aide for next year. Currently there is an estimated $1,116,600 in road aide money available for projects around the county for 2013
Judge Executive Jim Townsend opened the floor for road requests. Magistrate Jerry “Poogie” Brown suggested Honeysuckle Lane as one road that was in need of repair.
Magistrate Tony Felker questioned if they could do anything to Old Madisonville Road in Providence.
“There are more houses out there than there used to be,” Felker said. “It probably really needs to be widened. Is that a city or county road?”
“I think that it’s a joint road,” Townsend said. He added that they had done work on Old Madisonville Road in the past, although it was technically within the Providence city limits.
Judge Townsend added Sandefer Lane, Overfield Road and Fred Eastwood Road to the list of possibilities.
With the Road Aide budget settled for the time being, the court moved into the Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) budget hearing. The estimated amount in that fund for the next fiscal year is $790,000.
The largest request the court heard was from Webster County Soil Conservation for $110,000.
The Oasis shelter in Dixon requested $5,000 and the Children’s Advocacy Center requested $2,000.
Magistrate Brown, on behalf of the Slaughters Fire Department requested $50,000 for the purchase of a new fire truck.
“We’ll go ahead and put them down for that, but I think we’ve already found them one for $25,000,” Judge Townsend said.
Speaking on behalf of the Providence Community Food Bank, Providence City Councilman Keith Ferrell entered a request of $5,000.
Webster County EMA Director Jeremy Moore presented the court with three items. The first was $3,000 to upgrade Webster County Search and Rescue from a hook and drag body search device to a sonar unit.
The second was funding to fix or relocated the county’s radio repeator tower.
“We’re having an issue with it,” Moore said. “It is affecting all of our radios and the emergency sirens. We’d like to request $25,000 for that.”
The EMA also requested funds to pay for its Mobile Command Post. Moore said that initially Homeland Security awarded them a $32,000 grant, but because of federal budget cuts, all they received was $16,000. He asked that the Fiscal Court consider paying the other half needed to complete the purchase.
“We might not be able to do all of these,” Judge Townsend said. “But we will give it our best shot.”
Next the court okayed a $1,260,877 operating budget for the Extension District.
In the road request portion of the meeting, magistrate Brown brought up J.R. Hall Road.
“The people who own the house and lot by 138 have some Bradford Pear trees just passed their house that have grown out over the road,” he said. “They aren’t actually on the road, but they’re hanging out into the right away. They really need to be trimmed.”
“If the home owner is cooperative it’s not problem,” said County Attorney Clint Prow. Either the owner could trim the trees or the county could dispatch a cutting crew. “If they aren’t, then we’ll have to send them a letter.”
“They haven’t been cooperative in the past,” Judge Townsend said.
Before closing the meeting, Judge Townsend read two proclamations into the minute. One was designating the month of April as National Child Abuse and Prevention Month in Webster County. The second was proclaiming the week of April 8-14, 2013 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Webster County.
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