muhl courthouseMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (4/15/18) — Muhlenberg Fiscal Court agreed to accept a proposal from the city of Greenville to purchase LED lighting for the county’s outdoor lighting fixtures in downtown Greenville.

The monthly energy savings from the switch will be used to repay the city on an annual basis over a 10-year period, Judge-Executive Rick Newman told the magistrates at Thursday’s regular bi-monthly court meeting.

Fiscal court also decided to kick in $1,700 toward a joint tourism fireworks display on county property at the Muhlenberg Convention and Agricultural Center in Powderly. Central City, Greenville and Muhlenberg County tourism commissions will also put $1,700 toward the annual Fourth of July display, which is free to the public.

Central City Tourism Director Dr. Freddie Mayes addressed the court on behalf of the three tourism commissions. He asked the money be pooled by the county and used to pay for the fireworks. Greenville Fire Chief Jerry Aders told the court he needs to place the fireworks order soon to ensure meeting deadlines. He also said it takes 12-14 firefighters to administer the fireworks lighting.

Mayes said a “Freedom Festival” has been planned at Paradise Park featuring a performance by Thom Bresh at the Merle Travis Center and will culminate in the fireworks display.

A representative of the KentuckyWired network project also addressed fiscal court about the Commonwealth’s open-access broadband network to be managed by the Kentucky Communications Network Authority.

A public-private partnership has been established to design, build and operate the network for the next 30 years. The open access network will be the middle ground for the project. They will not be providers of internet services known as ISPs, which would be done by other companies to homes and businesses.

In other business, the county agreed to extend a lease agreement with Wallace Slinker to farm county-owned land for $160 per acre. The land is the Ag Center vicinity.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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