Darren Doyle, story and photos
Judge Cannon reported that the county had received a Community Development Fund Block Grant in the amount around $297,000 that will allow the Lincoln Fire Department to add a satellite location (or sub station) in the area. The Lincoln district is the largest in the county and Cannon said a new sub station would have huge advantages to the area, including faster response time and possible lower insurance rates for area residents.
The county was denied the grant back in December of 2015 but applied again as soon as the opportunity was available. Cannon said he received the letter from Governor Bevin's office last week that approved this year's grant.
Also at the Monday, April 25th fiscal court meeting, County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that his crew had been busy paving various areas. Judge Wil Cannon also reported his office had received a call complimenting Page and the road crew for recent work completed on J.O. Davis Road. Cannon said it was important to note that folks are sometimes ready to call and complain about something, but rarely to call and commend any departments.
Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that Det. Wally Ritter's vehicle had been taken to a local repair shop for issues that the truck was having in the wheel. The repair shop said that it looked like someone had purposely loosened all the lug nuts on Ritter's vehicle, which could have been disastrous. The incident caused other damage to the wheel and is currently being repaired.
Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that a donation along with a grant had recently allowed him to not only purchase body cameras for his deputies, which you can read about by clicking here.
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson reported on a huge Pro Disc Golf that was held over the weekend at Chalybeate Park. Hudson said over 14 states were represented and the event seemed to be a success. He said he was looking forward to hosting more major events at the park.
He also reported that the little league baseball and softball seasons were underway and had seen a successful start. Hudson said he feels like Parks and Rec is an all-out community service that is trying to help the county year round, working with everyone. "It seems that we're making progress with the rest of the organizations in the community," he said. "We're improving our cooperation with all local organizations so we all can get the most from our individual programs, but for the same good."
During the last meeting, a representative from United Way of Southern Ky requested $7500 from the county to help fund the organization's new "2-1-1" Help Call System that would be a system for Edmonson County residents that could direct people to job openings, health care questions, education possibilities, and more. Judge Cannon said he liked the idea, but because of an already strapped budget, contributing to the program would force cuts somewhere else, something he didn't think was a good idea. The court disapproved the funding at this time.
Prunty also reported that the county had also recieved a CMRS Grant in the amount of $56,792 which will be used for upgrading county mapping and digitizing records.
Judge Cannon said that the park had broken the law by not paying the taxes and said the court would proceed to file a legal complaint through the County Attorney in order to properly collect the amount owed.
The next Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, May 9, 2016.