Darren Doyle, story :
The Edmonson County fiscal court met on Thursday, December 22, 2016 instead of the regular fourth Monday of the month, which falls on the Christmas holiday.
Road Report: County Road Forman Ray Page reported that heavy rain last week caused two bridges to be underwater, on Blackgold Rd. and Cedar Grove Church Rd. He said the bridges were temporarily shut down but are now cleared and open.
Jailer Report: There are currently thirteen inmates, including two on home incarceration, and the jailer's office reported that there was currently no inmate in the hospital.
Parks and Rec Report: Program Administrator Greg Hudson presented a 10-year plan to the court for the parks program. Although he said not all items in the extensive plan would be easy or possible, they still needed to be part of the plan and incorporated in the long term strategy.
South Central KY Film Commission Contribution: Judge Cannon discussed the contributions from four county organizations which include the fiscal court, tourism, industrial authority, and chamber of commerce that would cover the fee to join the South Central Kentucky Film Commission. Cannon said all four had agreed to pay a portion of the $5000 fee. "I don't know what kind of economic impact this will have on Edmonson County, but it's a great opportunity that we need to take advantage of," he said. "If there are no positive results after a couple of years, then we can choose to do something else."
The original plan was for the four organizations to split the cost, each contributing $1250. The Chamber of Commerce said the amount was a little larger than they had available in their budget, but the Tourism office has said they could possibly make up the difference.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said that the new police cruisers, including two new Dodge Ram trucks and two Dodge Chargers have been ordered and will be delivered soon. He also said that the new security camera system had been installed at the Sheriff's Office and new backup firearms had been purchased, all funded with seized drug money. He also commended Deputy Amanda Coniglio on her effort to head up a relief fund for a local family that lost everything in a fire earlier in the week. He said thanks to her efforts, the family had received an outpouring of clothes, supplies, and Christmas presents. Deputy Coniglio led the relief efforts on her personal time.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9am. The following meeting will be one of the two yearly meetings held at night and is scheduled for January 23, at 6pm.