Madison Doyle, story:
Fiscal court was held today, June 13, 2022. The second reading of the county's annual budget for the next fiscal year was read and approved in the amount of $11,419,186.98, which is up from $7.5 million more than last year due to grants, including FEMA, ARPA, and CDBG funding.
Funding secured through FEMA has helped the county with a number of road and flooding projects, portions of the ARPA funding (American Rescue Plan Act) have been earmarked throughout the year for various projects, and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) have also been placed into the budget.
Road Report: County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll reported that crews made a few repairs since the last meeting. He said they have finished blacktopping half of Basham Road, and are holding off on finishing the rest until more FEMA money is available.
EM Director Report: Emergency Management Director Terry Massey reported that there have been no major episodes since the last fiscal court meeting.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that due to a change in office staff, the Sheriff's hours are changing. On Monday through Friday, the office will be open from 8 am - 4pm, with the exception of Thursday, on which they will be open for a half-day.
Jailer Report: Todd Vincent reported that there are 38 current inmates housed at Hart County Jail.
County Attorney Report: County Attorney Greg Vincent reported that he met with Adam Turner, who will be taking Vincent's place as County Attorney in January, to familiarize him with some contracts and give him a better understanding of some responsibilities he will have once in office.
Tourism Report: Vanessa Ulm reported that the Tourism Commission has seen positive results over the past couple of weeks. She said that the Big Brownsville Bash, hosted by the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce brought in a record crowd on the square during the car show. She also mentioned that Kayaks and More will be at the Byrd Center this Saturday for their "Demo Day." She said this is for anyone who wants to come learn how to use a kayak properly.
Road material bids for Edmonson County were read aloud from different quarries in close location to Edmonson County. The fiscal court voted to accept all bids, and use whichever entity is closest and more efficient for their need at that time.
Magistrates also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for June 27, 2022 at 9 am.