Fiscal Court Recap, Oct 22, 2018: Conservation District Report, Industrial Authority To Receive TVA Funds
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
A very light agenda was discussed at today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting as the Edmonson County Conservation District gave their annual report to county officials.
District Supervisory Member Danny Vincent discussed the nature of the district, monies spent and generated in Edmonson County, and various activities and programs that have benefited local farmers and landowners over the last year.
Vincent thanked Fiscal court on behalf of the district for $19,400 in funding from county, which comes in form of Conservation District taxes paid by local tax payers.
"We’re not the EPA or a part of them," said Vincent. "We don't govern what farmers do, we just want to continue helping local farmers protect their land and the environment. We provide programs and assistance that might keep the EPA off your doorstep."
He also discussed various programs and advantages made possible by the district to local farmers, which included a grant for fallen animals over 500lb, which provides up to $100 for disposal and burial of the animal, and a soil testing program that reimburses homeowners for soil samples for lawn or garden usage and farmers for crops. He also said that farmers with over 10 acres need a farm water quality program, and the district is available to help prepare such a program and keep those records.
He also discussed the educational opportunities provided by the district at local schools along with their annual tree seedling program where approximately 1000 trees per year are given away. He added that the district was instrumental in bringing over $68K to local farmers in cost sharing programs, all of which went to Edmonson County farmers.
The court passed a motion to accept the report.
The court also heard from various offices that included:
County Road Department: Road Foreman Ray page said road crews are currently in Districts 6 and 4 where the final blacktop projects for the year will soon be completed. He also said seasonal mowing crew members have been laid off and that he hopes to have them back for next year's mowing season.
Jailer Hank Vincent said there were currently 20 county inmates housed in the Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He noted one of the jailer's vehicles was undergoing a transmission rebuild while another vehicle is also under repair.
Judge Wil Cannon said the the Edmonson County Industrial Authority would be the beneficiary of more than $300,000 over the course of the next three years as a result of the county being 1 of 39 TVA Kentucky Economic Development partners. Cannon said the funding is to be used to invest in large industrial-related purchases in Edmonson County.
Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons said efforts had been made to contact film production companies that have made movies in the county over the past year for the purpose of coordinating a movie premier of some type but there had been no progress in reaching the companies.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9am.