On Monday, March 11, 2019 the Owsley County Fiscal Court met in regular session at 6 pm. The minutes of the February meeting were suspended til next month with a motion that was made and carried. A motion was made and carried to approve the minutes of the January meeting that had been suspended in February. The treasurer's report was given. The General Fund has a cash balance of $171,531.10 and the Road Fund has a cash balance of $222,337.27. The Jail Fund has a cash balance of $12,970.37 and the L.G.E.A. Fund has a cash balance of $20,218.15. Solid Waste Fund has a cash balance of $20,401.87, the Parks & Recreation Fund has a cash balance of $1,331.85 and the LGEDF Fund has $897.16. A motion was made and carried to acknowledge receiving the treasurer's report.
Ashley Ratliff from the former Sheriff's department presented the court with the former Sheriff's Fee Account Closing. She stated that they would be giving a check in the amount of $33,870.76. There is actually $34,870.76 in the account but we will need to leave some money in the amount to keep the account open until the next audit. A motion was made and carried to approve this.
Mark Edwards was present to ask the Court to close a small section of road to a cemetery. The cemetery now has access from new Hwy. 30. The section that he asked the court to close is approximately 150 feet long and is owned by heirs of one family. A motion was made and carried to start the process of closing the road. There was a motion made and carried to approve the 2019-2020 Rural Secondary Recommendations.
Donna Hardin told the court that the USDA Grant that we applied for to get a new fire truck should start releasing funds for the truck in the very near future. She also told the court that KRADD is doing a “Feed a Senior Citizen Community Champion Week – March 18-22, 2019.” To serve a senior citizen with a meal it costs $148 per month. KRADD is asking for donations because their funding continues to be slashed and they need help. For more information, please call (606) 436-3158. Cassie Hudson from Partnership Housing reported to the court that they have 3 duplexes under construction right now. Partnership Housing has built 42 new houses and Rehab has helped with 225 houses.
Sue Christian from BEC (Booneville Entertainment Center) told the court that they are offering FREE movies every Friday evening starting at 7 pm. The only thing that is charged for is concessions. The money from the concessions is used to pay the payment on the old Booneville Theater. The BEC is in it's 4th year. “We have grown by 414% since we started,” stated Sue Christian. She went on to say that they should be hearing from the Brownfield Grant soon that they have applied for. She also stated that if something happens that we don't get this grant, we will apply until we get it. She said to check on Facebook or call (606) 593-7777 to see what movie is playing. Anyone that has questions can call her at (606) 593-7777.
Teleworks added 6 in February. They have brought in a little over $5,197,920.00. So far, over 240 people have gotten jobs through Teleworks. The Rec Center now has more young kids coming to play in the evenings and weekends because basketball season is winding down.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the days to get in touch with Cheryl McCauley if you need help with getting someone into drug/alcohol rehab. They will assist you in getting the help that they need. You do not have to do it alone. This may be the only way to prevent some people from going to the graveyard early. They are located in the Advocacy Office which is in the Action Team by the Family Dollar.
A long discussion on the garbage dumpster that is located across from the courthouse ensued. The court discussed how to approach the problem. A person was seen climbing out of the dumpster one morning. The court finally decided to move the dumpster and see how that goes. The court then talked about the governor declaring a state of emergency because of the recent rains. Owsley County has done everything that we need to do to be included in this declaration. If anyone has damage that has not been reported, please get in touch with the county judge's office.
There was a motion made and carried to do transfers as needed and another to pay all legally incurred bills. The court was asked about striping off the parking spots around the courthouse. There have been truck drivers asking about not allowing people to park on the corners around the courthouse. The court decided to stripe it off and post signs that say “No Parking” on the corners. Cale Turner thanked both PRTC and The Booneville Sentinel for their coverage of the meetings. A motion was made and carried to adjourn the meeting.