Dollar raise for county employees

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SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Thursday, July 26, approving a dollar raise for county employees.

The fiscal court approved fund transfers of $50,000 from the general fund to the jail fund and $35,000 from the general fund to the LGEA fund. 

After finally receiving $125,000 in coal severance funding, which was line-itemed for the library construction project in House Bill 265 several years ago, the court approved dispersing the money to the library board.

Per the treasurer's recommendation, the fiscal court approved the payment of $1,448 to Metropolitan Property and Casualty, increasing the content coverage of the policy, specifically for flooding.

Since the meeting was the first of the new fiscal year, the court agreed to disburse the annual contributions of $5,000 to the North Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department, Middle Fork Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department, South Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department, and the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

They approved the payment of $3,228 to C.I. Thornburg Co. Inc. for the pool chemicals at Ramey Memorial Park.

The fiscal court entered into an agreement with Foothills regarding the 911 addressing system, sharing information to enhance the 911 system. 

Magoffin County Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin brought up to the court that the state had asked the county to take over maintenance of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, but said he did not think they should agree since the state was already responsible for that. He also asked the county attorney to draw up an ordinance stating the county judge cannot agree to take over maintenance of the trail without fiscal court approval. No action was taken in the meeting regarding the state's request or about a potential ordinance.

Hardin also told the court he had talked to a representative of the sheriff's association and the treasurer and said they felt the court was obligated to pay the sheriff's salary every year. He said Sheriff Carson Montgomery had not asked for his salary for two years. Hardin motioned they pay one of those years, then start making monthly payments to stay up to date. His motion failed to receive a second. 

After some discussion, the fiscal court agreed to a $1 raise for all non-elected county employees, effective July 1. The raise accounts for 6 percent of the budget and is the first raise in five years, Hardin said. 

Six years after borrowing $50,000 from the county to pay on the delinquent electricity bill for Salyersville Water Works, the Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said are prepared to cut a check to the county to repay that debt. Hardin said the money will be used to clean out the cut-thru. He also asked the county attorney to write up something to specify that the check is covering that debt in order to simplify the next audit.

The next regularly-scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for August 23.