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Fiscal court meets: March 2017

SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, March 21, despite sending out a notice that the meeting would be rescheduled to later in the week. 

Magoffin County Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin apologized for the confusion, explaining he originally did not think he would be able to make the regular meeting due to a scheduling conflict, but at the last minute found out he could be in attendance. 

In the bare-bones meeting, with only Hardin, Magistrates Matt Wireman and Pernell “Buck” Lemaster, and County Attorney Greg Allen in attendance, the court continued with regular monthly meeting agenda items.

The court unanimously agreed to pay the bills, transfer $15,000 from the general fund to the jail fund, and pay $806 to Sonic Wall Services for a two-year internet security system (virus protection and firewall).

The court acknowledged they had received the jail budget, as presented by the treasurer, which will be included in the general budget in May, though no vote was necessary.

The second reading of the budget amendment for the 2016-2017 budget was unanimously passed, as well. 

Hardin explained they have received funds to extend the sewer to the industrial park and motioned to advertise for bids regarding that project, which was unanimously passed.

The court also passed Hardin’s motion to advertise for bids to use Flex Funding from the Rural and Secondary Roads Program to blacktop portions of Gifford Road and Jellico. 

Magistrate Lemaster suggested looking into funding to purchase blacktopping equipment in efforts to cut costs of these types of projects, however, Hardin said he was afraid that could negatively affect their ability to receive state funding.

The court passed a resolution to apply for regional grants in regards to the recycling program, working with other counties in an effort to receive funding for the recycling projects. 

They approved the payment through the Litter Abatement grant money to litter groups who had held cleanups. 

Magistrate Matt Wireman stated that he wanted to clarify that county road 1163Y is listed as Meadows Branch Road on the state maps, though, Hardin asked Wireman to wait until the emergency director is present at the next meeting to confirm.

Important to note, Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner was not in attendance at the meeting due to serving his sentence for a guilty verdict on charges relating to conspiracy to commit vote-buying in the 2014 elections. His appeal of the case is still pending. 

The next regularly-scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

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