SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, May 29, renaming a county road after World War II war hero.
After hearing a presentation from Danny Adams, elaborating on the importance of honoring 99-year-old Albert Patrick, who recently received a Bronze Star Medal for his acts during WWII. The court unanimously agreed to change the name of Burning Fork Road, KY Rt. 1888, to Albert Patrick Highway.
"The guy was always proud of his county," Adams said of Patrick. "He's proud of where he's from and he's proud of serving his country. Let me tell you what he said. He said, ‘You know when I was in Pearl Harbor before the Japanese bomb at Pearl Harbor, the war was going on in Europe and I thought I had missed out on the war.' He was a rare breed. He was one of the greatest generations that was born, to do what he did."
Adams further explained that the significance of renaming the route after Patrick would be because he was born and raised on Burning Fork, living there for a large portion of his life. Patrick first lived in the Ivyton area, then later in the Bradley area.
There will be a dedication and signage for the road name change in the fall.
In general business news, they agreed to transfer $45,000 from the general fund to the jail fund. The court also approved the first reading of a budget amendment to keep the annual earthquake insurance policy, at a cost of $5,700.
Magoffin County Rescue Squad Captain Carter Conley and Jason Slusher presented to the fiscal court the recent classes and training the members of the rescue squad had attended, putting them in good standing for their pursuit of an FAA certification.
Slusher also told the court that they are working on securing funding for a thermal imaging camera, which will help for search and rescues by being able to find people using their own body heat.
The fiscal court voiced their full support for the rescue squad and gave them $1,000 to use toward the purchase of a new drone with thermal imaging capabilities.
They also passed a resolution regarding the signing of documents for the $1.255 million water expansion project, announced last year, which is close to being underway. The project will install new lines from North Magoffin Elementary, running down U.S. 460 to the new industrial park on the Mountain Parkway, and picking up new customers along the way, as well as making improvements to the system.
Magoffin County Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin further explained that the industrial park will have an elevated 5,000-gallon water tank to supply the park's service and would allow a connection to the Middle Fork section of the county, which will improve fire protection for that area.
The next regularly-scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is slated for June 28 at 5 p.m.