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FC names parks, honors historian

This photo, taken by Randal Risner in 2016, showed progress at the park and shelter, now named after him.

SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in special session on Tuesday, holding the first reading of an amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, approving the lease for the senior citizens center and officially naming two county parks.

In the June 22 meeting, the fiscal court approved the first reading of an amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, basically making it the same as the city’s so restaurants outside of the city limits can sell alcoholic drinks. Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matt Wireman noted that the only difference between this ordinance and the city’s is that the county’s will exclude Sunday alcohol sales.

Wireman explained there’s not a lot of interest in those kinds of sales, currently, but it could help them to attract businesses to the area. Magistrate Darrel Ray Howard voted against the amendment, citing his religious beliefs conflict with the sale of alcohol, but the first reading was approved 3-to-1.

The court unanimously approved the agreement with the Magoffin County Senior Citizens to lease portions of the Lloyd M. Hall Community Center. Wireman explained they have been approving this lease agreement for years, with the only change to this current agreement being they will also be leasing the old 911 portion of the community center.

The fiscal court also approved to officially name the park at Half Mountain as the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park and the park at Bloomington as the Bloomington Community Park, as well as approved a resolution honoring Randall Risner by naming the shelter located at the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park as the “Randall Risner Memorial Shelter.” Risner, who passed away in 2019, was instrumental in the planning and securing the funding for the Half Mountain park, pushing for the preservation and remembrance of the historical events of the Civil War battle that occurred there. A dedication for the shelter will be scheduled at a later date, to be announced.

They also approved a resolution for LGEDF Grants, which are coal severance grants, Wireman noted. The Magoffin County Water District project extending water to the industrial park and blacktopping the track and parking lot at the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park are included in those grants, and the resolution updated the county’s information to reflect passed House and Senate bills. Wireman said they also have the economic tourism project, but they’re adding where they got a single line-item funding with the hopes of getting a new vehicle for the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

Wireman also explained that they hope to be able to use some of the funds to make necessary improvements to the Ramey Memorial Park.

Prior to adjourning, the court also approved a declaration of surplus property. They will accept sealed bids on the items and anything that is not bid on can be disposed.

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