SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, October 20, discussing changes to the county road system, as well as precautions needed for Trick-or-Treat night.
In routine business, the court approved a $30,000 fund transfer from the general fund to the jail fund.
Under departmental reports, Deputy Judge Kevin Howard said another round of county road signs will be installed soon and the security cameras are now operational at the community center. He said the Will Bailey Branch bridge has been installed and the Sammy Howard Road bridge has also been installed, with crews finishing up that project.
Howard said the Battlefield Park restrooms are now opened and being well maintained and supplied, as well.
The court acknowledge the tax rates (set by the taxing districts) so that the tax bills can be printed.
They passed a resolution in support of the Magoffin County Parks Improvement Project for playground equipment, asphalt ball courts, walking track and walk bridge for the Half Mountain Park and paving for the walking trail and parking lot at the Bloomington Recreation Park.
The court approved the Progress Rail contract renewal for six more months, allowing them to keep the same rates for FEMA projects.
They had received a petition to adopt a new county road on the south side of Whitelick Branch, with the court agreeing to send the county surveyor out to see if the road meets the criteria before voting on it.
The court approved the petition for road closure of Abraham Keeton Cemetery Road, Luther Williams Cemetery Road and Wendell Arnett Road at mile point 0.78, noting that the landowner had petitioned for the closure and it was not contested.
Magoffin County Judge-Executive Matt Wireman noted that they follow the city’s direction traditionally with setting Trick-or-Treat night, set for Halloween night, Saturday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., but he urged the community to take precautions and remember this is not an ordinary year.
“I think as a fiscal court, it’s in our best interest in public safety to let everyone know that will be the time, but we need to do it as safely as possible,” Wireman said. “Don’t go to a place and hit every home for a mile. Try to keep it within your circle and social distance. If you are in the vulnerable population, I wouldn’t choose to hand out candy. It’s just not safe. Be sure to hand sanitize frequently that night.”
Wireman said a traditional Halloween, with kids in groups going out to different households, is not a good idea, explaining that he doesn’t want to do anything that prolongs schools having to stay virtual-only.
The next Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Magoffin County Courthouse.