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Spring cleanup dates set, vehicle to be purchased for senior center

SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, February 21, discussing the recent flooding, buying a vehicle for the senior citizens center, and spring cleanup dates.

The court approved the fund transfer of $30,000 from the general fund to the jail fund.

During departmental reports, Deputy Judge Kevin Howard updated the fiscal court on the Ramey Memorial Park baseball field light posts, which installation is scheduled to begin next week.

He said at Battlefield Park work is scheduled to begin Wednesday this week on the ramps up to the restrooms.

For facility upgrades, Howard said they will be installing two hot water pump drives at the justice center. He said sheetrock installation on the water-damaged areas of the justice center is also beginning this week.

He said he will be meeting with Hinkle to review fill work and measure additional blacktop areas along roads and parks on Friday to get some updated quotes.

The court approved a proposal from GeoComm for maintenance services to 911 for three years, which Judge/Executive Matt Wireman explained to the court is the mapping system for 911 services.

They also approved a flooring bid for the Magoffin County Justice Center where a waterline busted during frigid temperatures, May’s Carpet, who submitted the lowest bid.

As a procedural action for an ongoing matter, the court approved opting into the Opioid Settlement Fund in regards to Teva, Allergan, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.

Wireman said the old Millard Hensley School is up for sale currently, and in order to apply for grants or other funding to potentially purchase and convert the location into something for the county, he said they would need to have the property evaluated to make sure it is structurally sound. The court approved a proposal from Solid Ground Consulting Engineers, PLLC, to evaluate the property, at a cost of $6,500. Wireman explained they could possibly use the property for a treatment center, to bring in a business, or other economic development ventures and he just wants to make sure they do their due diligence before deciding if they want to purchase that property or not.

They also approved a resolution authorizing House Bill 1 Community Development Project to purchase a vehicle for the senior citizens center to use for Meals on Wheels. Wireman explained that they looked into USDA funding, but the center’s current vehicle is in poor condition and this coal severance funding is available, proposing to use $50,000 of that funding to purchase the vehicle much sooner.
The court approved the resolution for a county clerk election equipment grant, a process they have to go through to get reimbursed for the purchase of ES&S Pollbooks. County Clerk Renee Shepherd explained that the equipment was originally well over $2,000 but they were able to get them down to $955 each. They approved the proposal for the 20 pollbooks.

The fiscal court approved the 2023 Kentucky Waste Tire Management Program Agreement, which helps the county to dispose of waste tires. He said the only issue they will have is that the program sets the dates, which are April 20 – 22, so the county will have to hold its countywide cleanup prior to that date. He proposed that District 3’s cleanup dates be March 27 – 31, District 1’s April 3 – 7, and District 2’s April 10 – 14, with April 17 – 19 dedicated for getting caught up, as well as for separating out the tires collected during spring cleanup for the waste tire program.

The court acknowledged receiving excess fees from the Magoffin County Sheriff’s 2022 excess fees.

Per petitions from all affected landowners, the court approved to adopt Lanie Kell Road on Route 542 and Robinette Lane on Cripple Creek as county roads.

They also approved an updated county road list, including action taken last month.

Under communications, Wireman updated the court on last week’s flooding, which wasn’t as significant as some past floods, but noted it was more widespread, affecting over 70 different areas all over the county. He said county road workers are continuing to repair access points and other road damages throughout the county. He said he has declared a state of emergency in regards to the February 16 flooding in order to determine if the county is eligible for FEMA assistance.

Wireman said they also need to add some dispatcher positions at Magoffin County 911, which will be covered by the funding they now receive by handling all mobile 911 calls and text. He said they will be able to pay for three dispatcher positions. He also explained they have to go through a psychological assessment and go through four weeks of training and a probationary period. The court approved the addition of the three dispatcher positions.

The Magoffin County Fiscal Court is slated to meet on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the fiscal courtroom in the Magoffin County Courthouse Albert Patrick Building.

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