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County names bridge after POW


SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, June 18, naming a bridge after a Korean War POW and agreeing to close a road. 

The court approved the following fund transfers from the general fund: $30,000 to the jail fund, $20,000 to the LGEA fund, $15,000 to the solid waste fund, and $1,153 to the Community Center Sinking Fund (for a loan payment). 

The fiscal court unanimously approved the second reading of the budget amendments to the 2018-2019 budget, as well as the second reading of the 2019-2020 budget. 

During committee reports, Deputy Judge Kevin Howard told the court the gutters have been cleaned out and pressure washing complete at the courthouse, justice center and community center. The gutters have been cleaned and/or repaired at the courthouse and community center. The gym floor has been cleaned, with the old flooring took up and the floor pressure washed and mopped.

Judge-Executive Matthew Wireman said there was an odor they thought was from the sewer, but when cleaning they found it was the old flooring, which has been removed and added to the surplus list they also approved in the June 18 meeting.

Kevin Howard also said they will be fixing the lights on the outside of the community center this week, in time for the Fourth of July events.

He also noted that the horse park has been cleaned and pressure washed, with a horse show held there recently, and another slated for July. The fiscal court agreed they need to promote the horse park more.

Howard told them the environmental study for moving 911 to the courthouse is ongoing and that they are continuing to make calls regarding updating the 911 addresses in the community. Wireman explained that this is a key step to getting mobile 911. As it stands right now, if someone calls 911 from a cellphone, their call gets routed to the Pikeville KSP post, but if they get it the mobile 911 status, the county’s 911 will get the calls directly, as well as the funding.

Ashley Salyer said they have been working on the FEMA projects from the February flooding, but said they will be having the bridge inspector check four bridges in Magoffin.

Wireman explained the Whitelick bridge is on the list as an ABC bridge (accelerated bridge construction), which will start soon. He said they will be notifying the residents affected and the project will be expedited.

The fiscal court agreed to advertise for bids to complete FEMA project bridges, pending FEMA inspections. That will include the Lummie Lemaster Bridge, which is included in the classified section of this issue of the Independent.

While the veterans committee has found six names to honor by officially naming bridges after the war heroes, the state requires the court to pass a resolution for each bridge. They agreed to honor Sgt. First Class James Melvin Rudd, a Korean War POW from Magoffin County, naming the Oakley bridge (just past the walking bridge). The resolution read by Vince Minix in Tuesday’s meeting can be found on page A6.

The court awarded a bid to replace the heating and cooling system at the community center to KY Wide Heating and Cooling, out of Johnson County, for $33,000. They will be using coal severance single line item funding for the project, in which they have already requested $40,000.

They approved to close the Blue Spruce Pine road on the uncontested petition from the landowner. Wireman explained that there is only one landowner adjacent to that road and they had requested for it to be closed as a county road.

The court declared multiple vehicles, equipment and various items as surplus property, but decided to wait until after July when the law changes to act on whether to hold a public auction for all of the items or to consider junking some of it. The law change gives them more flexibility regarding surplus property, though currently they could only either have a public auction or accept sealed bids on the items.

Upon receiving a petition from all the residents and with all in agreement, the court agreed to change the name of Beecher Tackett Road to Layne Porter Road.

With the exceptionally rainy weather, Wireman said they haven’t been able to mix up the cold patch to do some road repairs, he said his four temporary workers have been working to help the recycling center get caught up, noting he is still looking at applications for the other two temporary positions. 

Wireman explained that the Board of Assessment Appeals is made up of three members, one appointed by the mayor, one by the fiscal court and one by the judge-executive. He said Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd has appointed Bill Montgomery to the board, and he has appointed Chris Ousley. He told the court they have received only one application, from Brenda Hill, and noted that she does meet all the criteria for being able to sit on the board. The fiscal court unanimously appointed Hill to the Board of Assessment Appeals.

They also approved Kevin Howard as an additional FEMA applicant agent so he can help in the application process.

Wireman said he will probably call a special meeting for Monday, June 24 at 1 p.m., pending clearing the date with all of the magistrates, to go over needed changes to the administrative code, insurance renewals, the Rumpke contract, and getting high-visibility uniforms for road crew workers. 

He also reminded the public that they have one tractor and 193 roads, so if they haven’t mowed the roadsides, he said they will get to it, also noting that they are looking into purchasing one or two more tractors. He said they are also going through the trainings to be able to utilize inmates for weed-eating, hoping to be able to start doing that on roads with guardrails or fences.

Important to note, all motioned passed unanimously in Tuesday’s meeting, but Magistrate Joe Bailey was not in attendance.

The next regularly-scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for July 16 at 6 p.m.



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