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Fiscal court gears up for summer roadwork

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SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in special session on Thursday, May 30, agreeing to lease a fleet of county vehicles and replace the HVAC system at the community center.

Since the court had only received one bid for cold patch materials, they agreed to award the bid to Hudson Materials Company. Magoffin County Judge-Executive Matt Wireman explained to the court that he had checked with other government entities that had vouched for the products. He said that by awarding the bid, they will be able to fix stretches of roads throughout Magoffin County.

Related to the upcoming extra roadwork, the court also authorized Wireman to hire up to six part-time seasonal/temporary workers for the road department at a rate of $10 per hour.

They also approved to advertise for bids for a dump truck to be used to haul gravel, with Wireman stating that if he can find a good deal, he will bring it to the court to consider for purchase.

The court approved a leasing agreement with Enterprise for a county fleet of vehicles, which allows them to lease five vehicles (with the option of selling and replacing the vehicles every 12 to 18 months as needed) for the county at around the same cost of buying one vehicle for the county. Wireman explained that he has worked in places that used this type of leasing agreement and that it works, providing dependable vehicles at a fraction of the cost. 

They also agreed to utilize $40,000 of House Bill 200 Single Line Item Coal Severance funding to replace the HVAC units at the Lloyd M. Hall Community Center gymnasium.

Judge Wireman noted that they have worked on both units for temporary fixes, but both need to be replaced as soon as possible. He said he will have to talk to Senator Brandon Smith, but Representative John Blanton had already approved the use of the coal severance funding. 

Since the county had recently received a reimbursement from FEMA from 2015, the court also authorized Wireman to use an additional $40,000 to purchase road construction equipment (mini excavators, wheel loader, dump trucks, rollers, etc.) via public auctions and/or state/national price contract.

The court also approved to pay the election officials from the May 21 primary election.  

The next regular Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for June 18 at 6 p.m.
 

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