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Fiscal court to get CARES Act funding


SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, July 21, passing a resolution for CARES Act funding and discussing the closure of two county departments through the remainder of the week.

During departmental reports, Deputy Judge Kevin Howard updated the court on ongoing projects, noting that the move of 911 to the courthouse is nearing completion. He said they are waiting on the delivery of the generator they have ordered before they can finish the project, but they hope to go live from the courthouse by the first week in August.

Howard said they have been working on road resurfacing projects recently, with many completing FEMA projects. Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matt Wireman explained that in addition to FEMA funding, the recent blacktopping used state discretionary funds and Flex funds, all of which can only be used for blacktopping already paved roads, with strict guidelines for how the money can be used. He also noted that is why they are working to get their own chipseal equipment, which will allow them to surface roads that have not been blacktopped and will meet the requirements for resurfacing funds. 

Howard said they will be working on the Frank Williams Bridge replacement next and that more road signs will be installed soon throughout the county.

The Battlefield Park restroom project is set to be completed in the next two weeks, Howard also said.

Under new business, the court passed a resolution for the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will allow the judge/executive to sign documents so the county can be reimbursed by CARES Act funding for COVID-19-related expenses. Wireman explained that they currently have approximately $90,000 that has been spent that should be eligible for those funds.

The fiscal court approved the county’s option for flood insurance through MetLife, which has to be chosen annually, going with the option that was $11 more, but doubled the coverage, Wireman noted.

They also acknowledge the receipt of the in-kind match contribution from Magoffin County Senior Citizen, as well as the audit for the Magoffin County Water District.

Judge Wireman also reappointed Chris Ousley to the Magoffin County Board of Assessment Appeals. 

Using the Magoffin County Cleanup Grant, which has been on hold since COVID-19, the court approved to hire four temporary workers at $10 an hour. Similarly, they approved to move Brian Pennington, who has been working as a temporary worker at the county garage, to full-time at a rate of $12 an hour.

Wireman also announced that his office issued a press release earlier that day, explaining that the county garage and recycling center would be closed the rest of the week due to a couple of workers being in close contact with people who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Wireman apologized to the businesses that would be affected by the closure, but noted it was something that had to be done to reduce the risk of spreading the virus further.

The court met in executive session regarding pending litigation, with Judge Wireman abstaining from participating due to the case involving a family member, but no action was taken during the executive session and the matter tabled to the next meeting.

The meeting was closed to the public due to social distancing requirements, but the meeting was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. The next regular Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m.


Heather Oney

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