Following the recent layoff of two office personnel and a parttime deputy by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department, the Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted unanimously to extend a loan of $20,000 to the sheriff ’s department to prevent any further layoffs.
At the Sept. 6 special meeting, Judge/Executive Jim Ward told the court that the funds will be taken from the Road and Bridge Fund and will be repaid as soon as county tax revenues come in. The sheriff ’s department derives most of its income from collecting county taxes.
“If we don’t help, they may have to close it up,” said Ward.
Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming made a motion to extend the loan and the vote was unanimous to approve the loan.
In other business, the court also voted unanimously to adopt an agreement between the county and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for $273,000 in road aid funds. The agreement calls for the Transportation Cabinet to reimburse the county for up to $273,000 for work completed by the county, or consultants, contractors, or subcontractors hired to work on various county roads.
In response to a comment about the need to pave gravel roads in the county, Judge Ward said he agrees on the question of need, but that state law forbids using the money for that purpose and it must only be used to resurface roads that have already been paved. The court also voted to accept a resolution adopting and approving a Memorandum of Agreement between the county and the Transportation Cabinet that allows it to accept the funds.