Whitesburg KY

Fiscal court votes to table action on three budget plans

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted to table budgets submitted by the Letcher County Soil Conservation District, the Letcher County Public Library District, and the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service.

Several court members said they did not have sufficient information at the May 21 meeting to approve the special district budgets. They also asked that representatives of the three agencies come to the meeting to explain them.

Letcher County Attorney Harold Bolling, after hearing the questions about the budgets, suggested it would be good policy to table the proposals until the June meeting. District Two Magistrate Archie Banks made the motion, which was approved unanimously.

In other business, the court voted unanimously to act as fiscal agent for a Homeland Security Grant to the new Fleming-Neon Fire Department. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming asked that a room at the fire department be allocated for use as a disaster center for Fleming-Neon. However, County Attorney Bolling said the subject had come up before, but the room has not been approved for occupancy and is not up to code. Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward suggested using a room next door to the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center which formerly housed LKLP offices.

The court also voted unanimously to accept a bid from Legacy Playground Equipment for playground equipment for the Skyline Park at Haymond for $22,502. Magistrate Fleming jokingly assured District Three Magistrate Codell Gibson there are no known ghosts at Skyline Park. Gibson introduced a motion at the court’s last regular meeting which says the court will not support any projects that concern ghosts.

Benny Hamilton of the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) reported on progress with the Pioneer Horse Trail on Little Shepherd Trail and told the court that habitat assessments on several bat species, including the Indiana Bat and Bigeared Bat, along with the Black Sided Dace, a species of minnow, will have to be conducted before the trail can open.

Hamilton said that Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Karen Alecksi said the Fish and Wildlife agency wishes to conduct the assessments itself. County Attorney Bolling suggested that a “ghost study” be conducted as well.

The court also conducted the second reading of the county’s $8,508,602 operating budget for Fiscal Year 2009-10 and approved it unanimously.

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