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Judge: County sanitation dept. now in black

After years of running in the red, the Letcher County Sanitation Department is showing a positive balance on its books.

Letcher County Judge/ Executive Terry Adams made the announcement just before County Treasurer Doris Jean Frazier delivered the Treasurer’s Report at the November meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court.

Judge Adams said the sanitation department is currently $26,774 in the black and thanked sanitation department workers and praised the work of Fiscal Court Clerk Bobbi Eldridge, who also handles billing for the sanitation department. Adams said he believes everybody should pay his or her share.

In a related matter, Frazier reported that the county received $272,740 from the auction sale of two Mack trucks it bought last year. The county recently voted to renew its leasing arrangement with Mack to provide two new heavy-duty trucks for the county. Under the lease arrangement, the county gets new trucks at the state contract price and returns the old ones, which are sold at public auction. In the past, the court has made a profit from the sale of the trucks. Frazier said the new trucks will cost $283,844, with approximately $20,000 interest, so the county will have the use of the new Mack trucks for about $20,000.

Caitlyn Myers of Kentucky Headwaters told the court it is constructing a watershed plan for the Kentucky River and various tributaries to address pollution. She said that there are high levels of E. coli bacteria from sewage and chemicals from mine drainage. Cleaning the rivers up will enhance the quality of life and provide for a better ecology, she said. She added that Low Income Septic Tank Repair Assistance is available and said to call 202-390-0043 for information.

In other business, the court voted unanimously to accept $1 million in mineral severance funds from the state. The money will be used for maintenance and improvements to the Letcher County Recreation Center and for volunteer fire departments in the county. Frazier said part of the money will be used to repay funds the court advanced to the fire departments earlier this year before the severance taxes were received.

Letcher County Jailer Burt Slone was unable to attend the meeting, but he did send the Jail Report. The Commissary Fund, which comes from sundries and snacks sales, aside from those that are provided, stands at $94,547.24. The Commissary Fund helps defray a variety of expenses, including the salary of a pharmacy tech to help with inmates’ prescriptions, gas for work release, and other things.

The court voted to reappoint former Letcher County Treasurer Phillip Hampton to the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Health Department. The members also voted to renew their annual contract with the Kentucky River Animal Shelter. Judge Adams said the cost of the contract has gone up from $2,000 a year to $2,500 a year, but it still represents the best solution the county has for stray animals.

The court voted unanimously to accept the bid from Tim Short Motors for a new one-ton dump truck with a snowplow to replace one that had been damaged by fire. Adams said the court has grant funds and the insurance settlement that will cover the cost of the truck.

The bid for the one-ton Chevrolet truck with a snowplow blade installed was $49,249.80. Pop’s Chevrolet of Prestonsburg also submitted a bid, but Tim Short Motors submitted the low bid.

Bank balances for county agencies as of October 31

General Fund: $472.094.14

Road and Bridge Fund: $1,062,549.15

Jail Fund: $46,808.57

LGEA Fund: $578,436.23

Senior Citizens Fund: $228.82

Forestry Fund: $18,364.20

Total of all funds : $2,178,481.11

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