The Harlan County Fiscal Court honored NBC’s “The Voice” contestant Jordan Smith with a proclamation of support from the county.
Jordan Smith is set to start the third round of competition in the popular television show next week. He was asked by the fiscal court to come by and was supposed to sing the national anthem for those in attendance, but didn’t due to an illness. Judge-Executive Dan Mosley presented Smith with a plaque of the proclamation. The court proclaimed its support for Smith in his endeavor on behalf of the entire county. Mosley explained his relief that they chose Smith as the 2012 Poke Sallet Idol winner, because of the accomplishments Smith has had since then. Smith accepted the plaque and graciously thanked the fiscal court and county for their continued support.
The court wanted to implement the tax passed in a previous meeting for lodging, but cannot until they attach the tax to a board. They nominated people for the County Tourism Commission, so they could get the tax in place and move forward with their efforts. The state has specific guidelines for who must be represented on these types of boards and the court had to have three people to represent lodging on the board, someone to represent the food industry and representatives from each of the cities in the county who serve on the Chamber of Commerce’s behalf. The three lodging nominees are Lou Sturgill, Stephen Foster and Drenda Crider who were all nominated for a three-year term. The food industry’s representative who was nominated was Rose Langford, who is an assistant manager at Rax. Each of the cities; Loyall, Benham, Cumberland, Evarts and Lynch will have three representatives each from their respective Chamber of Commerce to serve on the commission.
The court also appointed members and extended the terms of members of the Cawood Water District. They extended the terms of Sheila Middleton, Harold Sellers and Tim Engle to four-year terms. They also appointed Howard Farmer Jr. to the board.
The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority presented the court with a check for $303,712.11. Chairman Harry Gibson said he’d been working diligently with Treasurer Ryan Creech and state auditors to determine how much the IDA owed the court since the court issued an ultimatum during last month’s fiscal court meeting. Gibson said there was a $50,000 payment in 2006 which could have come from the state and he was waiting for paperwork to determine if this money was owed to the court or not. He went on to say that the payment was “in good faith.” He explained the original payment of $460,000 was incorrect, because the IDA had payed off the loan the court was making payments on — on behalf of the IDA. Gibson further explained that if the findings of another separate audit concluded the IDA owed more money, they would pay it at that time, or if the audit concluded that the money the IDA gave in good faith wasn’t owed, then the fiscal court would repay the money to the IDA. Both parties seemed satisfied with the compromise and no further demands are required of the IDA until the audit is completed. The court voted to accept the check for $303,712.11 with only James F. Howard abstaining.
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