The Harlan County Fiscal Court will be auctioning off surplus sheriff’s department vehicles and a building after approving the requests at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The court will be advertising for bids on handicapped accessible playground equipment as well, for the playground at Dressen.
Harlan County Sheriff Leslie “Smitty” Smith requested the court declare a list of vehicles he presented as surplus property, so he could auction off the vehicles. The list included many Crown Victoria’s the department was using for parts to keep the few Crown Victoria’s they have on the road still running. He said there was no need for the Crown Victoria’s since they were all but out of service currently.
The court also approved to accept sealed bids for an aluminum storage building owned by the county. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said it would be cheaper to auction off the building than have it moved to another area in the county. The cost of moving the building will fall on whoever wins the bid.
Deputy Judge-Executive Colby Goss asked the court to allow him to pursue three grants for the county. One of the grants is designated for EMS personnel. The $10,000 grant through the Kentucky Board of Medical Services is crucial to EMS according to Goss, because it’s the only way they can obtain the expensive rescue vehicles they use. Most of their funding comes from coal severance tax monies which is in short supply currently, so the grant would be of great benefit to them. The other grant Goss received approval to pursue is the Promise Grant. The grant is to help get people in the area off of SNAP benefits explained Goss. The money is used to train unemployed people, so they can find a new career and stop receiving SNAP benefits like food-stamps or unemployment insurance. The last grant is the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund Grant. Goss said the newly formed Economic Development Authority best fits the criteria to qualify for the grant. The grant allows for up to $250,000 in monies to go toward a project to improve the economy of the area.
The court approved to advertise for equipment for a handicapped playground in Dressen.
Mosley said, “It’s long overdue,” regarding the park. He explained that handicapped citizens are a part of Harlan County as much as anyone else and they deserve public works dedicated to them as well.
In other fiscal court news:
- The court heard the second reading of the joint sewer ordinance and adopted it. Now each of the Tri-Cities’ city councils must pass the ordinance to move the project forward;
- James Sizemore received a letter of support and recognition from the county to recognize the White Top Band of Native Indians as a tribe;
- Granted a work easement in Cumberland for an Army Corps of Engineers project in the area;
- Accepted the audit for the County Clerk’s Office;
- Set the November meeting for Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.;
- Approved to pay election officers for the November elections;
- Approved the revised Coal Severance Priority list;
- Accepted the Treasurer’s monthly financial report:
- Approved for Coots Lane to be extended 75 feet;
- Approved to check the status of Turners Creek Road, which needs 300 feet of the road to be blacktopped;
- Passed a resolution to abandon Russell Lane as a county road;
- Approved minutes for last meeting.
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