The Harlan Fiscal Court met in a special called session on Friday to discuss a few topics including an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet concerning $275,000 in discretionary funds for Harlan County roads from the Governor’s Office.
“The next item on the agenda is to approve a memorandum between the court and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,” said Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley.
Mosley explained the specifics of the resolution and agreement to the court.
“Over the past several years, Gov. (Steven) Beshear has awarded Harlan County with discretionary funds in the amount of over $750,000,” said Mosley. “We appreciate the governor for his commitment to seeing the roads in Harlan County are maintained.”
Mosley said such funds are important to the county.
“Hopefully, under the next gubernatorial administration that program will continue,” Mosley said. “It’s essential for continuing to maintain the roads…without it, it would be very difficult to maintain those roads.”
Mosley mentioned the county had also received other funding from the Department of Transportation.
“We’ve recently received $152,000 from the Department of Transportation, and that was for what we experienced back in the winter with the substantial snowfall we received in a three-week period,” Mosley said. “We had $190,000 in costs related to contractors, overtime for our employees at the road department and also salt that wasn’t budgeted. We submitted an emergency road fund request and got that approved by the governor as well. Combined with FLEX, discretionary and emergency road funds for this year alone, we are receiving close to $700,000 in funding from the transportation cabinet just with those three things alone.”
With no further discussion, the court passed motions approving the resolution and the agreement.
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