Fiscal Court Recap

Wayne County Fiscal Court may consider hiring a financial advisor to help them make decisions regarding how they spend American Recovery Plan Act funding received from the federal government. The court met last night (Monday) and discussed that option.

County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson recommended that the court hire an advisor, as he discussed the issue with magistrates. He said that the measure would cost the county about 1.5 percent of its overall ARPA funding and that would translate into about $58,000. Anderson said he had reached out to other county judge-executives to see what action they were taking in regard to financial advisors for the funding. At this point, he had not received a significant amount of feedback but he told magistrates that he would be in favor of seeking help in regard to what the funding can be spent on.

There are a number of different areas the county can look to improve, as its initial step to improve and expand broadband coverage. Other improvements they may look at include expanding city water coverage. Magistrates made a motion to table action at this point until they receive more feedback regarding what other counties are doing in regard to financial advisors.

Also during the meeting, the court approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in regard to the road improvement project on Edwards Mountain. Funding in the amount of $114,636 has been awarded for the project.

Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder said the ambulance service is on target to answer a record number of calls this year. So far Wayne County EMS has answered a total of 3,187 calls in 2021, including 292 in October.  The agency has been awarded a $97,000 grant which will be used to upgrade them to new digital radios. That brings total Homeland Security Funding for this project to $160,000. Emergency Management has been awarded a $6,900 grant that will be used to purchase a generator for the 911 dispatch center.