The Johnson County Fiscal Court met in special session on Monday afternoon. After regular approvals and transfers, the court approved an increase in the receipt and expenditure accounts on the sheriff’s 2017 fiscal year budget. These increases were pertaining to a lake contract, KLEFPF, and the cost of returning a fugitive. The 2016 tax settlement statements from the sheriff’s office were also approved. Judge Daniel expressed his appreciation to County Clerk Sallee Holbrook as the court approved her quarterly report.
Also discussed at Monday’s meeting, a conference call is set for this Wednesday regarding the sewer line project underway in Van Lear. Judge Daniel says the county is hoping to get that project back on track very soon.
Earlier this year, we learned that funding was secured to blacktop several Johnson County roads. The fiscal court announced on Monday that five of the roads had been blacktopped, and several others are awaiting their contractor.
A bridge along Denver Branch appears to be washing out. Judge Daniel says the bridge is not dangerous, but some cosmetic work is certainly necessary. The cost of repairs on the bridge would likely be around $25,000.
Gary McClure gave his monthly activity report for the previous month. McClure spoke highly of an exercise in Pikeville conducted in June by Kentucky Emergency Management. McClure reflected on the 2015 flooding when stressing the importance of this communication. The National Guard, State Police and several agencies were among Johnson County in participation at that event.