The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning at the courthouse in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer, Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order.

The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the July 24th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments in which she stated that the Princeton Kiwanis, Rotary, and Optimist Clubs will be holding an informational meeting with Jim Askins from the Kentucky Wired project on Tuesday, September 18th at noon and at 5:30PM. The meeting is open to the public so members of the community can learn more about the Kentucky Wired project and what it’s bringing to the area. The meetings will be held at Majestic House in Princeton.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business. The first item of new business was to approve the authorization to advertise for bids for the Medical Contract for the Caldwell County Jail. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved to advertise for bids.

Lana Alderice, Major Accounts Manager, and Chris Feinstalk from Waste Corporation of America then stood and addressed the court about their recent acquisition of Freedom Waste Services. Lana stated that WCA has taken over all of Freedom Waste Services’ locations in Western Kentucky but that they will be keeping all employees, including the 25 employees in Princeton. She also stated that customers will now be able to access their accounts online and sign up for online bill pay. WCA will also be investing $6 million over the course of the next several months to update all of Freedom Waste Services locations, including supplying new trash collecting equipment.

Amanda Davenport, Lake Barkley Partnership Economic Development Director, then addressed the court for a bit of an update on all that the partnership is doing. Amanda stated that the build ready site in the Industrial Park on Highway 62 West has had several companies express interest in the last few months and that she is optimistic that offers to come into the area would happen in the near future. She also mentioned that there will be a meeting at the Tourism Center on Wednesday, August 29th with members of the partnership as a way to update the public on what the partnership is doing and to get feedback on what more they could do for the community.

The next item of new business was to approve the monthly financial statement. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the financial statement.

The last items of new business were to approve Treasure’s transfers and to pay bills as presented. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the Treasure’s transfers and to pay bills as presented.

The court then heard various reports from county departments and committees before Judge Dunning gave several announcements. She mentioned that there is a tentatively scheduled public forum with Caldwell County Judge Executive and Magistrate Candidates on Monday, September 24th. There is currently no time or location set as the date is still tentative, but plans are to hold the forum on that date and more information will be released closer to the event. Judge Dunning also read a thank you note from the 4-H’ers who attended 4-H Camp in June; because of donations from the county eight students were able to attend this year’s camp.

Judge Dunning then entertained a motion to adjourn and after a motion and a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 28th and is open to the public.

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