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 and County Clerk Toni Watson called roll. The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the February 13th meeting.

The meeting then moved to Judge Executive comments where Judge Dunning spoke about the meetings she attended with Kentucky’s legislators. She stressed that it’s very important to contact your legislators to let them know your feelings on legislation or else they will pass laws without a thought of the impact on citizens. Judge Dunning also mentioned that the Lake Barkley Partnership, which includes Caldwell, Lyon, and Crittenden counties, will be interviewing applicants for an Economic Development Director in the coming days. She expressed hope that the chosen applicant will begin working on bringing in economic opportunities for the area soon.

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 award bids for the new Courthouse Annex Roof. Magistrate Larry Curling, who sits on the council in charge of the Annex, recommended the court accept the lowest bid from Minter Roofing, located in Benton, for $62,000. After a motion and a second the court unanimously awarded the bid to Minter Roofing.

The next item of new business was a presentation from representatives of the Farm Bureau. The presentation implored that citizens remember where their food comes from. Even something as simple as a fully dressed cheeseburger involves several different farmers. The bun comes from grain farmers, the lettuce and tomatoes come from vegetable farmers, the beef comes from cattle farmers, who use grain farmers to feed their cattle, and on and on it goes to produce a staple of the American diet. So the next time you sit down to a meal think about the farmers who produced it. Magistrate Elbert Bennett then spoke, thanking the Farm Bureau for all they do here in the county, especially the farm safety programs they promote. Fire Chief Brent Frances then spoke, thanking the Farm Bureau for donating a grain bin to help the Fire and Rescue Department train for grain bin rescues.

The next item of new business was a report from Shane Bogle and Rhonda Jewell for the Caldwell County Extension Office. Shane stated that Kentucky is one of the only remaining states that still have extension offices in every county and that in 2017 offices around the state were able to directly impact over 6 million residents. Rhonda then took a moment to talk about 4-H Camp. When she started as the 4-H Agent in Caldwell County 15 years ago the cost for camp was $75, the cost is now $200. The Extension Office does offer scholarships to help students attend who would otherwise not be able to but can only offer these scholarships with the support of the county and it’s residents. They will be having a cook out on March 24th to help raise money for the scholarships and to offset the cost of camp for other campers. Last year 67 students attended and Rhonda expressed that 4-H Camp is a way for students to learn independence, participate in fun activities with students their age, and enjoy their summer.

The next item of new business was to authorize Treasure’s transfers and to authorize to pay bills as presented. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved Treasure’s transfers and to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to department reports and Fire Chief Brent Frances reminded those in attendance to still be vigilant when driving near flooded areas. Water is still over some roads and while most water levels have dropped, rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days, which could heighten chances of flash flooding.

Clerk Watson then mentioned that because the UK Research Center is undergoing renovations it will not be available as a voting precinct for the May primaries. A new location has not been determined but residents will be alerted of the new location as soon as it’s known.

The meeting then moved to magistrate’s comments and all four magistrates thanked the Farm Bureau and Caldwell County Extension Office for all that they do for the county and it’s residents.

Judge Dunning then called for a motion for adjournment and after a motion and a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be held on March 13th and is open to the public.

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