The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning in 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 June 26th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments in which she implored those in attendance to remember Fire Chief Brent Frances in the passing of his mother, PVA Ronald Wood in the passing of his father, and the family of Nancy Slaton, Eddyville’s Mayor, in her passing.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was to adopt the resolution to approve the County Road Aid Cooperative Program Agreement. The resolution stated that the county would receive $971,392.96 in funds from the state to be used for the upkeep of county roads. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the resolution.

The next item of new business was to approve a bid for road salt. The county received several bids, the lowest of which was by Morton Salt in the amount of $88 a ton. The county estimates they will need around 1,000 tons of salt. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved to accept the bid from Morton Salt.

The next item of new business was to approve several George Coon Public Library Board appointments. The first was a reappointment of Mitzi Bumpus to serve another four-year term. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved her reappointment. The last appointments were new terms to be served by Stephanie Burton and Kathy Svoboda. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved their appointments.

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

The last item of new business was to approve the annual settlement. The county had $3,687,829.50 in returned receipts and had an excess cash balance of $2,171,564.91. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the annual settlement.

The court then unanimously approved Treasure’s transfers and to pay bills as presented.

The court then heard various committee and department reports and Magistrate’s comments. Magistrate Phillip Sisk addressed the court stating that the Airport Board had received and opened four bids for the new taxi-way that will be built this year. The first was from Herring Construction for $1,395,856.20, the second was from Crown Contracting for $1,695,327.80, the third was from Montgomery Brothers for $1,877,522.03, and the fourth was from Rogers Group for $1,979,362.45. The Airport Board will now deliberate before accepting a bid. All funds for the project are being supplied by the state. Magistrate Sisk then stated that they hoped construction would begin in August.

Magistrate Elbert Bennet then mentioned that KACO, the Kentucky Association of Counties, would be having their monthly meeting in Caldwell County in two weeks and would hopefully be touring the county.

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, July 24th and is open to the public.

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