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, Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order and County Clerk Toni Watson called roll. Magistrate Larry Curling then made a motion to approve the meeting’s agenda, and with a second by Magistrate Elbert Bennett, the court unanimously approved the agenda. Magistrate Brent Stallins then made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 27th meeting, and with a second by Magistrate Phillip Sisk, the court unanimously approved the minutes.

Next Judge Dunning gave her comments, which included mentioning the updates to the fiscal court room that included new flooring and chairs, that was made possible due to a grant, and that she was honored to serve a year term as the Chair of the Pennyrile Allied Community Services in Hopkinsville.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business, of which there were six items.

The first item of new business was the approval of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s 2016 Franchise Tax Settlement in the amount of $409,146.99. After a motion by Magistrate Sisk and a second by Magistrate Curling, the court unanimously approved the tax settlement.

The next item of new business was to approve the Christian County Animal Shelter Service Contract for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 in the amount of $7,500. After a motion by Magistrate Curling and a second by Magistrate Bennett, the court unanimously approved the service contract.

The next item of new business was to approve the County Road Aid Agreement Resolution in the amount of $959,909.66. After a motion by Magistrate Bennett and a second by Magistrate Curling, the court unanimously approved the road aid agreement resolution.

The next item of new business was the Reimbursable State Funds Resolution which dealt with the paving and fixing of Red Hill Road in District 4 of Caldwell County. Red Hill Road had been used as an unmarked state detour and parts of the road had washed out in July 2015 and July 2016. The state therefore agreed to pay to pave and fix the road for an amount of $102,878. After a motion by Magistrate Sisk and a second by Magistrate Curling, the court unanimously approved the resolution.

The next item of business was the authorization to approve Treasure’s transfers, of which there were none, so the meeting moved to the last item of new business, which was the authorization to pay bills as presented. After a motion by Magistrate Sisk and a second by Magistrate Stallins the court unanimously approved the authorization to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to committee and department reports. Lynn Williams, Director of Solid Waste Management and Recycling, told the court that they received a grant in the amount of $40,000 for a new skid steer, including all extra attachments, and a grant for $51,000 for a new recycling trailer. County Clerk Toni Watson then told the court that the County Clerk’s Office will close at 11am Wednesday, July 12th, so that they can attend training on a new software system, but that the deed room will still be open from 8am to noon and 1 to 4pm. Emergency Manager Joey McCaslin then gave the court an update about eclipse preparations, including the plan for Casey’s General Store to set up their fuel deliveries to occur at night during the weekend of the eclipse and that the BP next to Captain D’s will reserve three pumps for emergency management personnel use only during that weekend. McCaslin also told the court that he would be setting up the emergency communication unit at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for tests on July 31st so that they would have three weeks to work out any possible kinks in communications.

A representative from James Comer’s office then reminded the court of the Caldwell County Town Hall to be held on August 2nd at 9am in the Circuit Court courtroom in downtown Princeton. The town hall meeting is open to the public.

Guest Linda Johnson-Higgins then stood and told the court about the Annual Trail of Tears Commission meeting, which is open to the public, that will be on July 22nd at 5pm at the tourism center in downtown Princeton. During the meeting, Michigan artist and sculptor, Matt Large, will present his proposal for a 2 foot by 4 foot bronze bas-relief sculpture to be placed at the Trail of Tears Park in downtown Princeton. The sculpture will feature a Cherokee woman and child and will bring awareness to the plight and deep hardships of the women and children of the Cherokee Nation. The cost of the sculpture is estimated at $18,000, 16,000 of which has already been raised.

The meeting then moved to Magistrate comments, during which Magistrate Sisk took the time to thank those who have worked with, and for, the Trail of Tears Park before mentioning to the court that the P&L Railway has received a grant for $80,000 to fix the railroad crossing on Highway 128 at Cedar Bluff and that work on the crossing will begin soon.

A motion to adjourn was then heard by Magistrate Bennett and with a second by Magistrate Stallins, the court unanimously approved adjournment. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be on July 25th and is open to the public.

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