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 special called hearing and regular session meeting on June 12th.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments in which she relayed a story that has ties to Caldwell and Lyon Counties. Katie Arrington, a South Carolina lawmaker who recently defeated current Representative Mark Sanford in the House Republican Primary, was involved in a major car accident less than a week ago and was seriously injured. Her Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, son of Justice Bill Cunningham, has suspended all campaign activities until further notice to allow Arrington to heal. Judge Dunning commended his actions, stating that it doesn’t matter who you are, Republican or Democrat, when tragic things happen, it’s better to stand together.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was one item, the second reading of the budget. The total county budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 would be $7,376,119; of that 47.34 percent, or $3,491,851, is allotted to General Funds, 24.45 percent, or $1,803,805, would be allotted to the Road Fund, 13.69 percent, or $1,010,000, would be allotted for the Jail Fund, 4.44 percent, or $327,363, would be allotted to the LGEA Fund, 3.39 percent, or $250,000, was the remainder of the Federal Grant used for Bright Life Farms, and 6.69 percent, or $493,100, was allotted for the Ambulance Fund. Judge Dunning stated that the state approved the budget and suggested no changes. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the 2018-2019 budget.

The meeting then moved to new business of which there were two items. The first item of new business was the authorization to approve Treasure’s transfers. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the Treasure’s transfers.

The last item of new business was the authorization to pay bills as presented. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the authorization to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to committee and department reports and the court heard from the various county departments and committees.

The meeting then moved to Magistrate’s comments and Magistrate Phillip Sisk addressed the court, stating that the Princeton Airport would be undergoing several projects to bring it under FAA compliance. The first project is the addition of a new taxi-way. Most of the funds will come from grants, but both the county and city will have to allocate funds for the project, which have been budgeted. Bids will be advertised soon and construction will hopefully begin in August. The next projects are updates to the fuel tank and overlayment testing, which the state has agreed to facilitate. Both projects should hopefully start before the end of the summer.

Judge Dunning then reminded those assembled that the courthouse will be closed for the July 4th holiday and that her office will be closed on July 4th and 5th.

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 10th and is open to the public.

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