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 March 13th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments, mentioning the recent groundbreaking at the new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence at the UK Research and Education Center, and how it will be a great asset to the community that will bring jobs and economic growth. She also mentioned the dedication of the new bas-relief sculpture at the Trail of Tears Park that was on Saturday, stating that despite the weather it was a well attended event and that the park and sculpture are a great memorial to remember that part of our area’s history. She then reminded all county workers of the upcoming Defensive Driving Class to be held on Thursday from 8AM to noon, with lunch provided, in the fiscal courtroom in the courthouse. Every county employee that drives a county vehicle must attend, but the class is open to all county and city workers who are interested in attending. Those interested need to call Judge Dunning’s office at 270-365-6660 to sign up.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business and Magistrate Phillip Sisk spoke up, addressing the court about an issue that was brought before them several months ago. He suggested that now that the weather is decent the court should resolve the issues the county’s animal shelter is having with their building’s attic. The issue was mentioned on the recently completed Energy Performance Survey. Judge Dunning stated that they are working on resolving those issues.

The meeting then moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was a presentation from Craig Wyatt about the Rural Secondary Roads Program. Craig stood and addressed the court stating that the county will receive $657,918 from the state to be used for the resurfacing of rural secondary roads in the county. He also stated that the county will receive $144,818 in flex funding. Craig said that with the funding the state will pave a little over four and a half miles on KY Highway 902 and around 4 miles on KY Highway 126. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the funds. Craig then mentioned that with a smaller fund the state will pave the entirety of KY Highway 515, a total of about 2 miles.

Judge Dunning then proclaimed that Arbor Day will be recognized on Friday, April 6th, and encouraged everyone to plant a tree to help keep Kentucky’s forests thriving. Currently, Kentucky’s forests are a $14.5 billion dollar industry.

The next item of new business was the approval of a new appointment to the Caldwell County Water Board. The Caldwell County Water District Board has appointed Ty Harper to be the new Commissioner with a term to end in December 2021. After a motion and a second, the court unanimously approved the appointment.

The next item of new business was a discussion concerning Goodaker Hill Road. Magistrate Brent Stallins stated that the court has been asked to remove the road because of an increased amount of illegal activity being reported there. Magistrate Stallins mentioned that it is a dead end and that there are no residences along the road. He also stated that the owners of the property surrounding it are in agreement that the road should be removed. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the removal of the road. There will be public hearing about the decision on Tuesday, April 10th at 8:30AM in the fiscal courtroom in the courthouse.

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

Judge Dunning then spoke up and congratulated Caldwell County Treasurer Glenda Harper on being nominated the new President of the Kentucky Treasurer’s Association. She will be sworn in on Friday, March 30th, during the Kentucky Treasurer’s Association conference in Somerset.

After the court heard reports from various county departments and committees a motion was made to adjourn; after a second the meeting was adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be held on April 10th, and is open to the public.