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. The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the May 8th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments in which she reminded those assembled that the courthouse will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, and that there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony on the courthouse steps at 10AM that morning.

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 approve a resolution to appoint three viewers to report on any hardships that may be encountered if the county decided to remove a section of Clinton Perry Road. The resolution would appoint Wendell Lane, Steve Woodward, and Ty Harper as viewers to determine if the removal of a portion of Clinton Perry Road would cause undue hardship. They will report to the court before the next regular session fiscal court meeting in June. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the resolution. The next item of new business was the first reading of the ordinance to remove a portion of Clinton Perry Road. The ordinance would remove .129 miles of Clinton Perry Road. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the first reading. The court will make the final decision upon the second reading during the next regular session fiscal court meeting in June. A hearing for the removal of the road is scheduled for 8:45AM Tuesday, June 12th, before the regular session fiscal court meeting.

The next item of new business was the first reading of the county 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. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the first reading of the budget. It will now be sent to the state for their approval.

The next item of new business was the approval of a resolution stating that the county would continue to allow a reduction of payroll taxes to Hydro-Gear. The agreement began in 2015 and would cut payroll taxes from 1.5% to 1% for a period of ten years due to their most recent expansion and creation of new jobs. The resolution merely states that the county is still willing to continue the agreement. An ordinance will have to be approved after the state approves Hydro-Gear’s request. After a motion and a second, the court approved the resolution.

The next item of new business was to open bids for asphalt, chip & seal, culverts & pipe, rock and tack oil. The court received bids from Marathon Petroleum, Crown Contracting, Ohio Valley Drainage, Jones Steel, Conech, Metal Culverts, Rogers Group, and LeFarge. All bids will be reviewed by the road department and recommendations will be presented in front of the court during the next regular session fiscal court meeting.

The next item of new business was to open bids for the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service. The court received only one bid, from ComCare, in the amount of $310,000 or $25,833.33 a month. The contract would continue their service for the same price. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the bid.

The last items of new business were to approve Treasurer’s transfers and to pay bills as presented. After a motion a second the court unanimously approved both items.

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

Judge Dunning then asked for 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 June 12th and is open to the public.

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