Ballard County awarded 25 computers from Broadband Grant

Jason Paul, KPI Staff

Fiscal Court (03-18-2014)

Ballard County awarded 25 computers from Broadband Grant

By Jason Paul KPI Staff Writer

Wickliffe - Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard announced during the recent Ballard County Fiscal Court meeting that Ballard County was awarded 25 computers via the Broadband Grant. The magistrates discussed where the computers will be located at. It was suggested that the computers be installed for public use at several locations, including the Ballard – Carlisle County Library, Industrial Park, Western Kentucky Allied Services and at the new Senior Center in Barlow.

Jeremy Buchanon, representing the Purchase Area Development District (PADD), presented to the Fiscal Court the documents that needed to be reviewed and signed to proceed with the $500,000 Community Development Block Grant that has been awarded for the new Senior Center in Barlow.

Viniard recognized Betty L. Johnson of the Cemetery Board. Johnson requested the magistrates’ approval to appoint Tom Brooking to the Cemetery Board. This request was made because Robert Lanier recently resigned his seat on the Cemetery Board. The magistrates approved Johnson’s request to place Brooking on the Cemetery Board.

James Campbell of Animal Control informed the magistrates that on Monday evening, prior to the Fiscal Court meeting, Campbell picked up and transported a pit-bull in La Center and had the dog lodged at Coffee Memorial Animal Clinic after it broke his bite pole. This pit-bull has attacked four other dogs during the previous week according to Campbell. Campbell continued by stating that a Deputy Jailer witnessed the pit-bull attack two dogs last Monday.

Campbell then reported on the recent activities at the Recycling Center during the Solid Waste report. There are now two containers at the Recycling Center to separate aluminum cans from regular aluminum. Campbell informed the Fiscal Court that he is going to start selling pallets. He stated that he has contacted area businesses and would like to set up a monthly pallet pickup. The pallets that he cannot sell will be used for cardboard bales and plastic bales.

Next, Campbell requested from the Fiscal Court the approval to purchase two containers and a trailer to be used for recycling purposes as well as expand the current building by 30 feet by submitting his grant application in the amount of $40,000 for the Kentucky Prior Grant. These containers will be placed in the county to be used in conjunction with the two recycling trailers that were purchased through a grant during former Road Department Supervisor Ronnie Fondaw’s tenure. This grant is a matching grant. After a lengthy discussion, no motion was made to pursue the Kentucky Prior Grant by the magistrates.

Road Department Supervisor Dave Walker presented his report. Walker said that one of the newly purchased salt spreaders has come in. Walker continued by saying that the truck will be in by the end of April or beginning of May. The magistrates discussed in length regarding the pot holes on county roads. The pot holes will be patched when the weather warms up.

The next Fiscal Court meeting will be held on April 15, 2014 at 9:00 am.