At its Monday evening meeting, the fiscal court unanimously approved resolutions to apply for a Land and Water Conservation grant and a Recreation Trails grant.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund gives out grants of up to $75,000, while the Recreational Trails Program gives out grants of up to $100,000, but Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said they won’t ask for anywhere close to that amount.
“We’re requesting some money that could be used in different ways … perhaps for bathrooms upgrades or lighting around the ballpark or soccer fields,” Humphries said.
Both grants require a 50 percent match on the part of the county, although that can include in-kind efforts. Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said the amount of grant money they are asking for has not yet been determined.
The fiscal court also unanimously approved a waste tire grant agreement. Trigg County Solid Waste Coordinator Jessie Thomas said they are going to receive $3,000 to dispose of waste tires, money which is supposed to last them until the end of 2011.
There are at least 300 tires at the Trigg County Road Department, and several more tires elsewhere, said Thomas, who added that the county should have that money by Jan. 11.
“It seems like the biggest problem we have is waste tires,” said Thomas. “We can take care of plastic, newspaper, cardboard, all that stuff we’ve got worked out. But waste tires are the biggest problem we have.”
This isn’t tire amnesty, wherein people give away their own waste tires, this is simply disposing of the waste tires the road department already has. Thomas said.
The court also made some appointments to various local boards. Ralph Thomas, Scotty Hampton and Sonny Davis were reappointed to three-year terms to the Trigg County Recreation Complex Board. Lennus Redd and Shane Dixon were reappointed to two-year terms on the board, while Tatum Gilbert was appointed to a two-year term to the board for the first time.
David Sumner was appointed to a three-year term to the county’s Cemetery Committee. David Shore and Tom Vinson were appointed to three-year terms to the county’s Ethics Committee.
Claudia Jones will fill the unexpired term of Dale Calhoun, who passed way this year, to the Pennyrile Area Development District’s Aging Council. The term expires June 30 next year. Don Leibee was appointed to another four-year term on the Cadiz/Trigg County Economic Development Commission.
And finally, Ray Burnam was appointed as Trigg County Sheriff effective Jan 1. He replaces Randy Clark, who has been the county’s sheriff for 25 years.
In other business, the court approved several transfers within the budget and also approved monthly bills. Notable bills include $4,000 to Hampton & Butts Electric for a new heating and air conditioning unit for Trigg County Dispatch, $2,871 for KACo Insurance Agency for bonds and $1,357 to Computer Knights.
This was the last meeting for District Four Magistrate Lacy Bush and District Five Magistrate Kevin Terrell. Jeff Broadbent and Rick Nelson will replace them when the court meets again at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.