Trigg County considers inmate labor for projects, cleaning
by Alan Reed
Mar 19, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries announced that inmates held by Trigg County may soon expect to be put to work helping on county projects at a meeting of the County Budget Committee March 17.

“For the help we need at the Recreation Complex and on other county projects, we have spoken to our insurance provider to purchase a plan for county inmates to work on these projects,” Humphries said. “We feel that it justifies the additional outlay to get county inmates to work. We believe citizens will be happy to see us getting some work from the inmates.”

Budget Committee Chairman Doug Taylor said that Jailer James Hughes expressed enthusiasm for the program. “We have inmates of a certain type that can help with trash on the road and right of ways, and ballfields to mow. This plan is in its infancy, but I hope it will help the county in the long run.”

Taylor said that governmental entities would provide budgets to the county for funding for the next fiscal year.

Humphries said that the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) increased its budgetary request from the county at a minimal level, from $35,970 to $38,000 he said that the University of Kentucky Extension Service increased its request from $100,256 to $101,000. He expected the District Board of Health to remain in the $125,000 range. Humphries said that Soil and Water Conservation through the NRCS held to their intention to purchase the building it shares with the Farm Service Agency. The latter agency would remain open, according to Humphries and serve as a tenant to Soil and Water Conservation.

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