Trigg approved for relief after flash floods
by Franklin Clark --
Jun 03, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, at a Monday, June 1, meeting of the Trigg County Fiscal Court, said that Trigg County was one of 22 counties in Kentucky that were approved by President Barack Obama for public disaster assistance relief in response to flash floods that occurred in the area about two weeks ago.

“This past Saturday … Trigg County was officially declared a disaster with the flooding that took place,” Humphries said. “There are some things out there that’s going to take several dollars to replace.”

Humphries pointed to culverts and other pieces of infrastructure that were highly damaged in the flooding.

The judge executive also said that as with disaster relief in response to the ice storm in January and February, the disaster relief isn’t meant for individual assistance but was only for assistance for government entities and some select not-for-profit organizations.

Trigg County Jailer James Hughes also discussed his idea for a jail inmate works program, where every Monday, Trigg County inmates at the Christian County Jail would perform work at the American Legion Pool, Trigg County Recreation Complex or other public facility.

“I think it’ll work,” Hughes said, adding that inmates have been used for work on the American Legion Swimming Pool. Humphries said they’ve also been used for work on the recreation complex before.

“[The inmates] do have their own insurance … and as long as we treat them right” then the idea should be a sound one, Humphries said.

Hughes also said that approximately 21 Trigg inmates were housed at the Christian County Jail, and that as of the fiscal court meeting, arrests were on the rise

Several magistrates said it sounded like a good idea to them, and the measure was unanimously approved.

Also unanimously approved was a contract for American Legion Swimming Pool Manager Cindy Westerfield, a contract that began on Wednesday, May 6, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 30.

In other actions, appointment changes to the county’s various standing committees were unanimously approved, with new Magistrate Shannon Knight now on the Parks and Recreation Committee. Also road issues were discussed, as the fiscal court typically does this time of year.

The FY 2009/2010 budget, as well as an ordinance for fee pooling for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department, will be up for a second reading and approval at the next fiscal court meeting, on Monday, June 15.

Humphries announced that on Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m., there will be the official groundbreaking at the site of the new Trigg County Senior Center on Noel Drive, and that on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m. there will be a “Take Kids Fishing” event at West Cadiz Park.
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