“2007 was a learning period for the Fiscal Court and me,” said Humphries. “We spent a lot of time initially with indoctrination how to handle situations that arose and learning to do our jobs. Anything we’ve done, we’ve done from a unified court perspective. I’ve tried to guide the court in a positive direction and feel that we’ve had a good year.”
First among the county’s accomplishments for 2007, Humphries cited the addition of a deputy to the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department in mid-summer. “That’s extra law enforcement on the roads of Trigg County. We also moved their office and 911 to a location that everyone is satisfied with. I feel like they are in a good setting.”
Another change coming to fruition under Humphries watch has been the demolition of the courthouse and initiation of construction on the new State Justice Center. “We literally cleaned out the old courthouse. It was a big job requiring a lot of time from the guys in the road department. We’ve moved forward with the Project Development Board’s plans and hired. Now we’re in the process of building the center. It’s taken a lot of time and energy from everyone involved to get to this point. Progress will continue and we urge motorists to be extra careful in the area with vehicles going in and out of the project.”
Humphries said that the Fiscal Court served as one of the driving forces in improvements at the Trigg County Recreation Complex. “There have been some major improvements to what’s there, and we’ve added to the existing infrastructure. Events like the return of the Fourth of July and tractor pulls have returned attention to county recreation and we look forward to more in the future.”
During 2007, the Fiscal Court began the process of acquiring land for several public buildings, including a total of five acres for the new Trigg County Senior Center, and a grant of $15,000 for the Soil Conservation Office and Farm Service Agency.
“We were given three acres for the Senior Center and took an option on two more. We’re working every day with the legislators in the area to provide more funding for it. We may have to build it in phases if we cannot get the funding at once.”
He said that the county agreed to provide the down payment for the Farm Service Building in hopes that the offices would remain in Trigg County, rather than face consolidation and movement to other counties.
To read more of Humphries' review and his look ahead to 2008, see your latest Cadiz Record.