Fiscal Court to apply for funds to renovate current senior center
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The possible refurbishing of the current Trigg County Senior Center building was discussed Monday evening when the Trigg County Fiscal Court met.

The court unanimously approved of a statement of intent to apply for a Transportation Enhancement Grant in order to pay for the $300,000–$400,000 that Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said it might cost to renovate the building, part of which he said dates back to before the Civil War.

Humphries said that with the new senior center building on East Noel Road set to be complete in a couple of months, there has been discussion of what to do with the current building.

“We don’t want this facility to become a weight that the county has to bear for years and years and years,” Humphries said. “There is a limitation to what the county can do to keep the facility up with no outside income.”

The judge-executive suggested that some of the building should be converted into a museum, adding that there are multiple local groups that might be interested in the building after the senior center moves.

The grant would be an 80/20 match, with the county paying 20 percent, although it is an in-kind match and the county could supply equipment, material or labor in lieu of paying for 20 percent of the cost, said Humphries, who added that a certain portion of the building, as a requirement of the grant, would have to be a museum.

“We may not get it, we may get it and later on decide that that’s not the thing to do,” Humphries said.

Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell said that while he had no problem with applying for the grant, he was worried that the county would end up having to pay thousands of dollars a year for upkeep of the building.

Trigg County Magistrate Barry Littlejohn called the statement of intent “an important step” toward renovating the building.

Before the regular fiscal court meeting started, there was a County Road Aid (CRA)/Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) hearing, during which magistrates suggested some roads that need significant repairs.

Trigg County Magistrates Littlejohn and Donnie Tyler suggested that there are potholes on Lakeshore Drive and Mack Cunningham Road that need to be fixed. Littlejohn also said there was “severe damage” to Timber Way near Radford Place. Trigg County Magistrate Lacy Bush said that general maintenance is needed on Old Dover Road.

The court unanimously agreed to have LGEA money, which Humphries said is generally around $30,000 annually, go toward solid waste. Humphries said the county receives LGEA money because of the quarry in the county.

The court also unanimously approved a transfer of $100,000 from the county’s general fund to the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department fund. Humphries said he hopes those funds will last until the end of the fiscal year.

The court also approved its monthly bills. Notable bills include $14,695 to Rogers Group for rock for the Trigg County Road Department, $16,498 to the Trigg County Public Properties Corp. for Trigg County Justice Center expenses and $15,025 to the Christian County Treasurer for the housing of Trigg inmates.
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