When the Trigg County Fiscal Court met Monday evening, Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said he was contacted by Miller Law Firm of Paducah on Monday, who told him that Foss Maritime – the Seattle, Wash., based company that owns the M/V Delta Mariner, is proposing to donate a portion of the money it would take to remove the debris to county agencies.
“This is generating a little bit of discussion, and I think you’ll probably hear more about this as time goes along,” Humphries said. “Obviously the (U.S. Army) Corp of Engineers is going to weigh in on this, (Kentucky) Fish and Wildlife from a habitat standpoint are probably going to weigh in on this.”
In return, the company wants to avoid paying to remove the steel and concrete that was torn off by the Delta Mariner when it struck the bridge on Jan. 26, leaving it out of commission until Friday, May 25.
Humphries told magistrates and audience members about the deal but was ambivalent not only about the deal itself, but about whether the court is even in the position of making that deal.
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