Senior citizens center trumps Nada project
The Powell County Fiscal Court held their regular meeting last Tuesday. The newly proposed 2012-2013 budget became the center of attention.
The court was presented with the first reading of the 2012-2013 budget. The court accepted the first reading. When looking over the budget in comparison to the previous year there are several changes apparent. The Times is still going through the budget. The general fund budget rose nearly $3 million in the proposal.
“That’s due to the CSEPP money we are receiving for the EOC (Emergency Operations Center),” Powell County Judge Executive James Anderson told the Times on Monday. When asked about apparent raises for some fiscal court office personnel, Anderson stated that it was not raises, but that some personnel held several positions. ‘To make it easier, the positions were combined to show the salaries as one line item,” Anderson stated.
The Times will report more next week about the entire budget and changes that have been found.
Brian Kirby with CEDA presented to the court information pertaining to the Nada Housing Project. Kirby proposed that the county allow him to apply for grant and funding for Phase II which will build more homes and help other families the same as Phase I did.
Anderson advised the court that if they decided to apply for grants to fund Phase II of the Nada Housing project they could not apply for the grants needed for a new senior citizens building. The court discussed the issue. The two projects and a motion was made by Ricky Creed to decline the request for grant approval for the Nada Housing Project. Magistrate Creed, along with Magistrates Donna Gabbard and Anderson all voted to decline the Nada project. Magistrates John Barker, Eck Snowden, and Myers Arnett were opposed to declining the project. With a tied vote the motion did not carry and Powell County Attorney Robert King advised that there was no tie breaker in this situation.
The court also approved the purchase of three tasers for the jail and for Anderson to look into refinancing options for the jail.
The court then went into a closed session to discuss personnel issues. The closed session lasted nearly an hour and no action was taken.