CATLETTSBURG Discretionary funds are being used in Boyd County.
At the beginning of October, Boyd County received money for infrastructure through the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid. Those funds approved by Gov. Matt Bevin were mentioned in the Boyd County Fiscal Court special meeting on Friday. Some of the allotted money will be used on Music Branch to fix the culverts and other infrastructure.
“These discretionary dollars have gone a long way,” said Boyd County Judge-Executive Eric Chaney. “It means a lot for us to get this money. It’s good to see (our tax dollars) coming back to eastern Kentucky. (This was a) $1.5 million investment in 10 months. It’s a lot of money being invested in infrastructure.”
The meeting also addressed the approval of a roof replacement on the coroner’s office, and the approval of two Ford Transit Connects to replace two F-250 trucks.
“The coroner’s office had some problems,” Chaney said. “This fiscal court doesn’t believe in putting Band-Aids on buildings. We are going to fix it right the first time.”
They will be putting a rubber membrane roof on the building, and it will cost $24,000. It has a 20-year warranty.
The fiscal court decided to replace the trucks in order to save money.
Chaney said the trucks get an average of 10 miles per gallon whereas the Transit Connects are 20-miles-per-gallon vehicles. They also plan to trade in the two F-250 trucks and use the equity on the trucks to lower the cost per month on the two new vehicles. They are currently playing $470 per truck, and the new vehicles will cost around $260 per month each.
“They (the Transit Connects) are more suited for what we need,” said Chaney. “One of them will be a part runner for the road department and the other one is a safety vehicle.”
He said the goal was to be more cost efficient.
Another item on the agenda was the award of two Mack Trucks and spreaders and plows. These Macks cost $430 a month. They will keep these trucks for 12 months, with the possibility to sell the trucks after the lease period.
Chaney said there was a good chance the county will be able to make the money back or turn a profit on the investment.
“There are other counties that will sell the trucks after the end of the year, and they make money,” said Chaney.
The spreaders and plows had to be purchased separately.
The next Boyd County Fiscal Court meeting will be at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12.