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Magistrates consider new contract with WorkForce, floating boat dock for Rochester; funds given to support fair

Butler County Fiscal Court held their regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday, May 24, at the Butler County Courthouse. All magistrates were in attendance: Dillon Bryant, David Whittinghill, Stevie Givens, Timmy Givens, and Kevin Phelps. 

Will Lincoln Embry led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Jon Sowards, President of South Central WorkForce, addressed the court concerning the renewal of the interlocal agreement. The county has been in contract with WorkForce since 2015. 

"We connect people to job opportunities across our ten-county region, " said Sowards.

The South Central Workforce Development Board brings together various career services to help individuals find employment and access education and training.

The court voted to table the motion to approve the agreement until they (magistrates) could review the paperwork.

Deneatra Henderson, with the Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce, addressed the court requesting $5,000 for the Butler County Fair. The fair will be held instead of the Catfish Festival due to renovations at the Charles T. Black City Park. The court approved the request.

Rochester Mayor Marhta Roe and Pat O'Driscoll addressed the court concerning the $20,000 that the court-approved for a pavilion/ boat dock at the Rochester Boat Ramp. According to O'Driscoll, Rochester’s City Council feels that a boat dock would be more helpful. O'Driscoll presented a quote ($12,097) for an aluminum floating dock 8X20 with a 20-foot walkway. 

After lengthy discussions, Third District Magistrate Timmy Givens agreed to work with the Rochester City Council on a pavilion and boat dock budget. The court took no action.


The court approved $35,000 to the Butler County Conservation District. Amanda Arnold accepted the funds and explained the services provided. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONImage.tif_.pdf


The court approved the first reading of Ordinance 2020-04-2021 concerning a regional jail to serve Ohio, Butler, and Edmonson counties. Ohio and Edmonson counties have agreed to pay their share for a feasibility study to see if a regional jail is affordable. The cost is $7,500, which Ohio County, being larger, has agreed to pay half the fee. Butler County's share is $1,875.


The court went into a closed session pursuant to KRS61.810(f) and KRS 61.810(1)(b). Following the closed session, Corey Raymer was reinstated as the Solid Waste Coordinator by a 5-1 vote. Timmy Givens voted nay, while the other four magistrates and Judge-Executive Tim Flener voted in favor. 


The court approved the following: 

--First reading of Ordinance 2021-TR-005 amending the FY21 Butler County Budget for $1,250,797.50

--Second reading and approval of Ordinance 05102021 Paradise View and Doe Run Road

--Big Muddy Creek Watershed report

--Butler County Conservation District Budget

--Permission to apply for a $4,000 Waste Tire Grant

--Belmont Christian Academy for Litter Abatement

--Transfer of $25,000 from General Fund to Jail Fund

--Bills and transfers

 

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