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Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 5

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By Randy Patrick

County gets grant for culvert repair

The Nelson County Fiscal Court has received an emergency grant from the state Transportation Cabinet of $101,448 to pay for repairing a damaged culvert on Woodlawn Road and a nearby road slide.

County Engineer Brad Spalding said during a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday that the culvert collapsed about 20 feet beneath the road surface and the road slide about 400-500 away was about 10 to 12 feet below road level.

The money from the state will reimburse the county for its expenses in repairing the damages.

County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said the money comes from a 3 percent fee that is withheld from state transportation allocations to participating counties and set aside for emergencies. Counties that participate can apply for the money.

“It’s kind of like an insurance plan,” Watts said.

Nelson County may be applying for more money from the program.

Spalding mentioned that Chaplin recently experienced a downpour — about 3.5 inches of water in a half hour — that damaged some roads in the area. He was going to have a road crew go to Chaplin after the meeting to assess the damage.

Magistrates vote on 2019 budget

The 2019 fiscal year budget ordinance received its first reading Tuesday and was unanimously approved by the four magistrates who were in attendance. The spending plan includes $22,060,900 in receipts, $28,307,900 in expenses and has a fund balance of $5,497,000.

A second reading is required before the fiscal year begins July 1.

Tourism budget received

The Fiscal Court also received the Tourist and Convention Commission’s budget for 2019, which is for $963,500 in revenue and spending.

Appeals board member appointed

Phillip Gaffney was appointed to the County Board of Assessment Appeals.

The position pays $100 per day.