muhl courthouseMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (4/16/19) — The matter of ownership of what’s known as the Central City boat dock came into question during Thursday’s Muhlenberg Fiscal Court meeting.

Magistrate Malcolm West brought up the issue asking what could be done to ensure that people have access to put their boats into the water as well as enabling adequate parking and safety monitoring. The ownership of the parcel at the landing was uncertain, he said.

Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee deferred to Muhlenberg County Attorney Ryan Rice on how to proceed with establishing the ownership of the parcel.

Rice said a title opinion would need to be done and then proceed from that point.

Magistrate Ross Jones asked the court to consider discontinuing maintenance of the gravel portion of Old Central City Road. Jones said he had found two options for key holders for a possible gate at the end of the blacktop portion of the road so that people can get access to Stewart Cemetery, which is located on the road.

Local residents have voiced concerns about dumping along the road and believe closing the gravel portion might help alleviate the problem, Jones told the court.

Rice told the court the county is required to post notices at the location informing the public of the county’s intent to place a gate at the end of the blacktop and availability of keys to access the cemetery. Two viewers must be appointed to survey the area and report to the court. It was agreed for Rice to begin the legal steps toward the closure.

Magistrate Andrew Bullock made a motion to give Muhlenberg 911 Director Kristi Jenkins a 6-percent raise for this year, a 3-percent raise in 2020 and another 3 percent in 2021.

McGehee noted Jenkins’s experience and time in office as well as her standing in the statewide telecommunications field. He noted Jenkins has been with Muhlenberg Central Dispatch for 21 years and serves on the Kentucky 911 Board.

“I happen to know that through the years, Muhlenberg County has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants due to your dedication in applying for those,” said McGehee. “So, those things have not gone unnoticed.”

Magistrate Darrin Benton told the court and audience that technology and equipment upgrades must be performed continually at the Central Dispatch office and that he knew of at least $500,000 in grants Jenkins has attained for upgrades saving the county from the added expense.

The court unanimously voted to give Jenkins the scheduled raises.

Benton asked the court to approve his motion to make repairs to Beechmont Park playground equipment that has become unsafe. The estimated cost is less than $1,000, he said. The motion was unanimously approved.

Muhlenberg County Deputy Sheriff Lt. William Ward asked the court to approve the purchase of two more of Central City Police Department’s retired vehicles. Both have emergency equipment and a price of $10,000 each.

Ward said MCSO has lost the service of two vehicles recently due to extensive age and wear with one being involved in a wreck and another that had a blown engine. Both vehicles had extremely high mileage on them.

The request was unanimously approved by the court.

Ward also asked that the bid process begin soon to get two new vehicles into the MCSO fleet to replace an SUV with 280,000 miles and a pickup truck with 175,000 miles.

The county agreed that excess furniture at the Muhlenberg Career Advancement Center would be declared as surplus to accommodate office space for newly-hired Muhlenberg County Tourism Director Olivia Conkwright’s office.

If the county cannot sell the furniture, it can be donated to the Muhlenberg Opportunity Center, the county attorney told the court.

Magistrate Keith Phillips made a motion for the county to hire Burt McClure at the road department to fill a vacancy created by a retirement. McClure had previously worked at the department but was laid off a few years ago and has been working at the Central City Road Department, said Phillips. The court unanimously approved the hire.

In other business, the court approved the Paradise Park and Performing Arts Board minutes and treasurer’s reports, accepted the Muhlenberg County Detention Center budget proposal, approved a resolution for grant application for work at Jacobi Hill Trail within the Greater Muhlenberg County Parks and Recreation department and agreed to advertise for bids on asphalt/gravel and fuel/oil.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director


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