The Christian Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday morning to allow state crews to work on 10.4 miles of state road in Christian County.

The roads are part of the Christian County Rural Secondary Road Program. State workers will pave 3.8 miles of Kentucky 107 and 5.1 miles of Kentucky 800 in northern Christian County and 1.5 miles of Kentucky 695 in southern Christian County.

The work will cost about $953,903.

Brad Hauck and Lawson Bordley from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s highway department in Madisonville explained that these roads have been a priority for the state for some time now.

Public Works Director Chuck Chambers said the cabinet submits roads for the rural secondary road program every year, and the court has to approve the work. The amount of work differs every year, but none of the money will come from the county’s budget.

In other business, the county signed a memorandum of understanding with the Minority Economic Development Initiative of Western Kentucky to set up a micro-loan program.

County Attorney Mike Foster said the county has been offering MEDI micro-loans for entrepreneurs wanting to start their own businesses for some time now. The money comes from community development block grant funding, which is awarded by the state and had been administered by the Pennyrile Area Development District.

The memorandum the court signed Tuesday would continue the program, but would do so on a case-by-case basis, and the loans would be administered through MEDI. It would also be responsible for collecting loan payments, and it would be able to keep the interest, while returning the principal amount to the county.

Foster also noted that, because the loans come from state money, all records maintained by MEDI for the micro-loan program will be subject to the Kentucky Open Records Act. Foster said this part was important because the county has always valued transparency.

In addition, the memorandum also states MEDI will only make loans to businesses to businesses located in Christian County.

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