Lucy Kyler

Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Kyler speaks during Monday’s meeting of the Trigg County Fiscal Court.

Trigg County Fiscal Court approved several measures during its meeting earlier this week, including a resolution authorizing Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander to apply for funds for Trigg County Hospital that will support upgrades to the ambulance service radio system.

The meeting took place on Monday.

Alexander said the hospital project will not cost the county anything, although any funds will need to pass through the court.

Additionally, magistrates approved a Kentucky Transportation Road Aid Agreement and Resolution that is providing $1.3 million for improvements to roads.

The judge said those funds reflect an additional $70,000 more than state officials first presented to the county.

Approval of those documents authorizes the judge-executive to enter into a contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

Magistrates also approved a quote from the Jackson Purchase 2 Way Radio Service of Paducah for $26,015 that will be used to upgrade radios for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office and the Cadiz Police Department.

Alexander said the cost will be split three ways, with the county paying two-thirds or $17,344 and the City of Cadiz paying $8,671. The city also bought two pieces of equipment for itself from Jackson Purchase at a combined cost of around $15,000.

The total purchase from the Jackson Purchase company was $41,136.10.

Alexander noted that officials have been talking about the radio upgrades for a little while, and he said the system has been operating poorly in the last few months.

“These upgrades probably should have been made a year or two ago,” he said. “We were waiting on equipment to be bought and other things to be done.”

A fourth item the court approved at its meeting was for the purchase of wheeled excavator road equipment for the Trigg County Road Department at a cost of $98,891. Alexander said the county has $145,900 left in its equipment account, and given that, he didn’t see any issues with buying the equipment or having any problems with anything else needing to be replaced before the end of the fiscal year.

The excavation equipment is being purchased from Rudd Equipment Co., in Evansville, Ind.

In other business:

•The court approved a list of expenditures that totaled $36,901.78 as of April 19.

•Trigg County Magistrate Mike Wright said the court needs to look into the issue raised at the last court meeting about a shortage of deputies for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office.

•The judge-executive recognized the well more than 40 years that John Vinson III, who died April 13, served as coroner for Trigg County. Alexander said Vinson at one time had been the county’s longest-serving official.

•He also noted that Rogers Group has begun paving and will be going to different districts in the county to complete blacktop projects that were intended to have been done last year.

•The judge-executive highlighted $78,362 in pass-through funds that are being used for a special project at the Janice Mason Art Museum. The funds are community development block grant funds.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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