Todd County Fiscal Court has approved a measure to contribute $25,000 to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center to purchase tools and supplies.

The court approved the motion during its meeting Friday at the Todd County Courthouse, with Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield noting Todd County Schools is taking on a greater role with the facility beginning this year.

Mansfield said the center needs $60,000 worth of tools and supplies and asked the court to help with the purchase; the school district will buy the tools, he said.

The judge-executive said Hopkinsville Community College, which has provided instruction for the facility, is taking on a different role at the center.

Magistrates also approved on second reading an ordinance to create a natural gas district in the county and establish a board of directors to oversee the district.

The measure was approved unanimously by the court on a roll call vote.

Officials noted Todd County residents don't have general access to affordable natural gas services for residential, commercial and industrial uses, and such circumstances negatively impact the county's community economic development efforts and restrict its efforts to grow, according to the ordinance.

It cites a plan proposed by Mansfield and fiscal court members for a limited reorganization of county government to include the creation of the gas district.

The intent is to make natural gas service more accessible to as many homes and businesses as feasible throughout the county and area surrounding the county.

Under the parameters of the ordinance, the district, acting through its board of directors, is tasked with conducting an assessment, mapping the county's existing gas services and devising a business plan to make those services more accessible.

The district will be managed by a five-member board appointed by the judge.

Additionally, magistrates discussed a construction project on Miller Valley Road that has added shoulders to that road at a cost of $31,000 to the county.

"We have a lot of county roads that have no shoulder, and it is an issue," explained Mansfield, noting that Miller Valley was one of those roads.

He said the work on Miller Valley was prompted because a bus dropped off the side of the road, and the bus driver was afraid the vehicle might flip over.

The Bowling Green company Scotty's completed the work on Miller Valley and also worked on shoulders for the Tress Shop Road, another road in the county.

But Tress Shop Road received a type of shouldering known as chip seal.

Todd County Magistrate Brent Spurlin said he thought both roads would have gotten the same shoulders, and he questioned the two types of shouldering.

Mansfield said utilizing the other technique on Miller Valley would have cost more than the $31,000 the county is paying for that project.

"For additional monies, we can get more," Mansfield said.

In other business

•Tax Administrator Mandy Petrie said she has collected $26,506.25 in payroll taxes since the last court meeting and $17,353.23 for the Novelis Inc., project.

•Magistrates approved a request from Todd County Treasurer Tammy Robertson to make a cash transfer of $100,000 to address a $53,000 payment due this month on the women's dorm at the Todd County Detention Center.

•Robertson said the county has yet to receive its check from the state for housing inmates in July, and Todd County Jailer Jeff Penick noted the local facility generated $118,245.82 for the state inmates it housed last month. He said the Todd County jail averaged a daily population of 121 state inmates in July.

•Penick said the Todd jail now has 120 state inmates and 15 county inmates.

•Presenting her July financial report, the treasurer noted the county has $2.4 million in all funds and $2.9 million in its contingency certificates of deposit.

•Magistrates approved a motion to transfer a ball field near the Todd County Senior Center that is owned by the county to the Recreation Commission. The commission manages programs at the Elkton-Todd County Park.

•Cindy O'Bryan presented the second quarterly report for the Todd County clerk's office, with total expenses of $1.6 million through the end of June.

•Todd County Attorney Jeff Traughber reminded the court that residents still have time to schedule payments for delinquent taxes ahead of the upcoming sale. The delinquent tax sale is slated for 9 a.m. Aug. 29, and residents have until next week to contact Traughber's office and schedule a payment plan.

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

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