Fiscal court approves resolution for state paving funding

Larry Curling

The Caldwell Fiscal Court accepted $163,000 in state discretionary funds to aid in the pavement of county roads.

The fiscal court accepted the funds by approving a resolution to that effect at its Tuesday meeting.

“This is $163,000 that the state has given us to do Old Russell Warehouse Road (in north central Caldwell County) and Greenberry Hill (Road in northeastern Caldwell County), said Judge-Executive Larry Curling. “They were rated the worst in the county.

“The blacktop plants are going to be closing down pretty soon (for the winter), and we’ve got to send this back pretty soon and get approval, and it’s probably going to take a little while. This is probably going to be a spring project, so we’ve got our flex funds at $93,700 to go with this $163,000. That gives us a quarter-million to start with next year.”

Curling added that the county would get more flex funds and that he would apply for more discretionary funding from the state to keep Caldwell County’s roads in good repair.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a half-million dollars to work with next year,” he said. “This year, we got zip. Zip.

“We’ve got over 32 miles (of county roads paved) this year (without state funding). That’s the most we’ve ever done.”

The fiscal court also appointed Sally Harp to the Caldwell County Extension Council.

During the portion of the meeting set aside for judge-executive comments, Curling praised County Clerk Toni Watson and her staff for running a smooth election.

“If everybody did (elections) like Kentucky, we wouldn’t have the mess we have now,” he said. “They did an excellent job.”

Curling also spoke on the COVID-19 situation, where Caldwell County has found itself among the highest rate of incidence in the state.

“We’ve had 136 cases just in October alone,” he said. “That was the most we’ve had in any month. This month, so far in November, we’ve had 73 cases. That’s an average of eight cases a day. It’s not going away until they find a cure.

“One thing we can do is wear a mask. We (county employees) need to set an example. Every time I leave that office, I always have my mask on. I know sometimes it’s easy to forget, but I need you to do that.”

The next scheduled fiscal court meeting will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 in the courthouse.