FLEMINGSBURG — Fleming County Fiscal Court held its second reading of the annual budget for the next fiscal year and discussed a request made by the Recreation Park Board in its meeting Tuesday morning.
Crystal Ruark began the meeting by giving the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly report of events that will take place in the following weeks. Some of the upcoming events are the Business and Industry Tour on May 15 and the “Bridges and Beyond” tour of Fleming County held by the tourism committee.
After the report, the court appointed members to various boards and commissions. For the planning commission, the court appointed Amanda Maynard and James Clark was reappointed for another term on the ambulance district board. Clay Skaggs was also reappointed to ethics board as well as John Sims Sr. to the Fleming-Mason Airport board.
The court agreed to donate $500 to each of the covered bridges in the county to help fund general landscaping as per a request made by the Buffalo Trace Area Development District.
“I had a call from Mrs. Hardy from the Buffalo Trace AD District,” Judge-Executive Larry Foxworthy said, “and evidently the Covered Bridge Authority have been overseeing the maintenance, I won’t say maintenance, but mowing and weed eating around the three covered bridges. She informed me they have no money.”
Another request, made by the recreational park board, was brought to the court which asked for a 3 percent increase to the county’s contribution of the board’s budget. In the recreation park board meeting last month, funding, or the lack thereof, was the main issue the board wanted to address.
Aging park facilities and pool caused maintenance costs to rise over the years, according to the board, with no changes in the amount of funds given to the park. A request of an increase was made to both the court and Flemingsburg City Council.
The court agreed the rec park is up in age, with Foxworthy acknowledging the great expenses in funding a park and pool by recalling Augusta’s plan to renovate its pool.
“I think I’d be OK with a $2,400, one-time contribution,” Magistrate Theresa Rinehart said. “But, they should realize this will be a one-time thing.”
The request of a one-time increase to the county’s contribution of the rec park board’s budget in the amount of $2,407.96 in addition to the regular $36,000 contribution was acquiesced by the court. This increase will be reflected in the court’s. budget for the coming fiscal year.
Fleming County Treasurer Kathy Dryden conducted the first reading of the fiscal court’s budget. According to Dryden, very few changes were made to the new budget. One of the major changes was an increase to the retirement fund, a product of the dilemma with pension in the state.
“It increased I think at $87,000 as our total increase for the whole budget for retirement,” Dryden said after the meeting.
Dryden also said the 3 percent increase towards the recreational park board’s budget would reflect as a line item, and that there’s enough funds in reserve to cover the request without changing the overall budget amount.