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Fiscal Court

There was a second reading of Ordinance 2024-01 at the Hancock County Fiscal Court meeting Monday night, January 22nd. The ordinance, once passed, will regulate the minimum requirements/trainings for all volunteer members of emergency services in Hancock County.

(*A full text of the ordinance is available for public inspection at the Hancock County Judge-Executive’s Office during office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

“We have different groups, whether it be the HC Rescue Squad, the Dive Team, the volunteer fire departments, etc., and when they arrive on the scene, we want to make sure that they have the training that is specific to their area,” Judge-Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said. “We want to make sure we get them that training from this office. We’re just making sure that everybody has the equivalent training that they need so when they respond to an accident they have the equipment and everything they need to respond, across the board.

The volunteer fire departments are already mandated from the KRS with the certain training programs that they have to have, and we’re just aligning so that the other emergency services have those same requirements. It’s just the minimum requirements (for each volunteer member) to keep all emergency services consistent.”

EMA Director Kyle Veach added, “Basically it just takes the KRS that the fire departments fall under, their requirements, and it makes it the same for the other emergency volunteer departments in the county.”

DRA Resolution Approved

The court approved the resolution to submit into the Delta Regional Authority Act (DRA), which will allow Hancock County to be eligible for grants and programs that would help with economic development.

The Delta Regional Authority Act (DRA) of 2000, established through federal legislation, addresses chronic and severe economic distress in the region, and consists of 252 counties and parishes across 8 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. DRA’s primary purpose is to stimulate economic development and foster partnerships that will positively impact the economy by helping to create jobs, build communities and improve lives. The DRA services are currently in Henderson, McClean, Union and Webster Counties. Daviess, Hancock and Ohio Counties are not currently included within the DRA service area.

“There are other GRADD counties that are involved in this,” Roberts said. “So what we’re requesting is that we also get submitted into the DRA, which allows us to be eligible for some grants for economic development that we are not eligible for now.”

Occupational Tax Report

“Occupational tax for December is $2,290,285.57,” Roberts stated. “That’s down about $300,000. It’s about $50K a month lower.”

By Jennifer Wimmer

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