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Conservation budgets increased; Hancock previously had lowest extension budget in Kentucky

It was reported at a recent Hancock County Fiscal Court Meeting that Hancock County has had the lowest extension budget in the whole state. The Division of Conservation provides assistance to 121 conservation districts for conservation programs across the state.

Conservation budgets have now been increased, including a 2 percent raise mandated from University of Kentucky.

The extension budget increased from $105K to $112K.  UK pays for two agents, the 4-H and Ag Extensions. They pay all of the salary and the county provides the office spaces and phones. The others are paid for by Kentucky State University.

“The Soil Conservation budget is $78K,” Judge-Executive Johnny Roberts said, “that’s up $4,500 from last year. Both budgets went up.”

Resolution

A resolution was approved by the court that the governing bodies of Meade, Breckinridge and Hancock Counties, pursuant to KRS 65.210, have the power to enter into agreements in order to provide for the use of property on the basis of mutual advantage to provide services and facilities in a manner pursuant to governmental organizations that will accord the best geographic, economic, population and other factors that includes the needs and development of local communities.

Crumb-Rubber Grant

The Court approved a grant application process that, if awarded, will be applied for crumb-rubber product for curbs at Vastwood in Hawesville, for safety at the park.

They’ll be requesting that the KY Energy & Environment Cabinet Div. of Waste Management provide assistance under the Crumb Rubber/Tire-Derived Products Grant.

Documents and agreements must be executed in association with grant funding and implementation of projects.

Recycling Grant

The court is applying for a grant to replace 6 of the recycling trailers that are in bad condition. They are replaced regularly.

By Jennifer Wimmer

 

 

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