Fiscal Court

Several representatives from the Driftwood Estates Subdivision were present at last week's Lyon County Fiscal Court meeting to raise concerns regarding laws prohibiting them from driving golf carts and other small motorized vehicles around their community.

The Lyon County Fiscal Court held a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 14 and agenda items included the approval of an interlocal workforce agreement and discussion of an increase in 911 services payment.

Several community members were present and voiced questions and concerns during visitor comments.

One person asked about the paving of three roads in Worthington. Judge-Executive Wade White said they only had enough funding to cover the paving of one more road at this time, and the funds had already been allocated for the paving of Panther Creek. He added that every year around January and February, he asks the magistrates to pick out the worst roads in their district, then the roads are graded. Starting with the ones most in need of repair, they pave as many as they can until funding runs out. White encouraged people to make their magistrate aware of the roads at that time.

Several representatives from the Driftwood Estates Subdivision were present at the meeting to raise concerns regarding laws prohibiting them from driving golf carts and other small motorized vehicles around their community. One man shared that he had received a warning, while driving a UTV, and had been told he would receive a citation if he was caught again.

County Attorney Lee Wilson informed those gathered that there is a Kentucky Statute that prohibits the driving of these types of vehicles on roadways (KRS 189.268). The only way it can be legal is if the county passes an ordinance allowing it, which Wilson said does not exist at this time. He also said the wording in the statute is very specific on what type of vehicles the ordinance is able to allow.

The residents asked the fiscal court if it would be willing to pass such an ordinance. Bobby Cummins, the magistrate for District 1 – which contains Driftwood Estates – was not present at the meeting. White said he would prefer to gather further information and hear Cummins’ opinion, and invited those gathered to come to the next fiscal court meeting.

A third person came to raise concerns regarding the areas that will be covered by the new Fastnet Internet expansion. She was concerned that current residents were not being prioritized and new residents and businesses may come to the areas receiving coverage. White informed her that he did not believe the information she was basing her concerns on was true, and as such was unable to speak to them.

The fiscal court signed an interlocal workforce agreement, which it had also done several years ago. This agreement allows the PADD office to take care of workforce development in the local area, and must be signed by the fiscal court to ensure government cooperation and that the office has the proper authority and ability to help residents.

White shared that he had received a letter from Kentucky State Police, which the county contracts with to cover its 911 dispatching services. Each year, the county pays it roughly $50,000 to perform these services, and White said it had been satisfied. However, state police is asking for an increase with a new payment of $134,754, and are asking for this payment on Jan. 1, 2023.

White said it had not budgeted for this increase when approving the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Other counties that contract with state police have seen similar increases and are raising concerns. White has asked for more information from state police, and had no recommended action for the fiscal court at this time. He wanted to make it aware of the issue.

Other business included:

• An update to the FY23 Budget Revenue Code, which entails that Document Storage Funds for the clerk, will now be added to recurring expenses instead of running through the fiscal court. This means it will not have to be approved each time.

• Approval of reports and transfers.

• Update from Amanda Davenport, the Executive Director of the Lake Barkley Partnership, on the Industrial Park development project. She shared that it's currently finishing dirt work and have been taking drone footage to document the project.