Courtesy photo Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson, left, speaks with Governor Matt Bevin during a meeting in Frankfort, KY on Thursday.

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Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson, left, speaks with Governor Matt Bevin during a meeting in Frankfort, KY on Thursday.

Grayson County Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson travelled to Frankfort, KY last Thursday, Feb. 15 to meet with Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Henderson said his purpose was to update state officials about the initiatives underway in Grayson County, as well as to request additional funding and support for these initiatives.

First, in his meeting with Bevin, Henderson said, he discussed Grayson County's road conditions, as well as bringing in new industry, expanding current industry, and the drug epidemic that is affecting not only Grayson County but the entire state.

However, Henderson's primary concern was infrastructure issues, specifically the repair and maintenance of county roads, many of which were damaged during the harsh winter weather that have frozen and thawed roadways repeatedly.

"When you have something like that on a large scale, it can be difficult to fund," Henderson said in a later interview.

Henderson spoke with Commissioner Gary Reece, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, about ways to procure additional funding for Grayson County in this regard.

Henderson said Reece was receptive of his request and was willing to help Grayson County.

The county currently takes care of its roads through municipal aid from the state, as well as flex road funds, but, on Thursday, Henderson also filled out paperwork for discretionary funds, which are awarded based on road conditions and have no cap, he said.

This is the first time Grayson County has applied to be considered for discretionary funds, according to Henderson.

The next step in receiving these discretionary funds will be for the county to get estimates on the cost of repairing the roads in question.