Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to contribute the Grayson County Sheriff's Office's (GCSO) settlement check back to the GCSO.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to contribute the Grayson County Sheriff's Office's (GCSO) settlement check back to the GCSO.

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, Feb. 20 opted to contribute more than $57,000 in settlement funds back to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office (GCSO).

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, during the Fiscal Court's regular meeting, requested that the $57,523.80 settlement check his office presented to the Court be contributed back to the GCSO.

Chaffins said his office had accounted for funds recorded in December of 2017 from tax collection (the GCSO cannot make purchases until December because it will not know how much tax revenue is collected until then), but, because the GCSO did not receive the funds until January, the funds could no longer be used for expenses from 2017.

Chaffins said the GCSO used only $1.1 million of its estimated $1.3 million budget the past year, and, with the settlement funds, he hopes to hire another deputy and purchase needed equipment.

He said he is not asking for any additional money and will not do so in the future; he is asking to be able to use money his office collected from 2017 that could still be used for expenses from 2017.

Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson and Grayson County Treasurer Angel Hayes explained that though the county cannot write the GCSO a check for the settlement funds, the Fiscal Court can use the money to pay for GCSO expenses.

The settlement funds will be placed in the county general fund but still belong to the GCSO.

Following Chaffins' request, the Fiscal Court voted to permit the GCSO to use the settlement funds.

In other business:

•The Fiscal Court approved the Rural Secondary Road Program proposal, which included a $1,457,562 total cost for

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proposals and allots $1,429,000.

Henderson added that over the past year, the county's Flex road funds have increased from $220,000 to $370,000 due to budget cuts.

*The Fiscal Court began discussions with the local Amish community about ways to remedy the issue of horse manure left on the roadways by horse-drawn carriages.

A solution was not decided during the meeting, but Henderson said the Court will work with the community to reach a resolution to the issue.

*The Fiscal Court voted to swap the percentages of its proceeds from the county occupational taxes from 35 percent to the road fund and 65 percent to the general fund to 65 percent to the road fund and 35 percent to the general fund allow more funding for road repairs.

Henderson said many county roads were damaged during the recent winter weather, and more funds are needed to ensure they can be repaired.

*The Fiscal Court voted to deed the MTD road access area back to the City of Leitchfield now that the road has been built.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to contribute the Grayson County Sheriff's Office's (GCSO) settlement check back to the GCSO.