Magistrate travel expense questioned

By Theresa Armstrong -

Local resident Ron Tyrer recently questioned the Grayson County Fiscal Court about the change in their monthly expense allotment.

Tyrer addressed the fiscal court during the Monday, March 21 meeting and asked the fiscal court to reconsider the monthly travel expense allotment.

“With $500 being paid to each of you on a monthly basis for travel, you should travel an average of 30 miles a day every day,” said Tyrer. “The job you do is an important one, but that is a lot of miles each month to justify that along with your regular pay.”

During the regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting on Friday, Feb. 19, a motion passed to change the way the magistrates are reimbursed for their mileage.

In the past, the magistrates logged the miles they traveled each month and turned in that report to the county treasurer. They were then reimbursed $.45 a mile for their expenses at an average of $300 to $400 per month.

Tyrer felt in this money could better be spent in other places.

There was no discussion or action taken by the magistrates.

There is a special-called meeting of the Grayson County Fiscal Court to address a mileage issue on Monday, March 28 at 9 a.m. at the Rough River Lodge.

In other business:

*John Likins presented the fiscal court with a petition to appoint him to the Caney Creek Watershed Conservancy District. No action was taken.

*Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Director Becky Escue asked the court to support the Work Ready Community Progress and invited the members to a meeting to help develop a plan for future progress in Grayson County. No action was taken.

*Bryan Downs addressed the court and asked if anything could be done on Langdon Rd. where a saw mill is located, and the entrance way has caused a muddy mess on the road.

“The road is such a mess I have to wash my construction trucks before we can start our work day,” said Downs.

Grayson Judge Executive Gary Logsdon said they would address the issue with the owner and make him put gravel down to help with the situation.

By Theresa Armstrong

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

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