Caneyville resident John Likins took the floor at the recent Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting on Friday morning to continue his efforts to find funds to clean up Caney Creek.
Likins, who has spoken to the court before, is a Caneyville farmer who said he is frequently effected by area flooding. He feels that the flooding, which has plagued the community for decades, could be brought to an end by clearing debris out of 3.9 miles of the creekbed.
Likins said that he takes serious issue with the way the Caney Creek Watershed District uses its funds, and asked for assistance from the fiscal court, which collects the tax money that ultimately goes into that district.
County Attorney Clay Ratley told Likins, “I applaud what you’re trying to do,” but explained that the fiscal court has no control over the Watershed District, and cannot hold back funds or determine how those funds are used.
“This body doesn’t control that body, and we sure don’t control their money or their spending habits,” Ratley said.
Likins told the court that he will “come back another day” and said, “There is a way we’re going to get this done. I don’t know what it is at the present time.”
Also speaking at the meeting was Grayson County’s Industrial Development Director, Dudley Cooper, who took a few moments to update the court on current industrial progress in the county.
Cooper explained that there are several expansions going on at this time, and “a lot of hiring.”
He also said that Western Kentucky University has shown an interest in having a training facility within the county, and told the court members that the new Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus in Leitchfield is going to be a boon for local industry, providing the ability to train students locally.
“I’m so glad to have our very own campus,” Cooper said.
In other fiscal court news:
- Magistrates voted to accept Crystal Ridge Road, located off of Sunbeam Road, as a county-maintained road. At approximately 900 feet in length, the road meets all specifications to be a county road, including being blacktopped to standards, having mail and school bus routes, and having been inspected by the county.
- The court appointed Don Cox as electrical inspector.