Fiscal court approves bridge work, GEAR UP month declaration
by Amelia Holliday — Staff Reporter
HAZARD—The Perry County Fiscal Court met last week to approve board appointments and construction projects on county roads.
The court unanimously approved resolutions for authorization of the Kentucky Department of Highways to act on behalf of the court to repair a bridge on Black Hawk Road in Happy and a bridge on Beech Fork Road in Slemp.
Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble said the state highway department will replace a county bridge if the bridge is continuously kept in compliance with state regulations for bridges.
“It’s our bridge. The state department will replace it, and they have to put everything in our name. We’ll replace two bridges, this is at no cost to the county,” he said.
Representatives from GEAR UP, a federal program aiming to see that students are more prepared for college once they graduate high school, attended the court meeting to bring attention to an effort to have September declared national GEAR UP month in the state.
Paula Wilder, associate director for the Partners for Education program at Berea College, the program that houses GEAR UP, said the program is facing inevitable funding cuts on the federal and state level but hopes that this declaration may bring enough attention to the program so that cuts can be put off for as long as possible.
“I came up with the idea to work through the judge-executive’s offices across the whole state of Kentucky and so each and every county that we currently serve are currently declaring the month of September GEAR UP month. It’s a tactic to get national recognition because a lot of the programs and services we offer kind of seem to go unnoticed,” she said. “When I get out and talk to the general public people aren’t aware of the wonderful things that we do.”
The court voted unanimously to approve the resolution to declare September as GEAR UP month in Perry County.
In other business, the court approved multiple appointments to local boards in the county.
The court approved the appointment of Debra Caudill and Ethel Combs to the Solid Waste Board, and Una Mae Gayheart and Lily H. Oliver to the Board of Assessment Appeals of Perry County, with Gayheart being names the chairman of the board. A $400 order of allowance to the Board of Assessment Appeals was also approved.
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