Community centers to reopen

By KAREN JONES CODY

In Monday’s meeting of the fiscal court, Judge- Executive Randy Thompson announced that two Knott County community centers will reopen in time for the holidays.

After returning from a brief closed session to discuss personnel matters, Judge Thompson explained that enough grant funding was available to operate the centers at Carrie and Beckham Combs. Magistrates voted unanimously to approve the return of Sylvia Combs and Genevieve Combs on November 1, to run the centers as long as the grant funding holds.

Sylvia Combs was in the audience, and responded, “Thank you – my seniors will love you. I’ve been asked about the center every day.”

A resolution was presented to the court to authorize Judge Thompson to sign documents related to expansion of the Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant. The judge explained that there is a tight timeline on the project, and funding will come from different sources. The court agreed to have Judge Thompson sign all necessary paperwork as it becomes available.

Sheriff Dale Richardson asked the court to approve the purchase of new vehicles for his office. The sheriff noted that there would be no cost to the court. He related that he and his staff had looked at the Ford Interceptor, a car that replaces the Crown Victoria which was formerly common for law enforcement use. He said they had found the state contract price is cheapest, and going through KACO would provide the best interest rate; this requires fiscal court approval. District Four Magistrate Calvin Waddles asked the sheriff if he had looked at four-wheel-drive vehicles. Sheriff Richardson said they had, but the cost is prohibitive. He added that he is exploring military…

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