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2017 FARM AND HOME FIELD DAY JUNE 23, 2017

A delicious BBQ dinner complete with all the fixings was provided by the Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau and door prizes were handed out at the end of the evening's event. A delicious BBQ dinner complete with all the fixings was provided by the Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau and door prizes were handed out at the end of the evening's event.

The Lawrence Co. Extension Office hosted its 2017 Farm and Home Field Day on Thursday, June 23, 2017. The bad weather kept some at home but over 160 attendees were present for Thursday's event and the folks that came out certainly enjoyed it.

A host of vendors were there to educate and demonstrate their expertise. The Master Gardeners did a rain barrel demonstration.

*  The Ky Dept. of Agriculture had a tractor rollover experience showing the importance of roll bars and wearing seat belts.

*  Wellmans Hardware did a cooking expo using similar grills sold in the store.

*  A deer-proof fence was set up to show how to keep deer out of your vegetable garden.

*  Bouncy houses and a petting zoo exhibited by the Lawrence Co. Future Farmers of America provided fun for the children.

A delicious BBQ dinner complete with all the fixings was provided by the Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau and door prizes were handed out at the end of the evening's event.

The Ky Department of Agriculture had a tractor rollover experience showing the importance of roll bars and wearing seat belts. The Ky Department of Agriculture had a tractor rollover experience showing the importance of roll bars and wearing seat belts.

Sponsors for the event include Three Rivers Medical Center, Savage Farms, Lawrence Co. Health Department, Lawrence Co. Soil Conservation, Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau, UK Homeplace Clinic, Farm Service Agency, Farmhouse Repurposed, Wellmans Hardware, Lawrence Co. Nutrition Assistants, Lawrence Co. Homemakers and Lawrence Co. Master Gardeners.

F&F Day visitors liked the rollover experiment.F&F Day visitors liked the rollover experiment.

 

Laura Maggard shared her thoughts by saying, "The Lawrence Co. Extension Office Staff would like to thank all the volunteers and leaders who helped make Field Day happen and to the participants who came out despite the weather.

We look forward to Farm and Home Field Day next year!"

 

JUNE 20, 2017

 

SUMMARY:


The Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court met for its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10am. Those in attendance were Judge/Exec. John Osborne, Magistrate Rick Blackburn, Magistrate Earl Boggs, Magistrate John Lemaster and Magistrate Morris Howard. The meeting was called to order after the opening prayer and pledge.

FISCAL COURT L to R Rick Blackburn, Earl Boggs, Judge?Exec. John Osborne, John J. Lemaster, and Morris HowardFISCAL COURT L to R Rick Blackburn, Earl Boggs, Judge?Exec. John Osborne, John J. Lemaster, and Morris Howard

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by Morris Howard to approve the minutes of the May16, 2017 meeting

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to approve 2nd reading of FY17/18 Budget

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to approve 2nd reading of Budget Amendment #5

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by Earl Boggs to approve the Treasurer's Request

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by Earl Boggs to approve the monthly Bills

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Morris Howard to approve the Treasurer's Report

After a discussion from Kelly Ward, representative from the FIVCO regional landfill located in Grahn, Ky, the Court agreed to pay $3,000 for Lawrence Co's portion of the total amount of $12,000. Carter Co. and Boyd Co. have also agreed to pay. Mr. Ward will present to the Elliott Co. Fiscal Court at its next meeting.

This expense is to cover the required and mandatory inspection of the landfill monthly. Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn. All were in agreement.

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to adopt the Resolution of the LC Fiscal Court Authorizing the Filing of a Ky. Local Government Economic Dev. Fund House Bill 303 Projects in the amount of $26,000.

Motion by Earl Boggs,second by Rick Blackburn to approve the Fiscal Court donation for the 4th of July ($100)

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the reduction of Speed on Mattie Rd to 35mph.

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to appoint John Osborne to the Big Sandy Regional Jail Board

Separate motions: bids on material

1. Bid on gravel -- Big Sandy Resources

2. Bid on blacktop -- Mountain Enterprises

3. Gravel pick up -- Mountain Enterprises

Catrina Vargo updated the court on Economic Development action

*  Huge turnout for the Amteck's free commercial electrician apprenticeship training info. Great training and job opportunity.

*  Reasons why Braidy Industries could not locate in Lawrence County and how vital it is that prime Lawrence County land be developed. The Greenup Co. company will still benefit Lawrence and surrounding counties by creating jobs and drawing in more industry.

*  She also spoke about the recently passed Right to Work law and prevailing wage. KY is the last county in the south to pass the right to work law, and was the primary reason Braidy Industries even considered KY as a site for their company.

*  The One East KY team is in France this week recruiting businesses and marketing eastern KY. OEK is a regional economic development organization which covers Lawrence County, and works closely with the Lawrence County Economic Development Dept.

*  Tourism was a major topic. It is the 3rd largest industry in KY, and has increased in Lawrence County from $12,500,000 generated revenue in 2012 to $15,215,532 in 2016.  

*  6,033 households in Lawrence County paid $415 LESS in local and state taxes in 2016 due to tax revenue generated by tourist spending. $887 billion dollars was spent last year on outdoor recreation in KY. Vargo said, "we need to build on the assets we already have and develop the ones that are just sitting here."

*  Announced that Louisa will be applying to state tourism cabinet for Trail Town status.

* Two projects that were submitted in the former AML grant will be resubmitted for the 2nd round of funding.

*  A company that was scheduled for a site visit on May 24, had to cancel, but planned to reschedule. KY Mountain Regional Recreation Authority (House Bill 156), will become law on June 30. Lawrence County will belong to the Southeast KY (SKY) Trail portion, another huge step forward in tourism for all of eastern KY.

*  The LC Fiscal Court was presented with a check on May 30th for the KEAP grant from AEP. These funds will go toward the Teleworks projects that will create jobs using available broadband technology. As soon as the USDA grant funding comes through, the project can begin.


The meeting was then adjourned.

Date: 06-21-2017

SUMMER OF '17 starts out with news of request for raise of electricity prices to customers according to this front page story in today's Appalachian News-ExpressSUMMER OF '17 starts out with news of request for raise of electricity prices to customers according to this front page story in today's Appalachian News-Express

Decline in customers, usage given for reason

Appalachian News-Express

Residents of the area could soon see an uptick of as much as nearly 17 percent in their electric bills as Kentucky Power is seeking a rate review due to economic factors.

According to a statement released by KY Power, it is facing challenges pertaining to the decline of customers because of the “struggling economy.” Since September 2014, KY Power has lost nearly 2,000 residential customers and nearly 450 industrial and commercial customers, resulting in a 14.2 percent decrease in electricity usage, the statement said.

“…This is flat out wrong. Our people and our local businesses cannot absorb any more power bill increases. I have opposed AEP's prior rate increases and will oppose this rate increase as well. In 2011, 2013, and 2017 I filed bills to create an elected PSC. Until ratepayers have a voice in the process this will likely continue. Asking for a 16.8% rate hike with our current economy is simply being out of touch with the realities facing our region.”“…This is flat out wrong. Our people and our local businesses cannot absorb any more power bill increases. I have opposed AEP's prior rate increases and will oppose this rate increase as well. In 2011, 2013, and 2017 I filed bills to create an elected PSC. Until ratepayers have a voice in the process this will likely continue. Asking for a 16.8% rate hike with our current economy is simply being out of touch with the realities facing our region.”In its filing with the Public Service Commission for the rate adjustment, KY Power is seeking an increase of nearly $69.6 million (12.6 percent) from customers. Revenue from residential customers currently totals $232 million, with the proposed revenue from the adjustment totaling $270 million — an increase of $37 (16.09 percent) annually. According to the statement, individual rates will vary depending on usage. Customers using 1,247 kilowatt-hours per month will see an estimated increase of $24 per month (16.8 percent) increase — nearly 80 cents per day. Rates for industrial and commercial customers could increase by eight to 15 percent, depending on usage.

The residential and commercial rates differ because, according to KY Power, it has been a longtime practice to use industrial/commercial customer revenue to supplement residential rates and keep costs down, but since commercial and industrial customers are leaving the area, residential customers must take on an increased proportion of costs, the statement said.

According to the statement, KY Power is taking steps to keep rates from increasing again which include discontinuing an employee discount program, reducing tree-trimming services by $6.8 million and investing in economic development to attract new businesses and industries.

If approved by the Public Service Commission, the rates could take effect in January 2018. KY Power will officially file its application on June 26.