Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fiscal Court Approves Flood Variance Board

J-E News Editor
On Monday, the Webster County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of an amendment to the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance that was approved earlier this year. 

The amendment creates a Variance and Appeals Board that will be task with making decisions on flood zone issues in the county. As questions of the flood maps have been around since the maps were introduced a year ago, this board could be busy in the coming months.
“I’d like to have one person from each magisterial district,” said Judge Executive Jim Townsend, who will have the ultimate say on appointing board members. “This is going to be a serious job. If you give one person a variance, you will get questioned by others about the variance. But we want this to be fair. We want very responsible people in this positions.”
The board will consist of:
•One Magistrate
•The Flood Zone Administrator
•Three private citizens

Townsend asked magistrates to think of people in their districts who would make good additions to the board.
In other business, the court approved an agreement with the State Transportation Cabinet that will add 150,000 to the county’s road funds for next spring. This will allow for the repair of several roads that where funds were not previously available.
Magistrates voted 3-0 to approve the appointments of Kristie Higdon and Shelly Utley to the Webster County Extension Board. Recommendations for appointments are made to the board by the extension district.
The court approved a request to advertise for bids for a 911 recording system. The county has received a Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS)  matching grant for $24,375 to purchase the equipment.
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