Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson addresses the members of the Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson addresses the members of the Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

The Grayson County Fiscal Court this week received over $659,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to resurface five county roads.

At Tuesday's fiscal court meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official Mark Welch read a letter from Transportation Cabinet Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid Gray Tomblyn announcing the award of $659,516 in discretionary funds to the county.

These funds will be used to resurface Yeamon-Olaton Road from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 4.478; Hardin Springs Road from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 2.142; Clifty Church Road from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 2.50; McGrew Church Road from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.95; and Dickeys Mill Road from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 2.486.

The resurfacing work will address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders, and base failures. The Grayson County Fiscal Court will be responsible for administering the work, and the transportation cabinet will reimburse the county for the projects.

Yeaman-Olaton Road will cost $172,403; Hardin Springs Road will cost $102,467; Clifty Church Road will cost $96,596; McGrew Church Road will cost $126,840; and Dickeys Mill Road will cost $161,210.

Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson identified these roads as being among those most in need of repairs in the county and said he is grateful to receive the funding to resurface them.

"?I would personally like to thank Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas and Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid Gray Tomblyn for all their help in trying to improve our infrastructure in Grayson County," said Henderson in a statement. "These type of improvements have been long overdue. I would also like to personally thank Gov. Matt Bevin for his prompt response to my request for help in trying to improve the road system for the safety and well-being of the residents of Grayson County. It is amazing what can be accomplished when people work together to try to improve for the better of the community and the Commonwealth."

?Henderson also wished to thank Grayson County's current sitting magistrates "for their continued desire to help improve the roadways in their respective districts and in all of Grayson County."

This funding brings the county's total funds for infrastructure improvements to around $1.5 million, the majority of which is comprised of flex and discretionary funds, according to Henderson.

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 4 Spokesman Chris Jessie, resurfacing projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration are evaluated by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet district staff to assess the roads' conditions and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volume.

"I appreciate Gov. Bevin's continued commitment to our rural communities by investing in our current infrastructure," said State Sen. Steve Meredith in a transportation cabinet news release. "Safe roads and bridges are paramount to the quality of life and future economic development for not only Grayson County, but every rural county in Kentucky. We are grateful for this discretionary funding."

State Rep. Tim Moore also expressed his appreciation for the funding in the transportation cabinet's news release.

"I'm delighted that Gov. Bevin has approved significant funding for various road projects in Grayson County," Moore said. "The folks at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet do a great job ensuring that projects are funded throughout the Commonwealth, but it is nice to have a few extra discretionary dollars flow into our local community."

A date for when the projects will begin has not yet been announced, but, Henderson said, they should be completed within the next couple of months depending on the schedule of Scotty's Contracting & Stone, which will be resurfacing the roads.

In other business, the Grayson County Fiscal Court:

*Approved hiring local attorney Clay Ratley to serve as Grayson County Grant Writer, a position which does not offer insurance or retirement benefits. His $24,000 annual salary will be divided equally four ways between the fiscal court, Grayson County Detention Center, Grayson County School Board, and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.

Henderson said two other individuals had applied for the position but withdrew their applications before they could be interviewed.

The position will be based on a yearly contract.

*Held a proclamation signing declaring May 2, 2019 to be National Day of Prayer in Grayson County. The 2019 Grayson County National Day of Prayer celebration will be held Thursday, May 2 at noon at the Grayson County Judicial Center.

"You don't know how grateful I am to live in a county with the Christian leadership that we have," said event organizer Bro. Chester Shartzer of the proclamation.