McCracken PVA Bill Dunn Meets with Fiscal Court
By Leah Long
PADUCAH - McCracken County's new Property Valuation Administrator Bill Dunn, was present Monday evening at the fiscal court meeting to introduce himself.

Dunn was appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin last week and sworn in Monday morning to replace former PVA Nancy Bock, who resigned in September following allegations of forgery and theft.

According to Dunn, he has already met with the staff and, as of Monday, he and the chief deputy were able to save the PVA office between $3000 and $4000, just by cancelling unnecessary cell phones and iPads.

"And I want everyone in the county to know, the city government, county government, taxpayers, my door is open if you have any problems, any questions," said Dunn.

Leeper clarified the PVA is not a county office, as it is an office through the State Revenue Cabinet.

Other guests at Monday night's meeting were former circuit judge, and future McCracken County Judge Executive Craig Clymer, and Vicky Potts, who was officially hired at Monday night's meeting to serve as a full-time administrative assistant in the McCracken County Judge Executive's office, effective October 16th. Potts has spent 16 years working with Clymer, and will be fully trained when he takes over as judge executive.

Greg Cannon, McCracken County planning and zoning administrator said amending the 2013 comprehensive plan has taken about a year and it must be done this year, as the county is required by the state, to review its plan every five years and adopt or amend it.

Cannon explained that four sections of the plan are being amended. In chapter 5, dealing with road projects, some tables are being updated and some completed projects are being deleted to reflect new projects or changed priorities. According to Cannon, in chapter 7, dealing with higher education, Mid-Continent was removed and numbers for enrollment and programs were updated for fall of 2017.

Chapter 9 deals with the county's largest employers and that has also been updated. The fourth amendment deals with the county's future land use map. Cannon brought the current map for the commissioners to see, as well as the proposed map. McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper said the item of amending the comprehensive plan will likely be on the county's agenda for the next two meetings before taking action on it.

Evelyn Jeffords, representing the Department of Energy former worker issues, was on the agenda to speak and she let Gary Vanderboegh, a nuclear whistle-blower and advocate for sick workers at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant and similar plants, speak on her behalf.

Vanderboegh invited everyone to the Robert Cherry Civic Center this Saturday, from 9 am to 9 pm for a public meeting concerning former nuclear workers. "I want you to hear the horror stories," said Vanderboegh.

McCracken County Road Engineer Randy Williams updated the commission on the routine work the department has been doing. He mentioned October is when the department begins gearing up for the winter months and he said he has ordered 700 tons of road salt. This year's cost, he said, is $83 per ton, which is up from last year's price of $74 per ton. Williams said he met with Ballard County Judge Executive Todd Cooper to discuss either a road swap or a highway maintenance agreement for two roads: Phelps Road, which is mostly in Ballard County, but a portion enters McCracken County, and Wren Road, which is mainly in McCracken County, except for a stretch that enters into Ballard County.

In other business, Donald Powers was re-appointed to the Melber New Hope Fire Protection District Board of Directors and Sherry Kahne was re-appointed as a member of the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority Board. Both will serve terms expiring in October 2022.

On the Net:

McCracken County Zoning and Planning website

Published 09:50 PM, Monday Oct. 08, 2018
Updated 07:55 PM, Tuesday Oct. 09, 2018

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