HAZARD — The Perry County Fiscal Court is moving forward with plans of possibly putting a water plant in Buckhorn, approving in a special called meeting last week an engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study.
Talk about a second water plant in Perry County has been ongoing for several years, and the fiscal court voted on Oct. 2 to accept a bid to evaluate the water needs in the northern part of the county.
Only one bid came in after advertising. The engineer was R.M. Johnson Engineering, which has completed projects in several nearby counties, including one on Troublesome Creek that earned them a national award.
Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble and Magistrate Frank Hurley both said that they were familiar with the firm’s work and were impressed with their ability to get money from these projects for the counties they work in.
Also at the special called meeting the Perry County Ambulance Authority presented the bids they had received for the purchase of a new ambulance. Matthew Couch, director of the Perry County Ambulance Authority, suggested choosing Muster Emergency Vehicles whose bid came in the lowest.
“They bid every year, but they have always been too high,” said Couch.
This new vehicle will be a Chevrolet diesel ambulance to keep the entire fleet diesel. The bid was just over $70,000 plus the price of the stretcher. The fiscal court voted unanimously to accept the bid.
The Perry County Ambulance Authority also discussed the appointment of new board members. Couch said that the ambulance board has to be appointed every year, and currently two members are up for reappointment. They will contact the current member and determine if they wish to remain on the board, and the appointments will be voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting.