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Fiscal Court to seek grant for Tox Away Day

Daviess County Fiscal Court will apply for a Household Hazardous Waste Management Grant through the Kentucky Pride Fund.

“Back in 2016, the County for the first time did a Tox Away Day, where people could take household hazardous waste that doesn’t belong in our Landfill and properly dispose of the material,” said David Smith, Director of Legislative Services.

“We collected 30,000 pounds of material last year,” Smith added.  “A lot of it is used oil, kerosene, and other types of fuels and a lot of acids and chemicals are brought to us.”

If the grant application is successful, the County will host a Tox Away Day on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at the Operations Center on Highway 81.

Fiscal Court is also seeking to replace six 40-yard open top containers for recycling.  The Kentucky Pride Fund is supported by a $1.75 fee on each ton of waste received at the Landfill and Transfer Station.

Road, Bridge, & Street System Ordinance

County Engineer Mark Brasher said the updated road index includes 12 streets in subdivisions that were built or partially built in the last year.  All of these streets have been inspected by the Engineering Department with the bonds released.

A final change to the road index updates a section of Old Highway 144 to Nannie Belle Loop, as the name change was approved in April 2022.  Fiscal Court will consider passage of the road index following the second reading on February 23, 2023.

Other News

Fiscal Court will present a grant application to FEMA for a backup generator at the Masonville No. 1 Fire Station.  The project was selected by Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) following the declared disaster for the COVID pandemic in 2021.

A resolution endorsing Owensboro as the “Quintessential Bluegrass Music Capital of the World” was approved unanimously, as the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks to drive tourism and create economic development activity.

Fiscal Court approved an amended budget for the Sheriff’s Office that includes an increase in salaries to match the published Cost of Living Adjustment from the Department for Local Government.  The amended budget also includes a part-time forensics officer.

A police interceptor unit has been declared surplus and will be transferred to Estill County Fiscal Court.  The same action was taken concerning metal halide light ballasts that will be given to Daviess County Public Schools.

Bids were awarded for a new chassis cab at the Road Department and a dozer undercarriage replacement at the Landfill.

Fiscal Court approved a sports facility license agreement with the Daviess County Youth Soccer Association for use of Horse Fork Creek Park.


Austin Fuqua will join the Daviess County Road Department as a Mechanic.

Bryant Taylor and Michael Reed will be promoted to the role of Service Technician with the Building & Grounds Department.

Captain Jeff Payne has been appointed to the Owensboro-Daviess County Drug/Alcohol Steering Committee for a three-year term.

Nathan Berry has been appointed to the Owensboro Regional Hospital Board to complete a term ending in October 2023.

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