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Meeting Recap: Dust Bowl Week Proclamation

Judge-Executive Al Mattingly proclaimed July 16-24 as ‘Dust Bowl Week’ in Daviess County.  The 48th annual basketball tournament will be held at Kendall – Perkins Park.

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Fire Tower at Panther Creek Park

Gardner Engineering Consulting, PLLC will assess the structural condition of the fire tower at Panther Creek Park.  The observation area has been closed to the public for the last several months.

“We want to make sure it is safe,” said Judge-Executive Al Mattingly.  “And if it is not safe, tell us what repairs are needed.  We won’t know anything until the structural engineer sends a report to County Engineer Mark Brasher with a recommendation.”

KYTC Lease Agreement at Operations Center

Fiscal Court approved a lease modification with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), regarding office space at the Daviess County Operations Center on Highway 81.

In January, KYTC opened a Regional Driver Licensing Office to administer REAL ID and standard driver’s licenses/ID cards.  The lease modification will include two additional offices to accommodate state police testing for licensing.

Amended Agreement with Hollison, LLC

The Court approved an extension of an incentive agreement with Hollison, LLC.

“Back in 2015, the Court signed an incentive agreement with Hollison,” explained David Smith, Director of Legislative Services.  “It involved a portion that was a grant, and a portion that was a loan.”

The company requested the extension due to the impact of COVID-19.  The amended agreement will cover a 10-year term, with the loan due back in September 2025.

Little Hurricane Boat Ramp

A new lease agreement was signed with Hurricane Marina, LLC for the Little Hurricane Boat Ramp.  The County purchased the ramp and adjacent acreage from the federal government seven years ago.

Hurricane Marina, LLC approached the Court about leasing the property, adding a boat dock and other amenities.  They have now complied with all the terms and permitting outlined by the US Army Corps of Engineers along with the Kentucky Division of Water.

Funding for Juvenile Drug Court

Fiscal Court approved an agreement with the City of Owensboro regarding funding for the Juvenile Drug Court.  The program serves juveniles ages 12-17, who complete an assessment process and agree to treatment and/or counseling.

Watch the video with County Attorney Claud Porter to learn more.

Other News

Fiscal Court approved a special event rental agreement with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the ROMP Festival.  The event will take place on September 15-18 at Yellow Creek Park.

The County will apply for a $3,000 matching grant to assist with low cost spay/neuter services at the Animal Shelter.

Daviess County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will serve as a host agency with the AmeriCorps program.

The Court approved bids for new restrooms at Horse Fork Creek Park, near the inclusive playground and spray park, along with target machines at the Gun Club and two pumper trucks for the Fire Department.

FREE Tire Disposal Event

The waste tire collection continues at the Daviess County Lions Club Fairgrounds on Highway 54 in Philpot.

Liberty Tire Recycling will be accepting tires until 4 p.m. Friday and then 7 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.  All Kentucky residents are eligible to participate.

Tires may be on-or-off rim, including farm implement, truck, car, motorcycle, and ATV.


Anna Williams has been hired as Part-Time Animal Control Attendant.

The Court accepted the retirement of Karla Riney, as Public Works Administrative Assistant, effective July 31.  Riney has served 26 years with the County.

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