Daviess County Fiscal Court has recognized the Apollo High School Dance Team for a series of state and national championships.
The Eaglettes placed first in ‘Varsity Pom’ and ‘Hip Hop’ at the JAMfest Dance Super Nationals in Louisville in February. The competition included schools from 15 states.
Apollo was also named the state champion in the ‘Pom’ category at the Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization competition last weekend.
Proclamation – Child Abuse Prevention Month
Judge/Executive Al Mattingly has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Daviess County. The proclamation was presented at a kick-off event/pinwheel planting with students from Owensboro Innovation Middle School.
Watch the video (below) to learn more about the STAND Against Child Abuse on April 22 at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Nannie Belle Loop – Road Name Change
A portion of Old Highway 144 will be renamed to “Nannie Bell Loop” in the Thruston area.
The designation will begin at Jones Road and end at KY-144/Roy Clark Road for a length of 0.849 miles. Approximately 28 families live along this section of Old Highway 144, and well over 50 percent signed a petition in support of the name change.
Judge Gene Lanham, who organized the petition, explained that it will clear up confusion for emergency responders and delivery drivers. There are, in fact, four sections of Old Highway 144.
“Mrs. Nannie Belle Camp was known for her several animals, dogs and cats, but mostly for the many goats she had,” Lanham told Fiscal Court.
Nannie Belle would retrieve the goat milk, sharing it with area families – especially mothers who had infants in need. It was free to those who could not afford to pay.
Judge/Executive Al Mattingly remarked that the road name would maintain that memory and pass along a bit of history to younger generations.
In the future, adjoining property owners will receive a letter from Planning & Zoning, notifying them of the updated road name.
Road & Street Index
Fiscal Court had summary second reading and passage of the Road Index, which lists all of the county-maintained roads. County Engineer Mark Brasher said the vast majority of the changes are updated route numbers. Only one new section of roadway was added in a subdivision off Daniels Lane.
Grant for OASIS Shelter Property Acquisition
Fiscal Court approved documents related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funding to assist the OASIS women’s shelter. The grant award for $1 million will allow for the acquisition of an existing, multi-family building complex with 38 beds. Fiscal Court had the first reading of a budget amendment that will account for this grant.
New Voting Machines
Fiscal Court approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State Board of Elections regarding voting equipment.
Daviess County purchased new voting machines from Harp Enterprises in November 2021.
With the agreement, the County will receive $142,500 in federal funds through the Title II Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Assistant Treasurer Jordan Johnson said these funds were available to all counties that purchased voting machines in the last year.
Fiscal Court awarded a contract to Weaver Consultants for mandatory Air Compliance Reporting at the West Daviess County Landfill.
Commissioners also agreed to the rental of a drum roller for use in the liner installation at the Landfill. It will be used to compact multiple layers of clay in phases over the next several months.
Fiscal Court awarded a bid for bulk, 12-gauge shotgun ammunition at the Daviess County Gun Club, totaling 175,000 shells.
A cooperative bid with the City of Owensboro was approved for rock salt.
Dakota Brown has been hired as an Animal Control Officer, effective April 12, 2022.
Stephen Mayfield will join the Road Department as a Utility Laborer, effective April 25, 2022.