Broadband may be coming to the underserviced regions of Rowan County.
The Rowan County Fiscal Court will be submitting a Request for Proposal to bring high-speed internet to the area after working on it for two years. The improved service will enable the community to do more virtually, especially in light of COVID-19.
“It’s like building an interstate highway because we don’t have it here,” said Magistrate Rob Hamm. “If we want a future for our children, even right now with the virtual learning going on, probably 20% of the students don’t even have internet at the house. It’s the future for our community.”
To qualify for broadband, citizens must complete a new test at speedtest.ky.gov. The county must receive input from 10% of the area for accurate results.
In another presentation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9 representative Shane Randy, a representative from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9, said construction along US 60 East will be completed by Tuesday evening or midday Wednesday. He also discussed other projects that are to be completed over the summer.
Judge-Executive Harry Clark also discussed the COVID-19 numbers since the beginning. Rowan County has had 2,181 cases and a total of 15 deaths. There are currently 34 active cases, including eight new cases as of Monday.
The Gateway District Health Department has 370 Moderna vaccines that they are trying to give away this week. Those interested should contact the health department.
The meeting ended in a closed session for a legal matter.
In other business, fiscal court approved:
- A resolution accepting a CDBG Grant of $200,000 from the Kentucky Department of Local Government.
- A resolution accepting a CDBG-CV Grant of $200,000 from the Kentucky Department for Local Government for the Morehead Inspiration Center (Recovery Kentucky) Project.
- A resolution adopting the Title VI Implementation Plan developed by the Kentucky Department for the Local Government.
- The second reading of an ordinance regarding repeat animal control calls that will create an increasing fine for those who fail to comply with warnings from animal control officer.
- The renewal of the Rave Mobile Safety Contract for one year costing $6,869.40.
- A preventative termite treatment annual contract for the Veterans’ museum costing $120 to treat each time.
- The County Road Aid Cooperative Program agreement and resolution to set aside $1,480,418.28 for construction, reconstruction and maintenance of county roads and bridges.
- The FEMA grant which is reserved for natural disasters.
- Appointed Diana Reeder to serve two years on the Art Foundations Board as Judge-Executive Harry Clark’s appointee.
- Appointed Tripp Holbrook to serve four years as the Commissioner for the Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission for her second term.
- The HVAC maintenance contract for the County Services Building costing $1,500 per year.
- Housing agreements with Bath, Morgan and Mason counties to house their inmates in our detention center at a rate of $35 per day per inmate.
- A housing agreement with Montgomery county to house our inmates in their detention center at a rate of $35 per day per inmate.