Fiscal Court February Meeting

A screenshot of the Rowan County Fiscal Court February meeting. 

The Rowan County Fiscal Court voted to continue an emergency declaration due to inclement weather.

After the second wave of the ice storm hit Morehead, the court voted unanimously to extend the emergency declaration to continue throughout the emergency or until they rescind it.

According to Judge-Executive Harry Clark, as of Tuesday morning roughly 2,500 people were left without power by the second storm. That is up from the 390 people who were without power the night before.

The court advised that everyone stay off the roads and indoors unless completely necessary.

The emergency declaration related to Covid-19 will continue as well.

Rowan County has had a total of 1,899 cases with 1,808 recovered since March. The current seven-day rolling total is 46, which keeps Rowan County in the red. The death toll in Rowan County is still at nine.

“We have fared much better than some of the other folks, but in our county nine deaths means we know those folks,” said Clark. “They’re friends, neighbors or relatives of our own. So we give our condolence to those families who suffered those deaths.”

Vaccines for group 1c will come soon, which consists of anyone age 60 or older, anyone age 16 or older with CDC highest risk Covid-19 risk conditions and all essential workers.

Other key points from the meeting include:

-       The approval of several state pricing contracts totaling $185,874.40 for a skid steer, utility tractor, side rotary motor and two trailers.

-       A unanimous vote for the first reading of an ordinance that would do away with the arts foundation board and create a new foundation that would consist of the Arts Center Director, Tourism Director and one member at large appointed by the Judge-Executive.

-       A draft of an ordinance that will create a staggered fine system for individuals with repeat animal control calls against them at the same location for the same reason.