The local Industrial Development Authority plans to purchase a 25 acre tract of land that will allow them to create a new industrial park in Wayne County, and fiscal court has approved the resolution that will allow the project to move forward.

    Magistrates reviewed the proposal and the scope of the project 
during a meeting held on Thursday, October 10. The resolution also 
authorizes a purchase option of an additional 10 adjacent acres at a 
later date.
    Wayne County Judge- Executive Mike Anderson noted that the 
Industrial Development Authority has received money paid by TVA to 
the state in lieu of taxes. That money is divided among 39 different 
counties and is earmarked for economic development.
    Plans for the way the money is spent must be made through the 
Industrial Development Authority, but the court must approve the 
action before it moves to the Department of Local Government for 
final approval. This year's funding is approximately $153,000, and 
that is also the amount Wayne County will receive next year, 
according to the discussion at the meeting.
    The funds from both fiscal years will be used to purchase the 
initial 25 acres, according to Anderson. He noted that the property, 
which is located on Highway 1275 and owned by the Franklin Group, has 
recently been appraised for approximately $782,000.
    In their proposal, members of the Industrial Development Authority 
stated, "The purchase of the 25 acre tract of real estate will allow 
the Monticello-Wayne County Industrial Development Authority to 
create an industrial park in Wayne County, Kentucky. This acquisition 
of the real estate will lead to industrial development and jobs for 
Wayne County. Currently, the Monticello-Wayne County Industrial 
Authority does not own any real estate which it can lease or provide 
for economic development; therefore, this purchase provides the 
authority with a great opportunity to obtain new business growth and 
job opportunities for Wayne County."
    The proposal indicates that over time, the group's goal is to 
develop the tract of land with ready to build pads, utilities and 
roads. It also noted the location is excellent since it is near KY 
90, the local airport, city water, electricity and easement for sewer 
    District One Magistrate Ronnie Turner asked about the cost of 
developing the property, but Anderson said that would be determined 
by a study of the site.
    District Four Magistrate Jonathan Dobbs asked if the second phase 
funding for next year is assured, and Anderson said that money has 
already been committed. All magistrates voted in favor of the 
property purchase.
    In other action during the meeting, the court:
    • Clarified that the health tax rate is 3.5 cents for real property. 
A clerical error occurred which stated that all health tax rates were 
set at 3.5 cents, but that levy is only for real property. Anderson 
noted that there will be no increase in property tax bills.
    • Approved the appointment of Wanda Gregory and Katina Shearer to 
the library board.
    • Approved the appointment of Jesus Alvarez to the Tourist 
Commission to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Dwight 
    • Approved the only bid received for four ambulance stretchers. 
Wayne County EMS received grant funding for the purchase.
    • Rejected the bids for a pre-engineered metal building for EMS. The 
specs will be changed and the project will be rebid.
    • Approved the only bid received for the purchase of two washers and 
dryers at the detention center.
    • Approved a one-time pay increase for all county employees in 
    • Heard a monthly report from Jailer Ronnie Ellis, who said total 
population at the detention center is 221. That includes 73 county 
inmates, 139 state inmates and nine Madison County inmates. For the 
month of September the county billed a total of $149,242 for housing 
    • Heard a monthly report from Solid Waste Coordinator Tim Bell who 
stated that white goods were collected at 53 households in September, 
bringing the total to 690 for the year. Litter abatement covered 
102.5 miles.
    • Heard a monthly report from Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder who said the ambulance service answered 325 calls in September, bringing the total for the year to 2,471.

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