Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Audit, Finance and Purchasing committee met on Wednesday, September 14. They approved last months claims, discussed Courthouse renovations and budget hearings.
Two Ordinances were passed and were sent to the Full Board granting funds for projects and expenses. The ARPA funds to the Christian County Fairgrounds for projects was passed. The Fairgrounds was awarded $100,000 for future plans which have not been discussed yet. The second granting of the funds was an amount not to exceed $5,000 shall be made payable to the Christian County Board. The funds will be used for the purpose of payroll and employer related expenses due to extending a temporary employee to aid the Christian County Administrative Assistant to the County Board HR through December 2022.
County Board member Mike Specha gave a detailed map of where the ARPA funds have gone. He also made the recommendation to come up with a more detailed plan of divvying up the grants.
“Right now we are operating on a first come first considered basis.” said Specha. “I just want to feel like we are all fully informed.”
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, a definition which includes Christian County.
The Christian County Courthouse boiler will be purchased for an amount of $48, 675. The funds will be pulled from Capital Improvement.
Repairs for the Solid Waste office will be paid for through the use of Contingency Funds. The repairs include roof and building renovations.
Elizabeth Hile gave the committee updates on the Work Comp Audit.
Finally the committee held the budget hearings which included the offices of the Christian County Coroner, Public Defender, Probation, Building and Grounds and the Senior Citizen budget.
The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
The Audit, Finance and Purchasing committee will meet again tonight (Sept. 15) for more budget hearing discussion. The meeting will begin at 5:30 at the Courthouse.