Christian Fiscal Court received several doses of good news at its first meeting in the month of May.
Bids on the addition to the Christian County Animal Shelter came in significantly lower than they did the first time the project was bid out—with Westerfield Construction submitting the lowest at 193 thousand dollars. The bid was approved and Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says meeting with interested contractors for “value engineering” helped the county reduce costs.
The addition will add more room for kennels and will create a new concrete walkway outside where residents can meet their potential new pet in clean and controlled environment.
Fiscal Court also learned the county's insurance costs will only go up by less than one percent in the coming fiscal year. The county is mostly self-insured and Agent Mack Major says claims have remained flat—allowing the cost of the “safety net” insurance from Anthem to remain fairly stagnant.
Costs and benefits to county employees will remain exactly the same in the coming year.
Court also heard from the Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Cheryl Cook, who says tourism numbers continue to be encouraging locally—thanks in large part to consistent activity at Tie Breaker Park that brings families to town for softball tournaments.