By GOOSE LINDSAY
As part of the state’s 2020-21 fiscal budget, Morgan County was awarded more than $1 million dollars in additional funds, and Morgan County Executive Brian Langley, Executive Assistant Bret Pallotta and Morgan County Director of Finance Crystal Garrett have worked with several departments to come up with a list of needs as to how that money will be spent.
“We’ve got a lot of needs across the board,” Langley said. “We’ve looked at all the departments and we compiled a rough list right off the get-go of things we for sure need.”
One of the biggest needs is installing a new heat-and-air system at Morgan County Courthouse. There is currently no air conditioning in the courthouse and the heat system has failed several times over the past few years when temperatures reach their coldest during winter months.
The funds will also be used to replace heat-and-air units at Morgan County Courthouse Annex as well.
The courthouse and annex will also see roof repairs and exterior work through additional state funding.
The courthouse and annex are not the only areas that will benefit from the additional funds.
“The sheriff’s department is needing four new vehicles and they’ve got a records management system that needs to be updated,” Langley said.
“We applied for a grant for two ambulances (for EMS) through the town of Oakdale and that’s $60,000 right there.
“The solid was department, I know (Morgan County Solid Waste Director) Keith Kilby needs some equipment and we’ll be able to get his equipment updated.
“Recycling, we’re getting them a couple of trailers and a building to cover their cardboard so we can get more cash when we get those recyclables turned in.”
Langley is hoping to do some other projects as well.
The funds will be made available by the state by July 31.