Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford told the Sharp County Quorum Court at its Sept. 9 meeting he has applied for a $22,500 grant to conduct a feasibility study of extending natural gas into the northern part of the county.
Crawford said new federal grant money would be available Oct. 1 and the county hopes to tap into it in order to conduct a study regarding natural gas. Currently natural gas is only available only as far north as approximately three miles south of Evening Shade.
Crawford announced the county had received $12,226 to be used to purchase larvicide for mosquito abatement and the West Nile virus. The court approved a resolution that would distribute the grant money to cities within the county.
Crawford said a formula of dividing the grant money by the total population in the county, and then multiplying that figure by the population within the cities was used to determine the amounts given to each city.
The remaining money will be used in the county.
The amounts received by each city are: Ash Flat, $698.16; Cherokee Village, $2,743 (based on Sharp County population only); Cave City, $1,390.61; Evening Shade, $332.29; Hardy, $413.04; Highland, 704.60; Sidney, 196.52; and Williford, $45.02.
James Tanner with the county health office said Sharp hasn't had any confirmed cases of the virus; however the county has not received all of the test results from birds sent to be tested.
According to Sharp County Treasurer Norman Girtman's report, the county ended the month of August with $35,283 in county general and $368,436 in the road fund. Sharp has received $193,726 in local taxes to date, with $394,274 anticipated for the year.
Sales tax revenue is down $13,509 from this time last year and $22,739 from this time in 2000.