Sharp County is expecting more than $260,000 from the state and federal governments for storm damage to county property, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said.
At the June 9 Sharp County Quorum Court meeting, Brown told JPs the county received $35,000 from FEMA and the state for tornado damage. The county is still owed a total of $3,300 by the groups for the damage, he said.
In addition, Brown said the county has documentation that the groups still owe the county approximately $260,000 from flooding and other storm damage that occurred after the tornado. The estimate includes the cost of repairs made through April 30. That figure will probably increase as more repairs are made, he said.
FEMA is expected to spend time working with the county this week.
The additional money is desperately needed. Brown said the county road department has used 70 percent of the yearly fuel budget thus far.
Brown said the last load of fuel the county received was $11,000 more than a load at the same time last year. Because of the continued increase in the cost of fuel, Brown said the county may be limited on what repairs the road department can make.
"If we don't run out of fuel money we're going to do some good," he said.
The county is currently leasing a screening plant to sift rock from road material. The plant lacks a conveyer system leading to a great deal of man hours used manually moving material, Brown said.
Road Department Superintendent Dan Melbourne looked at a larger plant with a conveyor and tracks. The county is trading its smaller plant for the larger one in the coming days, Brown said. It should lead to more efficiency, he said.
Sheriff Dale Weaver thanked all local fire departments for their assistance in the search for Nathaniel Barnett who drowned June 7 while swimming with friends in the Strawberry River near Poughkeepsie.
JP Roger Stark, who is a Cherokee Village firefighter, said some firefighters stayed all night searching for the young boy and aiding anyway they could.
Brown said the county is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who sometimes even pay for their own training in hopes of aiding the public.
"If we had to pay for everything we get from volunteers in this county we couldn't afford it. We're very fortunate," Brown said.
The court approved an ordinance increasing the sheriff's office budget by $2,156.25. The increase reflects funds received from insurance for engine damage on a county vehicle.
Brown said tax collections are close to what they would be regularly.
Weaver said the county is continuing to look for a used vent-a-hood for the kitchen at the jail.