County to seek engineering funds


Madison County Commissioners’ Court voted to seek fund for engineering services at it regular Monday meeting.

Mary Kay Thomas of GrantWorks said there are funds available for 2016 weather damage.

“You have things that were damaged — streets, bridges and drainage — this (money) will allow you to have an engineer on the projects,” Thomas said. “The county can apply for up to $2 million, and the county’s match is 1 percent.”

Madison County’s opportunity for funding is very great, she said.

“You can apply today to go on with the procurement of a consulting firm and an engineer,” she said.

The scope of work would be to identify any existing storm damage from events in 2016, which will determine how much money to seek, she said.

“I would take this opportunity to move forward,” she said. “It would mean the county would not have to use resources it did not want to.”

In other business, the county:

•proclaimed April 29-May 6 as Soil Stewardship Week in Madison County;

•designated the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month;

•renewed an agreement for Lexis Nexis for use at the Madison County Law Library;

•approved a lot split for Rhonda Kay Batson Casteel on land near Normangee; and

•approved a lot split for Joseph Martin and Shannon Jo Frederick on land at Concord Road in Madisonville.