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Judge: Salt River Electric’s zero-interest loan to help amphitheater project

Magistrates Sam Hutchins, left, and Keith Metcalfe discuss a matter during Tuesday’s Nelson Fiscal Court meeting.

 

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 — Nelson Fiscal Court will seek a zero interest loan from Salt River Electric to cover some of the costs of the Stephen Foster amphitheater renovation project.

Judge Executive Dean Watts said the $330,000 loan is intended to cover the immediate costs while the pledges are collected over the next two or three years.

Watts said there are sufficient pledges to cover the project, and will be used to pay back the Salt River loan as those pledges are paid.

The county road department trucks are assisting the project by hauling debris from the site, he told the court.

Magistrate Keith Metcalfe reviews a document during Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.

The Salt River loan will be secured by some of the county’s property, Watts explained. He said he expects the loan to be ready for fiscal court’s review at the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

WOODLAWN ROAD OPEN. The culvert replacement project on Woodlawn Road has been completed and roadway is open. The project area remains covered in rock for the meantime, County Road Engineer Brad Spalding told the court. The rock needs traffic on it in order for the rock to settle prior to paving, he explained.

JAIL GENERATOR. Watts said Nelson Fiscal Court will need to seek quotes for a generator to replace the existing one at the Nelson County Jail. The plan is to replace the existing generator with a larger one that will handle the electricity needs of the entire jail.

NEW RECREATION DIRECTOR. Watts introduced Bryce Greer to the court as the county’s new recreation director. Greer gave the court an update on ongoing projects at Dean Watts Park.

NEEDLE EXCHANGE UPDATE. Watts confirmed that a representative from the Lincoln Trail Health Department will attend the next Fiscal Court meeting and provide an update on the needle exchange program, as well as the benefits it provides in the community.

NEXT UP. Nelson Fiscal Court will next meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

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