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Boone Co.: Grant for New Voting Machines, Golf Cart Community Considered

Boone County was awarded a grant valued at $553,100 to replace voting machines.

County Clerk Justin Crigler said that the county's voting machines are a decade old or older and in need of replacement.

He was expected to make a decision on a company from which to purchase new machines by the end of last week.

Judge/Executive Gary Moore said that the county usually pays for new machines on its own, so the grant was welcomed.

Meanwhile, Crigler explained his department's budget for the upcoming calendar year. It came in at $4.2 million, the same as last year. The clerk's office has 41 full- and part-time employees.

The fiscal court approved the clerk's budget.

In other business, the fiscal court listened to a first reading of an ordinance that would grant zoning map amendment for Burlington Baptist Church for a special sign district so that it can build a new sign.

The church hopes to build a 40-sq. ft. sign, larger than its current 32-sq. ft. sign.

The planning commission approved the request with conditions.

The fiscal court will make a decision on January 26.

A first reading of an ordinance allows golf carts on five streets within the Rivers Pointe development was held.  Judge Moore said that the developer reached out to the county  for permission because they want to build and advertise it as a golf cart community.

A second reading of an ordinance was held which amends the fiscal year budget to include the CARES act money, and money for the upgrade of the administration building to include offices and restrooms. Commissioners voted to approve the ordinance.

Commissioners also approved the recommendation to accept the bid of Century Construction in the amount of $248,135.10 for the renovation of the offices and restrooms at the administration building.

The bid for the property known as Maplewood Children's home was rejected by the commissioners because it was too far below the expected price.

Judge Moore announced that he was present at Boone Spring nursing home in Union as 124 of the 125 residents were given the Covid vaccine. One person decided not to take the vaccine.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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