Alexander hopes two years to address Trigg’s internet needs

Earlier this week, officials at Pennyrile Rural Electric, Hopkinsville Electric Systems and Energynet reported emergency news of more than $80 million in state funding heading to 35 counties seeking to improve fiber-optic and broadband Internet opportunities.

Seven of these grants were made to the PRECC/HES/Energynet cooperative, amounting to approximately $14 million needed for a $29 million project to reach the underprivileged in Christian, Trig, Todd, Caldwell and Lyon counties.

During a Trig County Financial Court meeting on Tuesday, Executive Judge Hollis Alexander took advantage of these announcements, in order to provide an update on where Cadiz and its surrounding areas are in the provisioning timeline.

So far, Alexander reminded the judges that Trigg County has contributed $2 million to this specific project.

The good news: Of the $14 million tied up in this direction, more than $1.9 million was directed to Trigg County — with a match coming from PRECC.

In a conversation this week with PRECC President and CEO Alan Gates, Alexander said the northeastern part of the county bordering Caldwell and Christian will be finished by November 2022, and the southeastern part of the county is likely to be completed no later than January. 2023.

Alexander added that he and several officials believed that more money would be allocated to a number of projects across the Commonwealth, and that those allocations would paint a more complete picture of the project’s timeline and skeleton.

Although Trigg County plays a small role in this broadband infrastructure and its success, Alexander said he was grateful to see this design begin to find legs. He said it was five years or so ago, when this talk of the Internet’s expansion first appeared on the area’s radar.

In other Court of Finance news:

– In what was billed as a complete success, Judge Mike Wright received a round of applause for the veteran “Homeland Heroes” banners found around town. Wright directed this commendation to officials in the city of Cadiz and Pineril Electric for sparking the vision, and conveyed that another round of banner orders could be placed on July 11 at Cadiz City Hall.

With over 120 banners in stock, the demand only continues to grow. Along with local media, Channel 5 from Nashville recently stopped in town to show the project.

The judges unanimously approved a quote for earthquake insurance renewals from Peel & Holland of Benton, totaling $37,500 for the following fiscal year. Alexander noted that approximately $22,000 of that price would eventually be returned by the Courts Administrative Office to the Judicial Center, but that same insurance 10 years ago was about half the cost. Trigg County’s proximity to the New Madrid fault line, combined with higher costs across all sectors, could be key.

This plan brings with it a $25,000 deductible and a maximum of $15 million. Another plan, up to a maximum of $5 million, was rejected by the schedule.

The judges also unanimously approved her annual contract of service with the Christian County Animal Shelter, which has long welcomed cats, dogs and other species into Trig County at a rapid rate. It went from $9,000 last year, to $12,500 this year, and Alexander once again described that costs for housing, adequate bedding, food and other animal needs have escalated rapidly in the past 12 months.

This payment requires Christian County to legally accept all animals booked by Dog Warden.

– As part of the June ledger, county contributions of $1,000 were delivered to all county fire departments. A $2,000 donation was made to the famous and upscale Camp of Cadiz. Another $2,500 was given to Helping Hands of Trigg County. The estimated $1,500 contribution to Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park is approximately 10% of the budget needed for the July 4 fireworks display.