NEW LEXINGTON—With only two appointments on their Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 agenda, the Perry County commissioners’ first meeting of the new year was over by 9:45 a.m.

David Couch, superintendent of Perry County Developmental Disabilities (PCDD) and Caley Boyden, PCDD Finance Director, were the first scheduled to address the commissioners. Couch was unable to attend due to a personal issue, but Boyden continued with the presentation.

Boyden reported that PCDD’s new building will be completed by Jan. 22 and PCDD will begin moving into their new facility on Jan. 27 and 28. She estimated that moving from four different buildings into the new facility with modern heating and cooling systems will save the county nearly $140,000 per year.

The original estimate for the cost of the building was $1.775 million. Boyden reported that the actual cost was going to be $1.85 million. She brought a resolution for a bond of $1.9 million to the commissioners for consideration. The bond was for 10 years. Considering the amount of money saved per year by the new facility, the bond would be more than paid in that 10-year span. The commissioners passed the resolution unanimously with Ben Carpenter calling the new PCDD building “a great asset to the county.”

Next on the agenda was a “meet and greet” with Perry County’s new clerk of courts, Wes Harlen. Accompanied by his deputy clerk, Patty Gray, Harlen admitted to being “a little nervous” on his first day of the job, but praised the great staff that made the transition very easy for him.

Following the introduction of Harlen as the new Clerk of Courts, the meeting was adjourned.

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