Daviess Co. Fiscal Court votes to establish relief fund for bars, restaurants

Daviess Co. Fiscal Court votes to establish relief fund for bars, restaurants

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Daviess County Fiscal Court established a relief fund for struggling county bars and restaurants during its meeting Thursday.

The vote to establish the fund was unanimous, and businesses will have to meet certain criteria to qualify for funding.

The money is expected to come from the Daviess County Economic Development Fund, and officials will not pull more than $250,000.

According to the county website, businesses can receive a grant of $5,000, but no more than $10,000.

The fund is welcome news for restaurant managers like Sam Aull, general manager of Legends Sports Bar and Grill.

“I think it’s impacted us a lot, I think a lot of businesses,” Aull said. “We’ve unfortunately had to lay off a bunch of staff both times. I think that it’s hurt a lot of families.”

Judge-Executive Al Mattingly said during the meeting there are no restrictions on how each business uses the money.

“And I would say that this as much economic development,” Mattingly said. “And while it may not be job creation, it certainly is all about job retention.”

More information about the fund is expected to be on the county’s official Facebook page Friday morning.

The state of Kentucky also has its own multimillion-dollar bar and restaurant relief fund.

Court members also looked at the merger of two water districts and the relocation of a confederate monument.

Before Thursday’s meeting, the court heard public input in merging the Southeast Daviess County Water District and the West Daviess County Water District.

Officials say the merger could help decrease costs and make things more efficient.

Meanwhile, the court also looked at the issue concerning the confederate monument. On the agenda, the monument relocation committee is set to make a recommendation regarding the new location of the statue.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Thursday’s meeting was online and closed to the public.

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