County seeks grant for BK Edwards expansion

By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress Times

Webster County is applying for a grant that would add nearly 20 jobs at a local manufacturer.

The Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 15 to enter into an agreement between the county and BK Edwards Fabrication & Welding on Jackson Road in Cumberland to apply for the Development Infrastructure Grant Program.

The DIP grant is available to fund publicly owned infrastructures and can be used to assist with the location or expansion of businesses, and for the creation of employment for 18 additional workers at $15,000 per job. BK Edwards is to invest a requested amount and the county is to match 10 percent.

The president of the board was authorized to sign a memorandum of agreement on behalf of the county.
In other business last week, the board met in executive session to discuss upcoming litigation matters regarding the continuing courthouse insurance claim issue.

Additionally, the board accepted a Justice Assistance Grant of $3,800 for the sheriff’s office and authorized the president of the board to sign on behalf of the county.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors will have its next meeting on Sept. 30 at the boardroom in the Doss Building at 8:30 a.m.