Funds from the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment will help pay for a United States Enrichment Corporation employee who will work with Paducah Economic Development officials to help save jobs at the city’s gaseous diffusion plant. The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted last night to accept the $75,000 to pay travel and other expenses over the next year for USEC employee Charlie Martin. McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says USEC will continue to pay Martin’s salary while he researches ways to keep local people working at the plant.
“Is there really anyone whose main purpose is to make sure that that plant’s jobs stay here and that it be re-industrialized in a way that helps the community, and the answer is no, no one until Mr. Martin has come on board,” Newberry says.
At last night’s meeting, the court also approved hiring Crystal George to serve as McCracken County’s Animal Control Director.