Mounce sounded firmly optimistic in the area’s tourism outlook, especially with several new restaurants, including Texas Roadhouse and Steak n’ Shake, moving into the area.
In a related discussion, the county reached out and helped one local club fund an upcoming quail hunt catered specifically to a group of soldiers through a Ft. Knox-based program that helps returning military personnel transition back into civilian life.
Jimmy Fischer, member of the Fishing Creek Bird Dog Club, is spearheading a campaign to bring members of the Soldier Adaptive Reconditioning Program (SARP) to Pulaski County for a quail hunt at Mike Branscum’s farm.
Fischer said they came up with the idea while quail hunting themselves, and decided to reach out to the Ft. Knox program, which helps wounded and disabled soldiers transition back to life at home through a number of activities including cycling, aquatic basketball, wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball, spinning, yoga, pilates, and more.
Fischer said they’re planning on bringing 10 SARP members on the hunt, but he said there are around 40 more waiting in the wings. Fischer said each hunt costs around $2,000 and asked that the court help fund a future hunt, as the first has already been funded and is set for Nov. 1.
“Anything fiscal court can do to help us out we would greatly appreciate it,” Fischer said.
The court unanimously voted to fund another hunt and offered Fischer $2,000.
“I think it’s a great service you’re doing,” said Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock.
The magistrates agr-eed.
“I’m all about doing anything for the veterans as long as it benefits the county,” said 4th District Magistrate Glenn Max-ey.
In other news from Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting:
• Mounce asked that the court approve an ordinance that will help the convention and visitors bureau realign itself back with Kentucky state statutes that have been changed and modified over the past several years. The court approved the request.