On Aug. 17, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $14 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for government entities in western Kentucky. Included in those governments is the City of Benton which will receive $226,890 to use for public radio announcements, sneeze guards, tele-work supplies, emergency sick leave for employees and police payroll.

“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” Beshear said in a press release. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping Kentuckians safe.”

Benton Mayor Rita Dotson told council members at the Aug. 17 council meeting the initial application for the city was for $321,350.

The council also heard the monthly police report from Police Chief Stephen Sanderson. During the month of July, the Benton Police Department:

• Answered 927 calls for service

• Responded to 21 collisions

• Issued 32 citations including 16 traffic citations and 16 criminal citations

• And opened 17 new cases

In other business the council:

• Held a second reading on Ordinance 16-12-02, creating a three person board to enforce personal property nuisances.

• Discussed the status of USDA loan/grant to replace seven miles of waterlines on Symsonia Highway. The city will be responsible for 80% of the total project cost which is projected to be about $3 million.