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County to receive $826,000 for rural roads from state

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By Jesse Osbourne

Two roads in Washington County were singled out for resurfacing during Friday’s regular scheduled fiscal court meeting.
Patty Dunaway, a representative with the Kentucky Rural Secondary Roads program, spoke to the court about the 2011-12 rural secondary road program recommendations for road work in Washington County.
“The first priority is always routine maintenance and traffic on these roadways. We estimate that cost $408,500,” she said. “The second priority is the same for all 120 counties and that’s the county judge-executive expense set at $3,862.”
After those expenses are paid, Dunaway recommended two resurfacing projects.
“The first one is on KY 1183, beginning half a mile west of KY 1030, and extending over to the intersection of KY 152, a distance of just over three miles,” she said.
 The estimated cost for that project is $218,000.
“The second resurfacing project is on KY 433, beginning at the intersection of KY 152 and extending up .795 miles north of Whitehall Rd.,” she said. “For a distance of just over two-and-a-half miles.”
The estimated cost is $165,000 for that project.
Washington County’s total allotment for projects is $795,362 for 106.455 rural road miles.
The leftover funds will go towards general maintenance along the rural second roads.
“We’ve got a little bit of funds there that we’ll look to do some patching, and different things with that funding,” Dunaway said.
In other news at the fiscal court meeting:
• The court voted to approve to release the second installment of $3,500 to the YMCA after a report was given by representatives from the YMCA.
• The solid waste committee strongly recommended to the court that they stop accepting  glass for recycling because “glass has become very costly to accept” and solid waste is “losing money on disposal costs” due to “no market in the central part of the United States.” After deliberation, the court encouraged solid waste director George Ann Palmer to spend one more month looking for a market for recycled glass.
• Palmer also sought permission to apply for a grant for $77,206.35 for equipment at the transfer station. The court granted permission to apply for the grant.
• During the Feb. 14 fiscal court meeting, the county took action to give the deed for the property that housed the workshop for the Washington County Mentally Handicapped back to the organization. The original deed had a clause that stated if the building ever ceased to be used as a workshop it would be reverted back to the county. With the county giving the deed to the organization, they will now be able to use the funds from the sale of that building to do renovations on the new building.
• Also at the Feb. 14 meeting, after inquiries from magistrate Benjamin Settles, the county chose to pursue getting paid for scrap metal on surplus items. The county collected $23,756.15 from scrap metal.
• Finally, in the Feb. 14 meeting, Kevin Morris was hired as a full-time medic.