County road work nearly completed

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By Jimmie Earls

Most of the repair work on FEMA-approved road slide projects has been completed, according to Washington County Road Supervisor Albert Wimsatt. That is music to the ears of many students and parents who were inconvenienced by the re-routing of two school bus routes along Hardesty Road. The work was completed by King Crete Drilling, owned by Gary King of Beattyville, Ky.

“The pile driving on Hardesty Road, Haydon Bros. Road and Trent Lane by Mr. King has been completed, and it really looks good,” said Wimsatt. “He’s letting the ground settle before he resurfaces the road. He said when it settles enough, he’ll come back and blacktop. We took care of Coulter Lane and we will resurface that road when it settles some.”

Wimsatt added that work on the Maker’s Mark Bridge is progressing, and another project on Mayfield Lane has been completed. All of the chip and seal work in the county is finished and the road crew is currently doing a second round of bushhogging.

In other county news

One bid was received of $16,500 from Lebanon Machine Shop to retrofit a county dump truck to comply with regulations regarding dead animal pickup. The county is looking to negotiate the price of the work.

“We have one bid for modification of the truck we have,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles. “They would extend the frame, fabricate a bed with 84-inch tall sides, install a double-acting hoist assembly and install a new wench. We need to move on this if we hope to have this up and going by the first of October.”

Settles said the county shopped around for a used truck that meets the requirements, but none were available.

“The only company that had any were Nation Brothers, and they were bought up by the company that we’re working with now,” added Settles.

“You cannot find a dead animal removal truck anywhere,” Wimsatt said. “I looked in every truck book. I guess everybody that has one is holding on to them.”

Magistrate Morris Sweazy motioned to approve negotiations with Lebanon Machine Shop to retrofit the county dump truck for the county’s dead animal removal program. Magistrate Billy Riney seconded the motion and the court unanimously voted in favor.

The county awarded a contract to Hawk Construction to replace the roof on the senior citizens center with 30-year dimensional shingles. The original bid came in at $7,880.56 for 25-year three-tab shingles. Hawk Construction’s owner, Joe B. Smith, said he could do the roof with 30-year dimensional shingles for an additional $500, making his total bid $8,380.56. The next highest bid was $10,479 from A&M Construction. Settles said Hawk Construction should get to the job in the first or second week of October.

Settles gave the court an update on the air quality testing conducted at the Pinkston Building currently used as the PVA office.

“We got approval to bring a testing company in, and they indicated that they would like to have the walls, drywall and the wood removed from the front portion of the PVA office,” Settles said. “It has to be done by someone who can control the environment so no mold spores can travel throughout the building. The company that did the testing suggested the removal take place during the night or on a weekend. So today I am asking the court for approval to put this project out for bid.”

Riney motioned to let the project for mold remediation out for bid, with a second by magistrate Terry Tingle. The court voted unanimously to approve.

Settles told the court the moisture barrier on the outside brick may need to be reapplied.

“That old brick is so porous, and we had a moisture barrier put on, but that was over four years ago, and that’s about the normal life of that. It’s about time to do it again,” he said.

• Ramona Moore with the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA presented a report to the court on what the YMCA has done since January. She said 43 Washington County children were part of a group of 200 kids who were given swimming lessons at Centre College in Danville. She also said the YMCA spring youth soccer league was a big success. Magistrate Hal Goode said th he would like to see more activities centered around the YMCA’s office in Mackville, even if on a part-time basis during the week. Magistrate Billy Riney told the court that he would like the YMCA’s annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition to continue. Moore said that she was out for the month of August and had not planned for the competition and that it would have to be ready to go by Sept. 24. She then asked the court to approve the second fiscal grant payment of $3,500 to the YMCA. Riney motioned to approve the payment, with a second by Goode. The court voted unanimously to approve the payment.

• The court approved a motion to declare 15 Shouptronic 1242 voting machines as surplus property.

• To avoid scheduling conflicts with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the court voted unanimously to set the second fiscal court meetings in November and December to the 22nd day of each of those months.