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Fiscal court meets

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County fiscal court held a regular session on Monday, and officials handled several financial matters and reflected on how recent work has been a success through daunting spring weather.

“We have had two significant rains since Grundy Home Road bridge has been open and it hasn’t been closed either time,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles of the bridge that opened in March. “As you all know, it was closed before we got it opened to the public because it flooded.”

Kevin Devine, director of emergency management, said he recently stopped by the bridge in the midst of a downpour and saw that it was already paying dividends.

“I went down there on Friday, and the old bridge would have definitely been closed,” Devine said. “It was two feet away from the bottom of the bridge then. It was open and passable, and wouldn’t have been before the new bridge.”

The court also addressed a water line easement request on Scott Lane. The request asked to run a water line on county easement for roughly 265 feet to reach a residence at the end of the county-maintained road.

The magistrates and Settles agreed to the easement under the conditions that the residents be responsible for repairing any damage to the line, as well as post a $5,000 bond in case the county were to need to make any blacktop repairs.

Fiscal court received a reimbursement check for the resurfacing of Lick Skillet Road for $33,170. Settles also announced that he’d been made aware that emergency funding for the Valley Hill Road bridge, which was completed earlier this year, would soon be coming back to the county in the neighborhood of $25,000 to $30,000.

Two separate sets of quotes were analyzed on Monday as well. Three quotes for piece of mowing equipment were heard, as well as three bids for the blacktop sealing of the parking lot behind the judge’s office.

Big 3 Tractor in Bloomfield, Lawson Tractor in Lebanon and Greenline Implement in Springfield provided quotes for a 10-foot bush hog, with the Greenline, a John Deere dealer, bid being accepted by the court. Their bid of $12,945 was second among the bids in cost, but magistrates cited the dealership’s proximity and the benefits of local service, accessible parts and shorter delivery time in their decision.

Blacktop sealing bids came from R.L. Harrison Paving in Bardstown, Kays Seal Coating in Springfield and M&K asphalt sealing in Danville.
M&K was awarded the bid—$740 for initial sealing, $28 for handicap painting and $250 for an optional second coat—pending verification of insurance and licensing.

Solid Waste Coordinator Brad Langford reported that the department’s dodge pick-up truck had been totaled in an accident, but that the county’s driver was unhurt and was not responsible for the damage. He also acknowledged that the responsible party was insured and that the department has been compensated for the vehicle.

Also, excess sheriff fees from 2012 were accepted by the court in the amount of $7,386.92. The meeting was preceded by a public hearing for requests for the spending of road aid and Local Government Energy Audit (LGEA) funds. No requests were made.

Settles noted road work that the state is doing locally as well. The widening of US-150 in Fredericktown got underway on Monday, and delays should be expected. Road work also began on the Bluegrass Parkway this week, and commuters can expect to see two-lane traffic on parts of the highway throughout the year. Also, the Fairview bridge is scheduled to be torn down on May 20 at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. The area will be closed during that time.

All magistrates were in attendance. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m.

Dates of note:
May 16-18 - Tire amnesty program
May 21 - Planning commission meeting (6:30 p.m.)
May 25 - Willisburg Memorial Festival
June 7 - Main Street merchants extended hours begin
June 29 - Spring clean up drop-off ends