Tick Creek bridge project open for bids

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By Brandon Mattingly

A regular scheduled fiscal court meeting was held on Friday, and among the items discussed was the need to repair bridges on Logan Road and Tick Creek Road.

The court received a lone bid for repair on the Logan Road bridge, and it was accepted. Harrodsburg-based  Hornback Construction made a $5,920 bid, and has been approved to move forward with the repairs.
The county also accepted $211,000 in funds from the state transportation cabinet’s Rural Secondary Program for construction of a new Tick Creek Road bridge, and gave the go-ahead to advertise for bids on the bridge’s construction.
Solid Waste/Recycling
The county landfill will be open to the public free of charge for a four-month time frame from March 5 through June 30. On-site bins will be available for recyclable items.
Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling is applying for a state grant of more than $38,000. If they receive the grant, the money will be used to purchase a new forklift and gaylord containers, as well as advertising.
The recycling center officially filled a part-time position last week. Solid Waste Coordinator George Ann Palmer said the decision came down to two equally qualified candidates, but they elected to give the job to Danny Yates.
“We went through several applications, and it came down to two (applicants). It was a very tough decision,” she said.
Yates took over the new job on Monday.
Other news
The court agreed on a $39,000 contribution to the county’s rescue squads last week. The Mackville, Willisburg and Washington County rescue squads will each receive $13,000 of the contribution.
Washington County will receive funds from the state after many counties were forced to buy much more road salt last winter than in past years. Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the county will receive $7,100 as part of this measure.
“Last year, Gov. Beshear announced that he was going to try to help the counties out because everyone had spent so much money on salt over and above their normal expenditures,” he said.
Several pieces of equipment from the county’s road department have been classified as surplus property, and the county will look to sell the items to other counties, or independent purchasers.
“I’ll see if we get bids from any other county, but I’ll also take bids from anyone that would be interested in the equipment,” Settles said.
Washington County Emergency Medical Services reported to the court that they’ve received two new Project Lifesaver bracelets, giving them a total of four. Three more bracelets are on the way, and have been paid for by the Autism Society of the Bluegrass. The bracelets work as a tracking device for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and similar conditions.
EMT Sherri Willett started a 30-day leave of absence on Tuesday. Willett, who is moving to Florida to be with her husband, will have until March 1 to return to her position on the Washington County EMS before it is opened up to other applicants.
“I was hired about 14 years ago and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Willett said. “I’ve really enjoyed Washington County and feel like it’s my home.”