By Carl Keith Greene/Staff Writer
Lawrence Kuhl, departing Laurel County Judge/Executive, did much for the county in the past eight years.
That included the county roads program. Before Kuhl was elected for his first term, a Laurel County grand jury had criticized the way the previous court had spent county tax money on private roads.
When Kuhl took over the office, he indexed and registered all the county roads.
He established a transparent procedure for accepting county roads into the road system. That procedure requires a three-person review and a public hearing.
He established a written purchase order procedure for buying things for the county.
Kuhl established a written complaint procedure for any citizen to bring a problem or matter before the judge/executive and he has responded to every single complaint.
He originated the committee system for magistrates and rotated them from committee to committee. On the fiscal court meeting agenda, he listed every magistrate and committee and gave each a chance to comment on what the committee has done or is doing.
He established a wellness education program for county employees which slowed the increase in the county’s health insurance premiums.
The state auditor had complained for years about the jail’s overcrowding. Kuhl bought a large part of land behind the existing jail that is intended to be the site of a new detention center.
The future expansion of the jail satisfied the auditors.
Kuhl and Magistrate Tom Baker of the second district saw to it that a one-lane bridge to cross the Laurel River at Lily was taken away and replaced with a two-lane bridge that is near completion as both Baker and Kuhl leave the court.
He also built a new bridge over White Oak Creek west of London.
By Carl Keith Greene/Staff Writer
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