TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

October 25, 2013

Laurel Fiscal Court approves support for expansion project

By Jeff Noble
The Times-Tribune

LAUREL COUNTY — A letter and a signature from the Fiscal Court hope to play a pivotal role in bringing some more jobs to Laurel County.

The letter comes from court members, with Judge-Executive David Westerfield’s signature on it, and was requested by the London-Laurel Industrial Development Authority.

The industrial development authority, in turn, will use the letter as a sign of support for ABC Automotive Group’s planned expansion project in London.

Westerfield brought up the letter during the Laurel Fiscal Court’s regular meeting Thursday. He told those at the session the expansion project would be in the industrial authority’s Vaughn Ridge Industrial Park on Route 80 West, and would bring 100 new jobs to the county.

A motion was made to authorize Westerfield’s signature on the letter of support, which was unanimously approved.

During the brief meeting, the court approved the 2014 budget and order, setting the maximum salaries for deputies in the Sheriff’s Department. County Clerk Dean Johnson said the budget was the same as last year. In addition, they approved was audit for the Sheriff’s Office for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012.

Approval was also given for the court to purchase a new Caterpillar model 360El excavator with a hydraulic funnel attachment and hammer. Westerfield noted the excavator would be bought under the lease-purchase program, with the old one being traded in. In addition, County Treasurer Karen Montgomery would contact the state about the purchase.

Court members gave first approval to add Logan Lane in District 1, Avawam Lane in District 3, Twin Trails Road in District 4, and Corvette Drive in District 5 to the county road system. They also agreed to appoint a committee to put the Chips Lane and Les Hubbard Road Extensions into the county road system as well. Both extensions are located in District 5.

Approval was made to re-appoint Dennis Minton as a Commissioner in the East Laurel Water District. The bylaws of the Kentucky Hazardous Materials Response Team was also approved, as was the Laurel County Water Location and Recovery Plan.

Two more approvals included the county’s Point of Destination Operations Guide, and the Laurel County Emergency Operations Plan.

The financial statement for September was approved. It showed $900,854.95 in the county’s Road Fund, and a total of $545,153.58 in the General Fund. The minutes for the court’s previous meetings were also approved.

Westerfield reminded those in attendance this year’s Veterans’ Parade in London would be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. It would start in front of the Laurel County Courthouse on Main Street in London, and invited everyone to attend and show support to the county’s veterans.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next month, the Fiscal Court’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.