By Becky Killian, Editor
Laurel County is slated to get about $2.1 million in road repairs.
A representative of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet delivered the proposed 2013-2014 Laurel County Rural Secondary roads plan to the Laurel County Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday.
The plan includes $397,603 in Flex Funds, which can be used for road projects proposed by the county.
The fiscal court voted to accept the plan as proposed.
The fiscal court agreed to purchase a used 2007 GMC truck for $15,700 for the animal shelter.
Prior to the vote, Judge/Executive David Westerfield said the search for a truck had been ongoing for some time and that the one he recommended for purchase was locally owned.
“I think it’s a great deal for us,” Westerfield said.
The vote in favor of the purchase was unanimous.
A four-to-two majority vote authorized Westerfield to research whether it would be more cost effective for the county to purchase or lease a road patcher.
Those voting “no” were magistrates Roy Crawford and Teddy Benge, with Benge saying his “no” vote was because the fiscal court already voted last month to purchase the piece of equipment. Westerfield and Magistrate Jeff Book explained that day’s vote allows Westerfield to look into a lease since the $64,000 bid prompted the county’s finance committee to want to explore that option.
Laurel Jailer Jamie Mosley presented the court with a bid for $119,048 for a chiller unit needed for the jail’s air conditioning system.
Mosley said he sought bids prior to the cooling season to allow for any time needed for part assembly and installation.
Benge said he would like to see more bids to ensure the county gets the best deal available. He made a motion to reject the bid to see if the county could get a better deal. His motion died for a lack of second.
Book, who said Mosley had done adequate research on the project and that the funds were available for the chiller unit, made a motion to accept the bid. His motion was seconded by Magistrate Roy Crawford and all voted “yes” except for Benge.
Although Mosley said the request for bids prompted several inquiries, Westerfield said most of the callers did not have the certification needed to work on the particular type of chiller unit at the jail.
Mosley thanked the fiscal court for its commitment to making needed repairs to the jail, saying it has helped the jail generate revenue because of the money it receives from housing inmates from McCreary and Knox counties. He added if the jail’s air conditioning wasn’t functioning properly by June or July, the state could reduce the number of inmates housed at the facility.
The fiscal court also had its first reading of a proposed ordinance that would regulate the placement of wireless communication towers. The ordinance, which is subject to change before a final reading and vote, aims to minimize any potential negative impact of wireless communication towers by establishing a “comprehensive wireless telecommunications facilities application and permit process.”
The ordinance would go into effect after a second reading and majority vote, with the second reading tentatively scheduled for the next regular fiscal court meeting.
Other business included:
*The renewal of existing interlocal recycling agreements with the cities of Manchester, London and Rockcastle County.
*The approval of an agreement between Laurel County and Bloodhound Search and Rescue of Kentucky, indicating the county will use the free services offered by that group those times when a hound is needed to search for a missing person. Westerfield said the rescue group would assume all liability associated with its search.