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November 26, 2013

New industrial park could be developed in Laurel County

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

A new industrial park could be developed in Laurel County with the help of the fiscal court.

A unanimous vote during Thursday’s Laurel County Fiscal Court meeting approved the offer of Community Development Block Grant money to be used for a low-interest loan to the London/Laurel County Industrial Authority to purchase the land for the park.

Magistrates will be informed of the exact amount of the loan and the interest rate at an upcoming meeting. It is expected the loan amount would be $275,000 to $300,000.

While 98 acres are available for purchase, the loan would be used to buy 45 of those acres at this time.

Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson asked the fiscal court to allow him to use valet parking while he attends a clerk’s conference in Louisville. Johnson said since his vehicle is larger, his only self-parking option would force him to leave his vehicle in an open gravel lot in the city.

Judge Executive David Westerfield recommended valet parking be allowed for all the county’s employees since he faced a similar problem.

A unanimous vote approved the valet parking allowance, as well as mileage reimbursement for a trip Johnson took to Frankfort.

The fiscal court voted to hire a replacement for a part-time maintenance employee who resigned. It was decided that Luke Moore should be hired for $10 an hour. He will work fewer than 99 hours monthly for the fiscal court and will clean the sheriff’s office.

The purchase of two trucks from the state for $13,000 was approved.

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