Carroll Courthouse projects continuing
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:00 AM
A few construction projects continue around Carroll County as colder weather begins to bring a halt to other planned projects for 2012.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson told magistrates during a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday that the heating and cooling project at the Carroll County Courthouse continues as workers get all systems installed and running.
The west side of the first floor of the Courthouse has heat, Tomlinson said, which has helped the entire building with the low temperatures. Heating has been restored to the county clerk's office, while the rest of the building continues to use portable heating units in offices.
"They did bring one zone up," Tomlinson said.
Workers also plan to fill vent spaces used by the old system because of the amount of cold air coming into the spaces.
The electrical project at the Courthouse continues as well, Tomlinson said. The Courthouse will need to fully shut down and back up computers at a future date to allow the electrical systems to be switched.
Construction work on local roads continues while the weather remains warm enough to allow crews to make repairs.
"It continues," Tomlinson said. "You've seen it on the interstate."
The interstate work will continue with lane closures at night during the weekdays for the pavement and resurfacing project. Lane closures take place from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. each day and weekends from 7 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Monday.
Asphalt resurfacing on KY 55 has been completed, Tomlinson told magistrates, but reconstruction at the railroad crossing on KY 47 might be on hold until spring.
Phone lines near the crossing and the work site had not been moved as construction workers were first told.
"I think they're going to wind up pushing that off," Tomlinson said of the project.
In other business:
Magistrates approved Bobby Giles and Terry Cauley to serve on the Carroll County Extension Council for another three-year term, which will begin in January.
Magistrates approved a switch in the county employees' health insurance from Anthem to United Healthcare for 2013. The county will sign a three-year contract with the health insurance provider.
Tomlinson and magistrates discussed the importance of the Jefferson Community and Technical College to the Carroll County area.
Community colleges prepare new workers for the work force during a time when the number of retirees is expected in increase in the next few years, he said, which is important to the area's industry.
"I think we need to keep it out there in front of them," Tomlinson said of state and national officials.
The Fiscal Court held an executive session during the meeting. No action was taken.