Commodity program in need of new home
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:00 AM
The commodity program for Carroll County residents in need of assistance is in need of a new home.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said the county's commodity program, which provides food to the community, will no longer be located at the Northern Kentucky Community Action Center in Carrollton each month. The organization decided to stop administering the program because of expenses related to overseeing the program, he said.
Tomlinson said he has been in contact with a few groups to find a new space to house the program.
"We don't want to lose our commodities for our residents of Carroll County," Tomlinson said.
Because of space issues, the commodities program may be housed at two separate locations beginning next month. The commodities program for seniors is expected to be housed at the Senior Citizen Center on Sixth Street in Carrollton.
No location has been identified for the regular commodities program for families and other residents, but Tomlinson has been discussing options with local churches.
The Brighton Center plans to oversee the program, and all other income requirements for the commodities program will remain the same.
"We really felt like it was important to keep (the program) here," Tomlinson said. "The bottom line is we don't want to lose those commodities."
Tomlinson hopes to have new locations and times identified by the beginning of November.
Also during the meeting, Tomlinson discussed upcoming road work in the county. Resurfacing of the state portion of Mill Creek Road should begin this week, he said.
Crews have already begun working on the edges of King's Ridge Road, and other improvement projects should begin soon to repair damage from additional traffic on the road during the closure of KY 36.
Repair work on Locust Road is expected to begin soon as well as widening the road in places and for resurfacing.
The resurfacing project on Dividing Ridge Road should take place in November, weather permitting, Tomlinson said.
In other business:
A firm has begun work on the design portion of a new Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton. Tomlinson hopes to have completed plans to present to the Kentucky General Assembly in January.
"We've probably got as good a chance as we've ever had," he said.
Magistrate Mark Bates asked about the no passing zone on KY 227 near KY 1112. He said the no passing zone ends before KY 1112, creating issues when people try to pass on KY 227.
Bates said there have been quite a few close calls and would like for the state to extend the no passing zone in that area.