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Carroll County streetscape work, renovations continue
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:00 AM
Crews are moving forward with streetscape work and other renovations around the Carroll County Courthouse, while other projects continue on rural highways and the interstate.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson updated magistrates on the work to the eaves of the Courthouse building replaced by Nixon Construction of Carrollton.
"It was just about to come apart," Tomlinson said. "I think what's been done looks good."
Painting remains to be completed, but crews are hesitant to drive across the new sidewalks with a lift to reach the eaves.
Crews also are working inside the building to update the lighting for energy efficiency. Other crews continue to paint offices in the Courthouse.
The streetscape project also continues with landscapers expected within the next few days.
"They're going to be digging the whole thing up and reseeding," Tomlinson said of the Courthouse lawn.
He also discussed the need to limit groups and activities on the lawn following the seeding. The farmers' market already had planned to move to a different location.
"I just think that's the wise decision to make for now," Tomlinson said.
Several people have been complimenting the changes - specifically the sign now installed on the lawn, Tomlinson said.
Other construction projects are still expected to begin soon at area parks, including the swimming pool and ballfield projects at the county park and roof work on buildings at the former Camp KYSOC.
Other road projects continue, weather permitting. The county waits on design and bid documents to put the bridge project on Buffalo Road out to bid.
The repaving project on Interstate 71 should be completed in June, Tomlinson said, and the recent delays with traffic may increase as the weather improves.
The bridge over Locust Creek on KY 36 should also be completed in June, weather permitting. Detours will remain in place until the roadway reopens later this year.
Tomlinson also gave an update on House Bill 1, which will require special taxing districts to present their budgets to Fiscal Courts. The legislation will allow for more transparency in the special taxing districts, county attorney Nick Marsh said.
Entities including the library board, fire districts, tourism commission, sewer districts and health departments will submit their budgets to a publicly-accessible online registry.
"It looks like you have oversight, but you really don't," Marsh told magistrates.
The new legislation won't go into effect until January 2014.
"We don't approve anything," Tomlinson said. "We just listen to them present."
In other business:
Carroll County plans to participate in an internship program again this summer, Tomlinson said. The county will begin to accept applications at a later date.
The internship program will be available to anyone ages 17 to 21 for 12 weeks. Interns must have a GED or diploma and be income eligible. Positions pay $9 per hour.
"These are pretty good programs," Tomlinson said. "We've really utilized them."
A job fair expo will be held at the former Camp KYSOC on May 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. with several local industries participating.
The county plans to bid out a project to refurbish one of the ambulances. The county has received nearly $21,000 in grants for the project.
Steven Turner, general manager with Kentucky Utilities Ghent Generating Station, presented a $1,724 check to the Fiscal Court for the purchase of a commercial ice machine for the former Camp KYSOC earlier this week.
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