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Carroll Courthouse projects near completion
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:00 AM
Several projects are nearing completion around the Carroll County Courthouse.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson told magistrates during a meeting Tuesday that some of the concrete sidewalk done during the streetscape project needs to be replaced. Railing around the Courthouse also needs to be fixed before the project is completed.
"When we pay what we pay for the concrete, we want it to look nice," Tomlinson said, noting crews already tried to clean the areas without luck. "There will be a little more work."
Some of the new landscape didn't survive the summer heat and needs to be replaced as well, he said. The replaced landscape items would still be under warranty if there are issues over winter.
The Park to Park Trails project continues on schedule, Tomlinson said. Crews have poured the hard-surface trail near the Sonic restaurant.
"It's going to look pretty nice, I think," he said.
Buffalo Creek Road reopened to traffic Monday after closing for a bridge replacement project. Crews were expected to finish guardrail work at the site Tuesday.
"Looks like they've done a pretty good job," Tomlinson said.
While the Buffalo Creek Road bridge replacement project is completed, the KY 36 bridge project reopening has been set back yet again.
"It is disappointing if they don't make the (Aug. 15) deadline, which they won't," Tomlinson said. "They do have the equipment. They are on site."
The bridge is near completion and looks good, Tomlinson said, but the approach still needs work before the road can reopen. Tomlinson said crews may be able to start asphalt work as soon as today, if the weather cooperates.
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet release projects the roadway won't reopen until Labor Day, but Tomlinson said he hopes the road might open a few days before that date.
Magistrates also heard updates on the community college design process. Tomlinson said three firms have been short listed for the design project, which will be awarded at the end of the month.
"We should know fairly soon who we'll be working with," he said.
After a firm is chosen, the local area and local businesses will have an opportunity to address needs and what the campus should include.
"This is a regional concept," Tomlinson said. "We know this is important to our neighboring counties as well."
Tomlinson said there will also be discussion and possible evaluation of KY 227 near the community college site to help with traffic issues that may come up with a new college campus in the area.
In other business:
Magistrates approved the replacement of the side roof on the Courthouse over the County Clerk's office. Nixon Roofing and Construction of Carrollton submitted an estimate of $13,865 for the work.
Magistrates discussed a request from Carroll County Search and Rescue for a new boat. Tomlinson said money had been budgeted for the request this year.
The issue was tabled so that magistrates can get more information about what type of boat the rescue team wants to purchase.
Magistrate Dean Miller said a boat the team had discussed previously wasn't what he thought was needed for rescue missions.
"They wanted a bigger (boat) for towing, and I don't think we need to be in the (towing) business," Miller said.
County Clerk Alice Marsh submitted a check for $491.05 to the Fiscal Court to close out the 2012 account during the meeting. The clerk's office still has six outstanding checks totaling $89.23, which will be placed in an escrow account and held for three years should anyone try to claim the money.
Two Carrollton businesses submitted bids for the county park and recreation's soccer uniforms. Sports Exchange submitted two bids of $2,682 for the uniforms, which allowed for color options and different shorts options.
Fillin' the Blank submitted a $2,658 bid for black and white shorts and color shirts, and a $2,868 bid for assorted colors of shorts and shirts.
Magistrates agreed to let parks and recreation officials make the decision before granting approval.
The next Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Aug. 30 because of a scheduling conflict during the regular meeting time.
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