The cost of work on Little League baseball fields needs more research before a decision is reached, magistrates decided during a Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday.

Magistrates and Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson discussed the one bid submitted for work on the baseball fields. The Fiscal Court previously identified three fields that could use some work before the upcoming season, but only one company - Vescio's SportsFields of Lexington - submitted a bid. Vescio's bid was $65,400.

Carroll County's parks and recreation director Michael Battaglia had contacted other businesses earlier this year to get an idea of costs associated with the work needed on the fields. One company submitted a quote for about $20,000 for the projects, but the company did not submit a bid during the bidding process.

Magistrates discussed how to proceed because of the drastic difference in pricing.

"I just can't justify this decision," Magistrate Dean Miller said, who suggested contacting other companies before proceeding with the work.

County attorney Jim Monk noted that the bid did not have to be accepted or denied during the meeting, and the Fiscal Court could ask other companies for quotes. Those quotes could be accepted for the work if the amount is under $20,000 for the entire project, he said.

"You can certainly look around," Monk said. "That's just good business."

Battaglia plans to contact other companies to verify the previous $20,000 quote before accepting or denying the bid from Vescio's SportsFields.

The issue was tabled so that more research could be conducted.

Tomlinson also gave updates on projects around the county during the meeting. Most of the projects continue, even though the rain and snow have slowed projects a little.

"It's really been difficult for the amount of projects ongoing," he said. "They continue to work, but it is a little more difficult."

The streetscape project continues at the Courthouse square, and other highway projects continue weather permitting.

The renovations project in the county clerk's office have come to a completion for the first phase of the project, which included painting, new counters and ceiling tiles. Phase II of the project includes electrical work in the back vault where records are stored, Tomlinson said during the meeting. The second phase of the project will need to be bid out to contractors as the total of both phases would be over $20,000.

"I think the upgrades are something we needed to do," Tomlinson said, and the additional upgrades will be completed after the bidding process.

The Fiscal Court also discussed bidding out jobs for exterior painting at the Courthouse, as well as other improvements in other Courthouse offices.

"It needs to be done," Tomlinson said. "We'd kind of like to see everything spiffed up around here."

Also during the meeting, Tomlinson said the Fiscal Court received a letter from the Law Offices of Quisenberry and Quisenberry in Calhoun notifying the county that the estate of Bland C. Hardison had left money to animal shelters in 120 Kentucky counties.

Carroll County received a check for $1,432.47 from Hardison's estate. The funds must be used for something related to the animal shelter.

Miller made a motion to use the money for the county's spay and neuter clinic. The motion was unanimously approved.

In other business:

• Tomlinson told magistrates the county received a donation from Dow Corning for weather alert radios for county residents, a $900 grant from Kentucky Utilities for the heating and cooling upgrade in the Courthouse and a $10 contribution for Camp KYSOC from past participants from the Louisville area.

• The Fiscal Court gave $100,000 back to the Carroll County Memorial Hospital that the hospital had repaid to the county in December. The Fiscal Court specified $50,000 should be used for equipment, while the hospital could chose how to spend the other $50,000.

• The Fiscal Court plans to purchase another weather warning siren that will be placed near the schools. The decision was made after an assessment of the county's weather warning system.

"When they're in class, sometimes it's a little difficult to hear," Tomlinson said of the warning siren.

• Tomlinson also noted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a new stop sign on KY 1492 near the west prong of Locust Road. The additional stop sign will make a three-way stop near the bottom of the hill to help with traffic in the area because of the road closure on KY 36. The stop sign will remain in place after KY 36 reopens in June, he said.