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Carroll reviews possible 2014 road work
More than $5.3M in major repairs and resurfacing was completed in 2013
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:00 AM
Carroll County roads underwent major repairs and resurfacing totaling more than $5.3 million in 2013. And, nearly a half million dollars' in work could be completed in 2014.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials outlined the work done on state roads over the past year during a Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, while also looking at possible work and repairs to be completed in the upcoming year.
Rob Hans, chief district engineer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6, outlined the county's allotted funds from the state and shared the state's recommendations for roads that need the most work in the county.
Hans told the Fiscal Court that the county will receive more than $666,500 for projects on rural secondary roads. Of the allotment, more than $267,000 - including more than $78,000 in undistributed funds from 2013 - will be spent on maintenance.
Another 10 percent of the allotment, or $66,600, was set aside for "flex funds" for the county to decide to use for county road projects that needed repairs or for state road projects. The Fiscal Court chose to return the 2014 flex funds back to the state during the meeting for proposed projects.
The remaining $407,000 - plus $66,600 in flex funds - will be available to pay for needed road improvement projects.
Transportation officials identified four resurfacing projects in the county, including 3.4 miles on Mill Creek Road from the bridge near Tom Town Road to KY 389; 1.3 miles on M & T Road from KY 36 to the railroad crossing; 0.8 miles on Sanders Road near KY 1204 to Staffords Ridge, and 0.9 miles on South Fork Road from mile point 2 to the junction of U.S. 42.
Officials hope to send the projects out to bid in the spring with completion dates by the end of the year.
"The needs are many and the funding is...short," Hans said.
Even though several problems have been identified on area roads and magistrates had more roads to add to the list of concerns during the meeting, the Fiscal Court recognized the repairs made over the last several years have helped the community.
"We have seen a great improvement in the last few years," Magistrate Mark Bates said.
Also during the meeting, magistrates approved the purchase of a motor and a new vehicle for the sheriff's office. Mandy Tuttle with the sheriff's office told magistrates that one of the department's trucks had motor troubles and was out of service.
Magistrate Dean Miller made the recommendation to replace the motor while a new vehicle is ordered.
"We need something to go now," Miller said. "I know you can't do police work if you don't have a vehicle."
The motion for the purchases passed 3-1 with Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson voting against the measure.
Tomlinson said after the meeting that he voted against the purchase because he was unsure where the funds would come from for the motor and the new vehicle. He was also unsure whether a new motor for an old vehicle needed to be purchased in addition to a new vehicle.
In other business:
Magistrates allowed a Port Authority resolution to die for a lack of a second to the motion during the meeting. The port authority in Cincinnati hoped to use statistical information from the surrounding region.
Magistrates had several concerns with the resolution, including the possibility of a port authority tax to the area.
Magistrates also agreed to install two fire hydrants in Prestonville.
The estimated cost for the two hydrants is $7,000. Installation of the hydrants would be easier to do now since no water is in the new lines yet, Tomlinson said.
The Fiscal Court plans to contribute the costs to Carrollton Utilities for the installation.
The local fire department, like other departments in the county, will be responsible for the maintenance costs on the new hydrants.
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