Magistrates approved the purchase of the state highway garage on Park Avenue during the Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson asked magistrates to approve the purchase of the building from the state to be used as the county garage.

"We have deemed it is something that we want to pursue," Tomlinson told magistrates.

The Carroll County Fiscal Court had been in discussions with the state for a few months about the purchase and waiting for an appraisal of the property.

Magistrates approved a motion to purchase the building and property. The purchase price is not to exceed $127,500.

"For the size and condition, it's a good buy," Tomlinson said. "I think it'll be a good asset."

The county garage could be moved to the new location in the spring, as Tomlinson expects the purchase and transfer of the property to take about three months.

Tomlinson also gave reports on projects in Carroll County.

The heating and cooling work at the Carroll County Courthouse continues to progress as two zones in the building are now working.

"Some of the holes in the walls are gone," Tomlinson told magistrates.

The electrical work continues to move forward after a shut-down Friday following the Thanksgiving holiday. Tomlinson said an electrical plug in the Property Valuation Office failed to work after the electrical shut-down and a computer in the sheriff's office had issues rebooting, but everything else went as planned.

The Fiscal Court also received a response from Kentucky's Administrative Office of the Courts concerning the rooftop HVAC unit at the William L. Wheeler Hall of Justice. Tomlinson had asked the Administrative Office of the Courts to replace the unit at an estimated cost of $28,830.

The response noted that the state's Judicial Branch faces a $30 million deficit and does not have the funds to pay for the project.

Tomlinson said the county has a few choices when fixing the HVAC system, but magistrates decided to table the issue and address the situation at a later date. The heating currently works in the building, however, the cooling system wasn't working property during the fall.

Work continues on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, but the resurfacing work may end because of the weather.

"I don't think there's going to be much more blacktopping this year," Tomlinson said.

Instead, road crews will begin to work on the guardrails and other fixes during the winter months.

In other business:

• Magistrates unanimously approved the first reading of a budget amendment for $10,816. The money was received from the state's Local Corrections Assistance Fund and will be transferred to the county's miscellaneous fund.

• Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh provided the Fiscal Court with a final report of excess fees for 2011. Only $296 remains unclaimed in the county, with seven checks that are left uncleared. Marsh said the auditor told her that a checking account with the excess fees must remain open for three years to allow residents time to claim the fees. After three years, the money will be turned over to the Kentucky Department of Treasury.

• Carroll County received $6,008 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Funds for the Community Action group during the upcoming year, Tomlinson told magistrates.

• The Carroll County Fiscal Court will hold its next meeting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 14 in the Fiscal Court meeting room at the Courthouse.