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State officials discuss Carroll issues, projects
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:00 AM
State officials met in Carrollton over the weekend to discuss issues affecting the city and surrounding area.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson gave a report on the legislative caucus held at the Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus on Saturday. Eight state legislators from the area attended, including Sen. John Schickel, Sen. Ernie Harris, Rep. Rick Rand, Rep. Addia Wuchner, Rep. Joe Fischer, Rep. Diane St. Onge, Rep. Russell Webber and Rep. Arnold Simpson.
"It's been a long time for our caucus to meet in Carroll County," Tomlinson said.
Several area industry representatives attended and discussed the importance of the Jefferson Community and Technical College location in Carrollton for an affordable education close to home, Tomlinson said. The caucus also discussed the need for a new community college campus in the area.
"We still have work to do," Tomlinson said. "We're dedicated to this project and we're passionate to make it happen."
Several area residents also attended to hear about state issues impacting the local area.
"I thought it was a very positive meeting," he said.
Tomlinson also updated magistrates on the projects around the Carroll County area during the meeting.
The streetscape project continues with the grass planting. Officials expect the grounds will need to be mowed within the next week.
"It's growing a little faster than we anticipated," Tomlinson said. "We know it looks a little shabby, but we're told that's a good thing."
Remodeling in the clerk's office and other offices in the Courthouse continue with inmates painting and installing ceiling tiles. While the work is almost complete in the clerk's office, other renovations will continue.
"We've got a lot more left to do," he said.
Officials plan to paint the exterior and complete painting in other offices.
It was reported that the construction project to replace the Locust Creek bridge on KY 36 continues.
"I thought they were really running behind, but they've picked up the pace," Tomlinson said.
The road is scheduled to reopen June 8.
Magistrates granted permission for the sheriff's office to apply for a grant that would provide funding for an extra officer for the next three years. The grant through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services with the U.S. Department of Justice would pay for 75 percent of the officer's wages, while the county would be responsible for 25 percent. The county would also be responsible for all of the officer's wage for one year after the grant expires.
"(Carroll County Sheriff) Jamie (Kinman) wants to hire someone to be a school resource officer," Jennifer Willhoite with the sheriff's office said.
The grant gives priority to agencies using the money for school resource officers, military veteran employment and reducing gun violence.
"We expect it's going to be difficult," she said of grant competition.
In other business:
The Fiscal Court recognized the significance of the May 14 tragedy 25 years ago. The bus crash in Carroll County has become highly publicized because of the anniversary and documentary of the accident.
"We hope nothing like that happens again anywhere in the country," Tomlinson said.
Magistrates approved the first and second readings of budget amendments for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The second reading of the 2013-2014 budget will be held at a later date.
Magistrates approved the purchase of voting machine batteries.
"I didn't realize we'd had those machines that long," Tomlinson said.
The batteries will cost $1,038.
Magistrates asked County Clerk Alice Marsh if the purchase could be held off until an election year, so that the batteries won't be have a year of use by the time the machines will be used again. Marsh said she would check to see if there would be an issue with waiting until a little closer to the 2014 elections.
Magistrates approved a $500 donation to the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort. The memorial will honor members of the Kentucky National Guard who have fallen in the line of duty.
Organizers are researching names for the memorial with 145 people already identified to be included on the memorial. Another 305 names might be included after additional research.
The Fiscal Court approved an additional $10,000 request to the Carroll County Fair Board.
"I have no problem helping them this time," Magistrate Dean Miller said. "We couldn't own it and keep it up for what we pay them."
Miller did note that something needs to be done about the loan payments held by the fair board, which are due before the fair activities.
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