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Trimble group wants motorcycle awareness signs
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:00 AM
Several people addressed the Trimble County Fiscal Court on Tuesday to request motorcycle road signs, while others talked to magistrates about plats of land between KY 36 and the Ohio River in Milton.
John Dolby with the Kentucky Motorcycle Association spoke to the Fiscal Court about posting "Share the Road" signs in the county. Dolby said the state passed legislation in 2005 to allow signs to be posted throughout the state to warn drivers about the potential for motorcycles on the roadways. Several members of the local Kentucky Motorcycle Association chapter were in attendance to show their support for the road signs.
"For some reason, the public doesn't see motorcycles," Dolby said. "People who ride motorcycles watch for motorcycles. People who don't ride motorcycles don't."
Carroll County posted the signs this year to bring awareness to the issue, Dolby said, becoming the first county in the state to purchase and post the signs.
"We have to start somewhere to educate the public," Dolby said. "We would like to see these signs put up."
Magistrates unanimously voted to approve the signs for Trimble County roadways. The county will contact the state Department of Transportation to learn the next steps.
Madison businessman Mike Taylor of Mike Taylor Auctions met with the Fiscal Court to discuss a piece of land that was divided into seven plats just outside the city limits of Milton on KY 36. Taylor said he purchased the land and then subdivided the property to resell to others for recreational use.
Magistrate Steven Stark asked questions about the subdivided plots, including whether each one-acre lot could have a septic installed or whether a dumping station for sewage would be installed for recreational use.
Taylor said he sold the lots with the understanding that everything is sold as-is with no warranties on the property. He envisioned the lots being used by the property owners as a place to park recreational vehicles in the summer and camp.
"There's no vision of buildings (on the land)," Taylor said. "We sold them purely as recreational (lots)."
Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell said the Fiscal Court should have been notified before the original plot of land was subdivided into seven lots. That wasn't done, Powell said.
Magistrates also questioned easements on the properties for access rights to all of the lots.
"I'm not trying to make this hard," Stark said.
Many questions went unanswered because county attorney Perry Arnold was unable to attend the meeting. Magistrates agreed to table the issue until more information about land use regulations can be discussed with Arnold. The Fiscal Court will have a special meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the matter further.
In other business:
Trimble County Emergency Management Director Ronnie McCane asked the Fiscal Court to sign another mutual aid agreement with Kentucky Emergency Management.
"They just wanted it updated," he said.
The last mutual aid agreement had been signed in 2003.
The Fiscal Court also approval radio purchases for the fire departments, Trimble County EMS and other emergency crews. McCane worked on a grant through the state totaling $15,720 for the radios.
Trimble County EMS Director Sharon Law asked the Fiscal Court to pay $7,200 for a medical compliance service for 2013. Law said Trimble County EMS is not in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid, but a business will help the ambulance service meet state requirements and train employees on the compliance requirements.
"It's very costly," Law said, yet she thinks the price could be a one-year expenditure. "She's going to do everything to get us compliant."
Magistrates unanimously approved the motion.
"Sounds like we have no choice," Magistrate Nolan Hamilton said.
The Fiscal Court approved the costs of materials and building construction for a new storage facility at the county road department. The materials will cost $19,408 for a wood structure with metal siding. The construction costs will total $11,600.
"We need a building," Hamilton said. "If (trucks and equipment are) worth buying, they're worth putting under roof."
Magistrates also approved the purchase of security fencing from Nationwide fence company for $6,442. The building, fence and two new road department trucks will be paid with a five-year, $160,000 loan through the Kentucky Association of Counties loan program.
Magistrates approved appointing David Eddy and Dale Vincent to the Trimble County Extension Service board for four years.
Magistrates approved Randy Stevens' appointment to the Trimble County Water District for four years.
Veterans Day will be a holiday for county employees beginning in 2013.
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