Carroll County Fiscal Court magistrates approved TC Mechanical Services of Frankfort to replace a HVAC compressor at the William Wheeler Hall of Justice during their meeting Tuesday. The cooling system no longer worked properly and needed to be fixed or replaced, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said.

Because the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts faces a deficit, magistrates received notification that any repairs would need to be paid by the county. The Fiscal Court decided to replace the compressor - which still had one year left on the warranty - for $9,350 instead of replacing the entire HVAC system. The decision saved the county over $28,000, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson also updated the Fiscal Court on construction work around the Courthouse.

The counters in the clerk's office are in place and flooring and painting are nearing completion, he said.

The streetscape work on the Courthouse square continues as well, with the sidewalks to be completed in a few days.

"They should be done with the concrete this week," Tomlinson said.

The lighting portion of the project is expected to be installed during the first or second week of April, while construction crews already began work on the ground lighting surrounding the Courthouse.

"Once again, we're dependent on the weather," Tomlinson said of the timelines.

Road construction begins again with springtime weather allowing workers to proceed with scheduled projects.

The bridge over Locust Creek closed on Monday for 90 days. Construction crews plan to have KY 36 reopened to through traffic on June 8, weather permitting.

"We apologize (for the inconvenience)," Tomlinson said, but a road closure is the only way to complete the project.

Another bridge on Buffalo Road will also be under construction soon with traffic reduced to one lane. The road will remain open while crews replace the decking on the bridge one side at a time.

In other business:

• Tomlinson signed a proclamation honoring Arbor Day on April 5 throughout Carroll County.

The proclamation urges all citizens to observe the day by planting a tree to beautify the area and state, as well as focus attention on natural resources.

• Stacie Rockaway, a Western District field representative for Rep. Thomas Massie, visited the Fiscal Court to introduce herself and to hear any possible issues or feedback from the Court.

Tomlinson asked Rockaway to alert Massie to the importance of the Veteran's Administration clinic in Carrollton, as well as pass on other concerns about rural healthcare issues.

"That VA clinic is very important to this area," Tomlinson said, adding a recent decrease in doctors has been a concern.

Tomlinson also asked Rockaway to pass on the importance of education - particularly community colleges. The Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton has been looking to expand from its current location to serve more students, yet funding has not been available.

Several students from surrounding counties travel to the area for employment training in technical careers.

"It's not just for Carroll County," he said.