The Carroll County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of a new HVAC system for the William Wheeler Hall of Justice during a meeting Tuesday.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said the system has been down for about a week because of needed repairs, and he had declared the problem to be an emergency.

Magistrates accepted a $44,416 bid with a 4-week "quick ship" option for the new system from TC Mechanical Services of Frankfort.

The county will receive full reimbursement from the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts for the new HVAC system.

The Court had approved work on the system earlier this year to replace the compressor, but the system continued to fail after the repairs. TC Mechanical Services told the Fiscal Court in March that the compressor might not fix the issue because of the age of the HVAC system.

Fiscal Court magistrates also decided to move forward with a bridge replacement project. Magistrates want to replace an old bridge on Dripping Springs Road with a box culvert.

The replacement should take no more than two days to complete, but KY 55 might need to have traffic rerouted while construction materials are delivered, Tomlinson said.

"It's simple, but it's complicated," he said of the project. "That bridge is getting in bad shape, and we'd like to replace it."

Also during the meeting, magistrates approved the first reading of an ordinance concerning alcohol sales in the county. Because of new Kentucky laws that went into effect earlier this year, the hours of alcohol sales could be changed or left alone.

"We wanted to be consistent with what the city did," Tomlinson said.

The Carrollton City Council voted to keep alcohol sales the same on Election Day as in prior years during a meeting on Monday.

Alcohol may not be purchased during polling hours on Election Day, but may be purchased after 6 p.m. until midnight, magistrates said.

Magistrates agreed to keep the hours of alcohol sales from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday throughout the year.

No alcohol sales are permitted on Sunday.

In other business:

• Repairs continue at the Carroll County Courthouse with replacement of carpeting and flooring, as well as the replacement of the counter in the sheriff's office.

Workers returned this week to make repairs to the sidewalks and replant the dead landscape items that had been replaced during the streetscape project, Tomlinson said.

Work also continues at the county's pools. The larger pool should be completed this week, then crews plan to begin work on the wading pool.

• Magistrates agreed to a resolution concerning county electrical inspectors.

The county will have a list of certified electrical inspectors for commercial or residential work.

"At one time, we only had one electrical inspector," Tomlinson said. "I think this will work out a lot better."

• Magistrates also approved a Limited English Proficiency Plan for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office during the meeting. The plan says any person needing language services will have access to a certified interpreter should one be needed to understand their rights and responsibilities.

The plan was required for the sheriff's office to apply for some state and federal grants.

• Magistrates approved the purchase of a slide tray for the Carroll County rescue team. The tray will allow equipment in the rescue truck to be more accessible when emergency responders are at the scene. The tray also will help crews to save time climbing in and out of the truck and be a safer alternative.

The slide tray will be purchased from Carrollton Sheet Metal for $2,600.