The Carroll County Fiscal Court approved entering into an agreement that will reimburse the county up to $49,500 for new voting machines.

Carroll County Clerk Marketta Brock said state law requires every county to have new voting machines in each voting precinct. Because of the upgrades, Brock wants to eliminate the old machines to make space for the new machines.

"I don't want to make a decision to get rid of the old machines," Magistrate Dean Miller said. "The voting in the county will go way down (if the old machines are eliminated)."

Miller said the older generations, who are not used to computers or computerized machines, will be less likely to vote in upcoming elections if the old machines - the ones people are accustomed to - are no longer at the voting precincts.

"They will not vote," Miller said.

Brock said the people, who do not want to use the new machines, have the option to file an absentee vote.

"All we are doing is following what the state tells us to do," Brock said.

One major reason to eliminate the older machines, Brock said, is that they are hard to upkeep and are expensive to have repaired. Across the state, the old machines are becoming more and more non-existent with the availability of state funding to buy new machines. However, the county is not required by law to get rid of the old machines.

"We have to shut down, move and reset the old machines after and before each election," Brock said. "We had more voting on the new machines than the old machines."

In addition to the purchase of new voting the machines, the General Assembly is discussing a bill that would allow centralized voting.

"I don't have a problem with centralized voting as long as it's at the place where there is a mayor and council members," Miller said. "A person from Sanders should not have to come to Carrollton to vote."

If the General Assembly passes the centralized voting bill, then it might change some of the county's precinct locations. However, no action has been taken on the bill yet.

Fiscal Court chooses state rural secondary roads for resurfacing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented its rural secondary road plan for the county. The state will allocate $270,294 to the county for its rural secondary state roads.

The roads that made the list this year are Locust Road (KY 1492), KY 36 toward Sanders, Kings Ridge Road and Wrights Run Road. Because of budget limitations, the state will only be working on Locust Road and KY 36 this year.

"It's difficult for the people we represent that we can only pick one or two out of six or seven," Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said.

The state will resurface 4.1 miles of Locust Road this spring. The project is estimated to cost $140,667. The other project, KY 36 to Sanders, which is two miles west of KY 1112 to Lanham Road, will cost $139,572. A total of 3.3 miles will be resurfaced.

"If you think a road can last 21 years, then you all need to call up that contractor," Magistrate Mark Bates said.

Bates said the last time KY 36 was resurfaced was in 1987, which was 21 years ago.

"We still feel it's not sufficient enough money. It's not your fault," Tomlinson said the transportation cabinet representatives, told him.

However, these projects go over the state's allotment more than $10,000. If the state will pay for the over budgeted amount or if the county will pay the leftover amount is still under discussion.