Magistrates heard updates on projects and approved a budget and budget transfers as the Carroll County Fiscal Court prepared for a new year during its last meeting of 2013.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson told magistrates most of the projects at the Courthouse have been completed and only a few things remain to be done. Most road projects have finished for the year as winter weather stopped work.

But many more projects are already scheduled for next year, Tomlinson said. He expects several road projects to be let out for bid next year, including bridge replacement projects on KY 47 and KY 36 near Sanders. He also expects the next phase of the U.S. 42 road project from Dow Corning to the city limits of Ghent to be bid out sometime in the new year.

Other road projects include shoulder work on Locust and Kings Ridge roads, which will likely begin in the spring.

Magistrates approved a $552,000 budget for the county sheriff's office for 2014. Most of the budget remains the same as last year, but an office staff position will increase from part-time to full-time.

Magistrates also approved transfers from various accounts to others for the county clerk's office to help with end-of-the-year bookkeeping. None of the transfers indicated overspending or going over on the budget, County Clerk Alice Marsh said.

Tomlinson also told magistrates a new voting location would be needed in Prestonville. The county's road department garage, which has been used as a voting location in the past, is expected to be sold.

A location has been identified if the county can pave part of the gravel parking lot for handicapped accessibility. County attorney Nick Marsh plans to look into the situation before a final decision is made.

Junior Welch agreed to allow the county to use his auction barn, which has restrooms and other necessities required by the voting board, Tomlinson said.

"Unless you guys have other suggestions, we're pretty limited over there," he said.

While the road department is expected to remain at its current location through the primary elections, county officials plan to have the department moved to the new location by the general election in November.

Also during the meeting, Carroll County Memorial Hospital CEO Michael Kozar gave magistrates a check for $100,000 to repay a loan from the Fiscal Court.

Magistrates agreed to give the money back to the hospital with $50,000 earmarked for the hospital's physical therapy program and $50,000 to be used as needed.

Kozar said the hospital's occupational therapy services had more than 10,000 visits this year and noted improvements to the physical therapy program will help the community for many years to come.

In other business:

• Tomlinson shared information on the city's efforts for rebranding. He presented possible ideas the branding committee has discussed and noted that the city asked the county to join in the rebranding process. Organizers hope to combine both the city and county into a unified look for logos and other signage.

• The Fiscal Court reappointed four people to three boards in the county.

Jim Sapp was reappointed to a four-year term on the Carroll County Water Board. Dr. Phil Habas and Mike Lewis were reappointed to three-year terms on the Carroll County Extension Board. Rick Oak was reappointed for a three-year term on the Ghent Fire Protection District Board.

• Tomlinson said the state has requested soil from each of the counties for the National Guard Memorial in Frankfort.

Magistrates approved a gallon of soil from Carroll County - specifically from General Butler State Resort Park - to be taken to the memorial site.