State Rep. Rick Rand gave the Carroll County Fiscal Court three checks totaling more than $15.5 million representing road improvement grants from the state during a presentation at the court's meeting Tuesday.

The three checks will help to offset the county's costs for road work on the railroad crossing on Sanders-Ghent Road, Interstate 71, Lock Road and KY 227 resurfacing, and a bridge replacement project on KY 36 for $3.5 million. The checks - totaling over $15.5 million - represent the state and local governing bodies working together, Rand said.

"We were able to work on some transportation issues," he said.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said work on the railroad crossing was planned to begin Tuesday and work on Interstate 71 has already begun.

"They're out there doing some base repair right now," Rand said, and the interstate paving will most likely begin in the spring.

The bridge replacement project is also planned to begin in the spring.

"We've been working on that a long time," Rand said.

Rand also said that Carroll County's decision to join the I-71 Corridor Regional Economic Development Task Force is of great importance. Tomlinson said the task force might be able to attract more industry to the area.

"We've been blessed here with industries," he said.

Tomlinson also said the community college in Carrollton will help train local employees for jobs that might become available in the coming years, which might also attract potential businesses.

"We want to make sure we have the work force to fill those good-paying jobs," Tomlinson said.

Other projects at the Carroll County Courthouse continue and other projects wait for the bidding process to end.

Tomlinson said contractors have removed the HVAC units inside the building. The new units won't fit in the spaces exactly like the old ones, and some wall and floor work is needed to fill in the spaces.

"We'll just get it as close ... as we can," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said the county fixed the roof after the heating and cooling chiller was removed from the Courthouse. The county also installed a new system Monday to keep pigeons away from the building.

"We shouldn't have any more trouble," Tomlinson said.

The system gives off supersonic sounds every few minutes to keep birds and other pests away from the roof.

"We're not seeing as many," he said of the pigeons. "Let's hope that works."

The streetscape project for the Carroll County Courthouse lawn could be awarded to a contractor as early as today. A start date for the project will be discussed after a contractor has been chosen, Tomlinson said. The project might not begin until spring.

In other business:

• The court agreed to continue to look into the purchase of tables for use at the former Camp KYSOC. Tomlinson discussed three possible prices for the tables, and magistrates approved a motion to continue to look into the purchase.

• The Fiscal Court agreed to reappoint Bennie Wilson to the Carroll County Water Board for a four-year term.

• Tomlinson told magistrates that Carroll County received approval for a $25,000 Homeland Security grant for EMS equipment.