A Madison realtor and a few potential property buyers asked the Trimble County Fiscal Court what could be done to satisfy county requirements to subdivide property near the Ohio River in Milton.

Jim Pruett of Scott Lynch Realty and property buyers presented their plans to add an entrance to the seven plots of land planned to be used for recreational purposes on KY 36. The entrance would add a gravel driveway to allow access to all of the lots as required by state officials.

Magistrates discussed the need to name the entrance and roadway for emergency medical necessities. They also discussed the type of drive needed for the subdivided lots.

The county's subdivision regulations states the area must have a blacktopped road access to each lot, magistrates said. Potential buyers and the seller had planned to pay for a graveled road and entrance for the property that is going to be used for seasonal camping.

"Where I sit, it's got to be blacktopped across that," Magistrate Kirby Melvin said, noting the subdivision regulation.

The property had been purchased as one parcel, divided into seven plats and sold for recreational use last year.

The Fiscal Court should have been notified before the lots had been subdivided and sold, but that wasn't the case, Powell said at a meeting last year.

"If this had been done right to start with we wouldn't have to do this," Powell said.

Now the court plans to look at an amendment to the subdivision regulation. Magistrates plan to discuss the issue with the county's attorney before making a final decision.

"We just want to be fair and consistent," Magistrate David Scott said.

A special meeting to discuss the issue will be scheduled before the Fiscal Court's next regularly scheduled meeting in June, Powell told the group.

Also during the meeting, magistrates agreed to update the Courthouse heating and air conditioning software for an estimated $18,899. Dale Jones with Alpha Mechanical of Louisville attended the meeting to answer any questions magistrates might have about the new software for the system.

Magistrates asked about how long the software would last.

"I can't tell you your laptop isn't going to be outdated six months from now," Jones said, and the same could be said for the software system.

While the software should never go bad, it could become an issue to find someone who would know how to service the program several years down the road.

"Ten years from now, you may not find any old guys about to work on it," Jones said. "Everything keeps progressing."

Nothing seems to be wrong with the current heating and cooling system in the Courthouse, he said, but the software no longer has a company that will service the system.

"We have no choice (but to proceed)," Melvin said.

Magistrates unanimously approved the decision to upgrade the software.

In other business:

• Matt Bullock and a team from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented information concerning the county's rural secondary roads during the meeting. Bullock recommended repairs to nearly 4.6 miles of Corn Creek Road and nearly 6 miles of U.S. 42 up to Sulphur Road. The state department will take care of the repairs over the summer months by resurfacing the roadway.

The state department and local county officials had discussed replacement of a bridge on Connector Road by using the county's available Flex Funds.

The cost estimate for the bridge has increased to nearly $1 million, and Flex Funds would only provide about $114,000 toward the construction.

"I don't think the bridge is in that bad of shape," Bullock said.

He noted the bridge might flood during inclement weather, but it is not in any danger of falling.

• Sonia McElroy presented information about a possible driving tour throughout Trimble County to showcase historical sites. She hoped to get the Fiscal Court's support before going to state agencies and possibly locate grants for the idea.

• Powell opened bids to widen Coopers Bottom Road by three feet. The lowest bid was submitted by Sedam Contracting Company in Hanover for $31,680.

"I don't see that we have enough money," Melvin said.

Magistrate Nolan Hamilton said he'd like to see something done in the area to widen the road, but he doesn't expect the project to begin until crops are harvested. Farmers wouldn't want to lose their crops to a road project, he said.

Magistrates agreed to table the issue until a later date.

• Magistrates also agreed to look at River Valley Way about possibly making road a county road. Road viewers will take a look and report back to county officials with a recommendation before deciding whether or not to take over maintenance of the road.