EDMONTON – The specific roads with anticipated work to be covered by state transportation flex funds announced previously for Metcalfe County were identified in an agreement that was approved Tuesday by the fiscal court there.
Most of the work will be patching, though, rather than paving. The total additional amount $188,062.
“They're patching on several roads where they've had to cut the roadway to put in new tiles, so we can use a lot of that money patching those road cuts,” Judge-Executive Harold Stilts said. “We're going to patch as far as the money goes and work on the rest of it later.”
Roads identified in the distributed list are Beechville, Bennett Ridge East, Cave Ridge-New Liberty, Cedar Flat-Curtis, Cedar Hill, Coomer, Echo, Fred Smith-Lone Star Church, Glen Shaw, Iron Mountain, J. Bragg, Lone Star Ridge, New Liberty-Big Meadow, Savoyard Park, Shady Grove-Whickerville, Smith Cemetery, Spradlin and Teddy Ray.
Fiscal Court Clerk Vickie Stephens had also distributed copies of the monthly and quarterly financial reports to the fiscal court members.
“The cash balance ending as of Sept. 30 in all funds, $2,817,826.88,” she said, simply listing some of the additional reports provided because the first fiscal quarter was completed.
The revenue condition report shows the total received from July 1 through Sept. 30 as $4,934,555.57, which is 50.22 percent of the budgeted amount for the year. The liabilities journal showed those by fund, e.g. general, road, government center, and the appropriations condition report showed $2,116,728.69 in claims for the quarter, 21.55 percent of budget. She had also provided a list of all the purchase orders for the quarter and said the majority would be in the claims they would be approving later, which they unanimously did.
One budget adjustment and some interfund transfers were also approved.
District 4 Magistrate Ronnie Miller asked about the county's burn ban that had been issued, and Stilts said he would be lifting that later in the day, and there was discussion about how much rain various spots in the county had gotten over the past two days.
Gary Fancher, Area 3 manager for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, said Center got about 5 inches. He noted that the Kentucky Division of Forestry's burn ban that started Oct. 1 would still be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
Miller said he had gotten two text messages Monday that the smell at AgRenew was persisting, and he drove through the area and talked with the owner and foreman, “trying to get them to do the right thing and giving those residents their life back, because they have took part of their life. They can't get outside.”
He said they talked about options such as making the smoke stack higher.
“I didn't mention chemicals, but that's my next move ...,” he said. “It's spinning in mud, or snow or something. I can't get much done.”
The facility processes animal material for use in making pet food.
Fancher also reported that the grant for a radio signal repeater that had been in the works for a year or so has been pushed through with details of account numbers provided this week, “so we should be getting a contract for those to be able to be signed in the next … in a short matter of time.”
Stilts announced he's been working on getting a new building inspector for the county and a resolution is being prepared to allow him to start doing the inspections. He said the state revoked the license of the previous inspector.
He added after the meeting that the new inspector is to be Jim Griffin, who also does inspections for Glasgow and Barren County. He showed the Glasgow Daily Times a letter he'd received stating that Carley E. Fudge was no longer certified as a building inspector by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.
“The Department will perform the plan review and inspections for commercial buildings until Metcalfe County hires or contracts with another certified building inspector,” the letter from Duane S. Curry, deputy commissioner for the department, states.
No reason was given for Fudge's revocation. Stilts said he had been doing inspections for multiple counties, including Adair, where Fudge lives.
District 2 Magistrate Kevin Crain was absent, and Stilts said he notified him in advance he would not be able to be there.