Court asked to stop moratorium on taking in roads

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By The Staff

    CEDAR GROVE - Linda Wilson didn’t understand why Bullitt Fiscal Court members would not accept Big Country East off Lickskillet Road into its maintenance system.

    She was working with retired road department foreman Carroll Samuels to bring the street into compliance.

    However, along the way came an economic crunch for the county and fiscal court passed a moratorium on accepting any gravel roads into the maintenance system.

    Wilson said as a taxpayer, she couldn’t understand that decision.

    A developer was to help get the road into compliance but went bankrupt. She spent $1,400 on gravel but it has since washed away.

    Magistrate David Walker said the money shortfall led to the moratorium. He said there are probably 250 gravel roads in the county that aren’t in the system.

    The county had provided grading work on a road not in the program but that is about all, said Walker.

    “I want the county to take it over,” said Wilson.

    She said the road is nothing but mud for the six families who utilize it.

    But before the road could be taken over, Walker said it must meet county standards.

    He asked if there was a homeowners association that would be responsible for road maintenance.

    “I just want to get my road taken care of,” said Wilson, who operates a business from her home.

    She was willing to help but she needed some assistance from the county.

    County attorney Walter A. Sholar said the fiscal court members could abolish the moratorium at any time.

    “I feel like I’ve been put off for two whole years,” said Wilson.

    Magistrate Eddie Bleemel said he would like to see all roads in the county system; however, there isn’t the manpower or the equipment to tackle such a task.

    Later in the meeting, the court members did approve grading of the road.

    No other action was taken.

    In other business:

    *It isn’t always the actual size of the check that matters. It is the amount of the check.

    Recently, Bullitt County clerk Kevin Mooney made his annual excess fees settlement with fiscal court.

    While he didn’t have one of those large fake checks made, the amount of his contribution to the county coffers was significant.

    Mooney’s excess fees for the past were amounted to $315,823.33, which was above the expected amount in the budget.

    *The court reached an agreement with the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency on two issues.

    First, the county passed a resolution to approve a service contract with CAA. The county will pay $12,000 this year for the services rendered by the agency.

    Second, the county agreed to a new lease arrangement at the facility being used by CAA and the Red Cross on Frank E. Simon Avenue.

    The county will lease the back portion of the building to CAA for $1 a year, a savings of $200 a month for the agency.

    *Fiscal court members will have a bid of $145,633 to resurface Collings Hill Road. Five bids were submitted and Louisville Paving had the lowest estimate.

    Road foreman Jimmy Stivers will look over the bids and make a recommendation. The work will be covered by state funds.

    The work must be completed by July 1.

    *The county will accept a rural road aid agreement where 3 percent will be withheld by the state transportation cabinet to use for emergencies anywhere in the commonwealth.

    If there were no use for the money, it would be returned to the county. With the agreement, the county will receive the 97 percent of funding on a quicker schedule.

    *George Cummins of Computer Knights reported on his survey of the county’s computer system in lieu of recommendations by state auditor Crit Luallen.

    He said there are some upgrades to the existing computer system, including a new server as soon as possible.

    He said some of the audit recommendations were overkill but he said it was better to put extra security measures in place.

    The audit came after $400,000 was stolen from the county’s on-line payroll account last June. Much of the money was recovered or covered under the county’s insurance policy.

    *Tourist director Troy Beam updated magistrate on the beautification project at the Highway 245 interchange.

    Beam said he was revisiting the project to make sure all the pledges for assistance were still on board. The  $600,000 project would be reimbursed with $480,000 in federal funds.

    The project would improve the appearance of the interchange. The county is also looking to make similar application for funds to beautify the other interchanges.

    *A low bid of 410,924 from Badgett Construction in Louisville was received for kitchen repairs at the detention center. The work would include replacing damaged drywall in the kitchen and to install a metal covering to protect the wall.

    A decision will be made at the April 6 meeting.

    *Blaine French received permission to pay $1,500 for a seized Dodge Charger for the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

    The vehicle was seized in a drug raid and the federal marshal’s office said the county would purchase the vehicle for the $1,500 fee.

    The next meeting of the Bullitt County Fiscal Court will be on Tuesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

    Also, the county’s budget committee will meet at 1 p.m. on that same day. The public is also invited to that meeting.