County employees receive 2 percent raise

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Magistrates also discuss signage

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court approved a 2 percent salary increase for its employees in the 2010-11 budget as magistrates met July 13 in the courthouse in Hodgenville.

“This applies to all employees except to elected officials whose salaries are set by the state,” said Tommy Turner, judge-executive.

Scenic highway grant

The court approved a resolution that allows the court to receive a $144,000 Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway grant.

“This is for wayfinding signage,” said Turner. “These are signs that give detailed information and maps of an area, in this case connected with Abraham Lincoln.”

He offered as an example the existing sign on the traffic island in downtown Hodgenville that provides added details about Lincoln.

“I can see among those possibly being added signs at the Boyhood home at Knob Creek and one at Athertonville giving more detailed information on Lincoln’s first school,” Turner added.  “They can also be set in other counties along the Highway that are connected with Lincoln.”

P&Z appointments

The court re-appointed two members to the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments.  Ralph Greer and Paul Lassanske will serve through June 30, 2012.

“The Board of Adjustments deal with issues that are out of conformity with regulations,” said Turner.

Recycling equipment

Jill Gray, solid waste coordinator, reported that the county has received grant money to purchase a glass pulverizer and a fork lift rotating clamp attachment to grab boxes and bails at the recycling center.

Road report

Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, reported crews have mowed, trimmed, ditched and repaired potholes throughout the county.

Bryan Durham, third district magistrate told Brown of a rough bridge abutment that needs repair on B.F. Brown Road and also requested smoothing out of a bump on Keith Road where the county had made repairs.

Parks and recreation

Durham and Scotty Lee, second district magistrate, informed the court that the Parks and Recreation Board needed fiscal court and/or the city to take the lead in gaining needed improvements to facilities there, especially restrooms and concession stand.

Turner said he didn’t have a problem with their request, but since the city owns the park, it should initiate the action.

“We need to talk with the city as to how we go about doing this,” Turner said. He said he would call Hodgenville’s mayor (Terry Cruse) to discuss it with him and the court’s planning and recreation committee consisting of Lee and Peggy Hawkins, first district magistrate.

Fuel bids

Turner said that, with no fuel bids received, the court would continue its fuel contract with Bault Oil, which agreed to honor its winning 2009-10 bid price.

Executive session

Fiscal Court went into a 90-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues.