County renews contract with Taylor County Animal Shelter

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By Ron Benningfield

 After enjoying relatively mild winter weather through most of December, LaRue County’s road department crews spread their first loads of salt, about 15 tons, Dec. 29, according to road supervisor Clyde Veirs.

“We spread most of it in the Roanoke-Howardstown-Tonieville areas,” Veirs reported to fiscal court magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 8. He said the county still has about 135 tons of salt stored.

The court approved a three-year renewal of its contract with Taylor County Animal Shelter at a cost of $18,500 annually. 

“This is by far the cheapest option we have for stray animals in LaRue County, and about the only option,” LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner told magistrates. 

He said the two surrounding counties with shelters, Hardin and Marion, only allow animals from their respective counties to be housed there.

“A few years ago we looked at going in with Hart and Green counties to build and maintain a shelter, but the deal fell through, and even then, it was estimated to cost each county about $35,000 a year because of overhead with the building, regulations, and staffing,” he said.

Magistrates also approved the sheriff and county clerk’s 2014 budgets that Turner said included only minimal changes from the previous year’s totals.

The court approved changing county truck driver Russell Martin from part to full time employment.

Road crews filled potholes on DeSpain, Viers, Farris, and Trumbo roads; spread gravel around mailboxes on Tonieville and Plouvier roads and Cannon Lane; laid dense grade rock on approaches to a bridge on Goodin-Williams Road and mow-trimmed and cut brush on Wayne Ennis Road.