Fiscal Court approves zoning updates

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Ordinance being revised to reflect board's practices

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court approved updating and correcting parts of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning ordinance at its meeting Feb. 24 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

“It’s a ‘cleanup’ ordinance that doesn’t change anything the P&Z is doing,” said Tommy Turner, county judge-executive. “It ensures that what they are currently doing is correct in their ordinance.”

Citing an example, he noted, “The current ordinance states the minimum width on an agriculture lot is 100 feet; however, planning and zoning has always recognized 50 feet as the minimum width.”

Turner said about 1,000 cubic yards – about 30 dump-truck loads – of ice storm-damaged limbs and brush have been dropped off at the disposition site at LaRue County fairgrounds.

Mike Helm, emergency medical services director, reported 98 ambulance transports last month. Helm told magistrates he has applied for grant funding for equipment.

The court approved an amended budget after $114,000 more than expected was received from a contract with state for the jail fund. Turner said the money would go toward utilities, food and jail building expenses.

Magistrates adopted a prisoner reimbursement policy that deals with prisoners receiving medical care. 

“We already have a policy in place that charges a co-pay to inmates in regards to them visiting the doctor and nurse,” said Turner. “The state statute gives us the authority to adopt a policy for a co-pay to be charged the inmate just as you and I pay when we visit the doctor.”

“Since we now have a contract with Southern Health Partners that provides a nurse in the jail every day, the policy needed to be adjusted to state this,” he added.

Magistrates concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval rezoning from R1A to B3 three acres at 3302 Lincoln Farm Road owned by Victor Kahill.