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Fiscal court: Big Wheel fundraiser approved

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By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court approved, with a set of conditions, permission for a group to use Cissal Hill to hold a benefit ride Nov. 30.

LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner said the group’s leader, Jason Newton of the New Haven area, told him that money gained from the ride this year would go to benefit military veterans. The judge said Newton told him last year’s funds generated from the ride went to Toys for Tots.

Ricky Whitlock, second district magistrate, said he received complaints last year about the group’s blocking the road as they raced Big Wheel tricycles down the hill.

“Someone called in state troopers,” Whitlock said.   

Turner read the conditions for the use of the hill to the magistrates which stipulated that the roadway could be blocked to vehicular traffic for no more than five minutes at a time within the two-hour ride window; emergency vehicles be allowed access at all times; and that the group and not fiscal court would be responsible for any liability issues.

“Mr. Newton read the conditions and said they sounded reasonable,” Turner said.

Magistrates also approved rental of antenna space on the communications tower off South Lincoln Boulevard.

“The company wanting to rent it is with public radio and said they needed an antenna site in Hodgenville installed and operating by the end of this year,” Turner said. “They requested the antenna be placed at 80 or 90 feet which will not interfere with any of our communications.”

Included in the agreement for the $300 monthly rental was that the company would be responsible for all upkeep, maintenance, and liability for its equipment.

In other business, the court approved Patty Holbert to complete the unexpired term of the late LaRue County Cooperative Extension District board member Mae Burden, and reappointed Rita Williams and Scotty Lee to the board with their terms to expire Dec. 31, 2016. Holbert’s term will end Dec. 31, 2014.

Magistrates approved a $500 donation to Project Graduation.

Mike Cottrell, emergency medical services director, reported 199 runs in September. He told magistrates his department passed state inspection with no deficiencies.

The court will follow the state’s Thanksgiving schedule with offices closed Nov. 28-29.

Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported crews chip sealed Whelan, Plouvier, Cantrell and Cooper-Dever roads; cleared wind-blown trees downed on Brashears, Wayne Ennis, and J.E. Jones roads; reset a name and stop sign on Jericho Road, and name signs on Whelan and McCubbins roads; mow trimmed brush on Despain, Jericho, Earl Jones, Peake, Blanton, and Spalding roads.

Tony Stewart, first district magistrate, requested work to eliminate a surface to shoulder drop-off on Tonieville Road near Lincoln Parkway. Whitlock asked Veirs to build up a low shoulder on Kings Road.