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Fiscal Court: Core drilling conducted for tower

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By Ron Benningfield

 LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 8 that core drilling has been conducted for erection of a communications tower on county road department property off U.S. 31-E.

“Once the results of these tests come back, we can proceed with the tower,” Turner said. 

Chris Jackson, emergency management director, said the 250-foot tower will provide improved transmission and reception service for his office and first responders. 

“We have acquired a 10x11-foot building for a good price where we can house the communications equipment,” Jackson said. He expects tower construction could start within the next few weeks.

Turner said everything was on schedule for the county to receive a new ambulance by July 1.

Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported his department's crews filled potholes on Kyle Street, Talley, Oak Hill and Slack roads; swept loose rock off Maxine and Parker Grove roads; channel-lined ditches on Peppers and Hawkins roads, finished sloping banks, sowed grass and spread straw on banks on Hawkins Road; cut brush on Welding Loop and Hawkins Road, and removed brush on Hawkins Road near Airline Road.

Veirs said the crew has been and cleaning ditches and tiles on Peak and Wayne Ennis Roads and are mowing the right-of-way off 210.

Veirs and Turner told the court they had received complaints about mud being deposited on Lafollette Road from vehicles exiting a drive.

“When that mud gets wet, it can be slippery, a safety hazard,” Veirs said.

Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, requested Veirs resolve a problem of standing water on Jericho Road and a washed-out area on Alvin Brooks Road.

Fourth District Magistrate W.L. Miller informed Veirs of water cutting a ditch along the edge of the roadway on J.E. Jones Road.