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Fiscal Court focuses on road, sign issues

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By Ron Benningfield

 Missing and obscured road signs formed a hot topic of discussion among magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville June 26.

Tony Stewart, first district magistrate, reported a missing stop sign where Strange Road meets Highway 31-E. Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, said he would relay that information to the state road department responsible for the sign.

Stewart also noted a stop sign covered with vines at the intersection of Tonieville Road and Highway 222.

Second district magistrate Ricky Whitlock reported a stop sign and road name sign had been torn down on Blanton Road.

Veirs said the court crews have finished work on Cruse Road; dug out broken low shoulders on Bell Road and refilled with rock; mow-trimmed Maxine, Shady Rest, and Cruse roads; applied cold mix on Hines Road; sloped a bank on Jericho Road; and completed their second mowing in the Bennett Orchard section of the county.

Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, requested mow-trimming at the back of Whitlock Road and noted Plouvier Road in need of surface repairs.  

Fourth District Magistrate W.L. Miller requested crews repair a bridge on Polley Road and reported asphalt emulsion coming to the surface on Heying Lane.

The court approved hiring William Russell Martin to fill a vacancy with the road department which Veirs said has six personnel, including two supervisors, plus two mowers and a mechanic to maintain county roads.

Magistrates also approved moving Kyle Wyatt from full time EMT to full time paramedic and hiring David Mather, a LaRue County paramedic with over 25 years’ experience, as a part-time paramedic.

County emergency medical services director Mike Cottrell reported 174 ambulance runs in May. His department also received a new 2012 Ford box ambulance June 22 which he hopes to have in operation the first or second week of July.

 The court concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval of .72 acres at 1648 Lyons Station Road belonging to Samuel E. Florence, Jr., from R1A to R1B.

Magistrates awarded grease and oil bids to Apollo Oil of Louisville and A&M Oil of Taylorsville.

The court appointed Larry Howell as its representative to serve a three-year term on the Board of Assessment Appeals.

Court members also gave second reading to the county budget and approved a County Road Aid Coop Program agreement that will allow them to access aid for the coming fiscal year.