FISCAL COURT: Interest Shown in Clayton building, pay increased for poll officials

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By Ron Benningfield

If current talks prove fruitful, the vacant Clayton Mobile Homes property at LaRue County Industrial Park may have a new owner.

Director of Economic Development Bob Sims told LaRue Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 13 that talks concerning the purchase of the 27-acre site have been ongoing for several weeks.

“I can’t give out any further information right now, but we’re hopeful that a company will purchase the property,” Sims said. The mobile home manufacturer built its Hodgenville plant in 1999. The property has been vacant for several years after Clayton closed its plant.

In other business, Tommy Turner, judge-executive, updated magistrates on the issue of animal waste on roads.

“None of the county governments I have contacted have a law on the books concerning animal waste, but I have discussed the situation with legal counsel of KACO (Kentucky Association of Counties), and an ordinance to address it is forthcoming,” Turner said.

Magistrates approved raising the per diem pay of county election officials to $125.

“They work a 14-hour day and we haven’t raised the amount in nearly 10 years,” said Turner. “Surrounding counties pay from $115 to $150 per day, so this will fall about in the middle.”

The court concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval of two acres of land on Thomas Street in Magnolia belonging Magnolia Baptist Church and to be acquired by Eddie Bowen being rezoned A1 to R1A.

Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported crews filled potholes on seven county roads, erected speed limit signs on Plouvier Road, cleaned ditches and tiles on six roads, dug out and repacked a sunk area in the local health department’s parking lot, and put cold mix around tiles on Polley Road and Thomas Lane.

Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, requested repairs be made to a washed-out area on Salsman Hill and a roadway surface hole on Ferrill Hill in Buffalo.

W.L. Miller, fourth district magistrate, requested removal of trees blocking drivers’ view on Thomas Lane, and that ditches and tiles be cleaned on Lavinia in Magnolia and Jenkins Road.