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Fiscal Court: Session includes deep water and budget

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By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County’s proposed 2012 budget will not cut funding to any agency, County Judge-executive Tommy Turner told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 10.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the budget,” Turner said. “While most counties have to cut funding, this budget allows us to be able to pave roads and build bridges.”
The $7,467,353 total is about a million dollars larger than last year’s ($6,466,117). Turner said about 10 percent comes from real property taxes while 90 percent is from other sources.
“A lot of it is pass-through money, which means that as it comes in to us, we pay it back out,” the judge said.  
He asked magistrates to study the budget to see if they have any questions before its first reading at the next meeting in two weeks, saying he could call a working session, if needed, to discuss it.
None of the magistrates offered discussion on the Mesonet (weather station) and its placement in the county, an item that drew several minutes of discussion at the previous court meeting.
Most of the road report related to effects of the torrential downpours the county experienced in the past few weeks.
Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported water, about six feet deep in places, still blocked Walter Reed Road.
“Stream water goes down a lot faster than the water that’s caught in basins,” Veirs said. “We placed several ‘High Water’ signs in the county, but we had to close the Walter Reed road.”
Turner said the county would contact the property owners on both sides of Walter Reed Road to seek their permission to run water lines across their land in order to pump the water away from the road.
“We were able to obtain the National Guard’s big pump on 31-E near Abraham Lincoln school to pump off the water that had one lane in each direction blocked,” he said. “We’ll see if we can get that pump for this road, too.”
Veirs said crews had cleared ditches on Dan Dunn Road and creek gravel from Hancock Loop and Cantrell roads.  
“We also graded Wayne Ennis and Whelan roads and installed new entrance tiles on Logan Skaggs and Maxine roads,” he said.  
Tony Stewart, district one magistrate, told Veirs that a resident was concerned about water backing up near his storage buildings off 31-E near Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Ricky Whitlock, second district magistrate, said a White City resident was concerned about a tile collapsing on his land, causing the water to run under his house.
Turner instructed the magistrates to contact state maintenance since both situations dealt with state-maintained roads.  
Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, reported a resident on Keith Road requested a speed bump be placed in the road because of some people driving very fast there.
“We cant put up speed bumps on county roads,” Turner informed Nunn. “We can, however, put up a ‘congested area’ sign,” and he requested Veirs to look into doing that.  
W.L. Miller, representing the fourth district, asked for repairs on Airline Road where large trucks had made ruts in the ground adjacent to the roadway as they made turns.