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FISCAL COURT: Sheriff purchases three cars

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By Ron Benningfield

 LaRue County Fiscal Court appointed local attorney Kyle Williamson to the LaRue County Public Library Board as magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 25.

Williamson’s term will expire June 30, 2013.

Mike Cottrell, emergency medical services director, reported 116 ambulance transports in December, totaling 1,453 trips for 2011.

He told magistrates the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services has approved a $10,000 grant to be used for equipment required by the state. Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, mentioned the state board also approved a $20,000 in 2011 that could go toward the purchase of an ambulance.

 “About 20 years ago that grant amount would have paid half of what a new ambulance cost,” said Turner. “The grant amount has not gone up, though the prices of ambulances have.”

Cottrell, whose department runs a fleet of four ambulances, said a replacement vehicle is needed. The grant stipulates that if a used ambulance is purchased, it must be no more than three years old and have no more than 40,000 miles on the odometer. Cottrell estimated the price of a new ambulance at about $110,000.

The court passed a resolution approving the sheriff’s department’s purchase of three 2012 police-kit equipped Dodge Chargers at state contract price. 

 “The sheriff’s budget will pay for the vehicles, but we must approve the purchase because they must be registered in the county’s name,” Turner said.

 “Two of our cars have been totaled in crashes and another one is worn out,” Sheriff Bobby Shoffner explained.

(The cars were delivered later in the week.)

Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported crews have moved brush off Thompson Hill Road; cleaned ditches on Maxine, Airline and Levelwoods roads; hauled gravel to the the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center; graded Wayne Ennis Road, cleaned tiles on Saltsman Hill and cleared the roadway of trees that had blown onto it on Hawkins and Parkers Grove roads. Department trucks spread some 45 tons of salt over icy roads last month.

Tony Stewart, first district magistrate, asked Veirs to replace a missing stop sign on Ennis Mill Road and to straighten a signpost at Industrial Park.   Fourth district magistrate W.L. Miller requested pothole repair, more sheriff patrols and speed limit signs be installed on Knob Schoolhouse Road.

Magistrates concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval of 3.36 acres belonging to Val Brewer at 667 South Otter Creek Road being rezoned from A1 to R1A.