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FISCAL COURT: County to receive emergency generator through grant

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By Ron Benningfield

If some emergency causes a power outage at the courthouse in Hodgenville, a 130-kilowatt generator will allow emergency services and other offices in the building to continue to function.
That’s what Tommy Turner, judge-executive, told members of LaRue County fiscal court July 12 at their meeting at the courthouse. He said the building could also be used as an emergency shelter.
Funded in part by grant money, the court approved the purchase of the $34,660 Generac generator from Evapar, the lone submitter of a bid. Turner said the county will provide in-kind matching services such as building the concrete pad on which the generator will rest.
A state grant will allow fiscal court to purchase recycling trailers with bins for glass, cardboard and plastics. Turner said the trailers will be placed on sites throughout the county.
“People will place their recyclables in the bins, which will be rotated to different locations in the county,” said Turner. “We can then haul them to our recycling center, unload them and take them back out.”
He said the state has also agreed to provide a quarter of a million dollars for strip paving in the county.  
“The purpose of this is to take care of broken places in the roads,” said Turner. “The paving will be the full width of the roadway and will be the length we designate.” He gave magistrates a list of over 100 roads to be serviced.
Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, reported crews mow trimming Plouvier, Whelan, Maxine and Gault roads, refilling dug-out places on Joe Brown Road and removing brush on Goodin Williams Road.
His crews examined a bridge on A.B. Ward road by drilling into its understructure and found it to be safe for traffic.
Tony Stewart, first district magistrate, said he had received a phone call from a person on Tonieville Road concerned that stumps beside a sharp curve in the road are hazards to drivers because of their proximity to the roadway and should be removed. He also requested trimming low hanging tree branches hitting tops of vehicles on Walter Reed Road.
Ronald Dale Nunn, third district magistrate, requested bushes on Keith Road be trimmed and that crews check a bridge that appears to be sinking on that road near LaRue County Country Club.
Pat Helm, emergency medical services director, reported the resignation of full time Emergency Medical Technician Wendell Perkins, effective July 14, and Heather Vertrees going to full time EMT on the same date. The service had 94 ambulance transports last month.