Tribune-Courier News Editor
Marshall County will receive $1.55 million from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for rural secondary road allocation for 2013-2014 road resurfacing.
Mike Oliver, section supervisor for the Kentucky Department of Highways, District 1, said the county has an additional $$157,447 in undistributed funds carried over from last year.
“The money has to be spent in Marshall County. We always try to be conservative with the money,” Oliver said.
Oliver said the money would be spent on several projects. The first expenditure would be maintenance of 130.012 miles of road at $3,576 per mile totaling $465,012. A portion of the money would be spent on judge-executive fees at $3,862. The third portion of of the funding goes to the county road department as “flex” funds. Marshall County will receive $311,149 for this allocation.
“The percentage of the money for the flex fund is down compared to previous years, but we will be receiving more money overall,” Judge-Executive Mike Miller said.
The fourth component of the rural secondary program includes recommended improvements. Oliver listed six projects. Upon the list were Ky. 1211 from Ky. 402 to Ky. 1949, for a total of 1.27 miles; Ky. 1422 from U.S. 641 to Little Bear Highway, for a total of 2.558 miles; Ky. 782 from Ky. 795 to U.S. 68; replacing two culverts under Ky. 2606 and resurfacing Ky 1477 from Ky. 1462 to Ky. 58. The total cost of recommended improvements is $1,24 million.
“It will be a busy summer in Marshall County, but that is always a good problem to have,” Oliver said.
Commissioner Bob Gold asked about the rehabilitation of Flat and Curd roads after enduring heavy usage during the clearing and disposal of ice storm debris.
Oliver said negotiations for a settlement with property owners had concluded and the transportation cabinet plans to resurface the roads.
At the March 5 Fiscal Court meeting, Miller announced a grant of $10,714 from the Kentucky Board of Emergency Management Services. The grant would be used to help purchase a new ambulance.
Commissioners approved two bids from Country Chevrolet for the Marshall County Detention Center. The first was for a Chevrolet Express van for $29,500. The second was for a Chevrolet Tahoe for $27,900. These were the only two bids the county received for each vehicle.
Commissioner Misti Drew asked the court to consider using some of its property on the refuse center to create a firing range at the request of the Marshall County Gun Club.
“We’ve had more requests for concealed carry class in the first two months of 2013 than in all of 2008 due to awareness of possible gun control laws,” Drew said. “I’ve been told insurance requirements have been met. We would like to have a place to train.”
Miller said a location for a range could be problematic. The best location abutted the Clarks River Wildlife Refuge.
“We would have to build a berm, and that’s not inexpensive,” Miller said. “(The Kentucky Association of Counties) has said they would not insure it.”
Gold said the county would need to ensure shooters followed rules, and would need a range master during hours of operation.
Miller added he would not be opposed if a funding mechanism could be identified and shooters paid fees to use the range.