Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – Marshall County will receive $615,325 to re-pave sections of 15 roads.
At the Sept 4 meeting of Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Mike Miller announced the State Rural Secondary Road Fund grant would go toward resurfacing parts of Fulks, Mermie, Walnut Grove Church, Washburn, Woodall Cut-off, Capp Springs, Vaughns Chapel and Calvert City roads, Jolly Roger and Pembrook drives, Dogwood Trail, and White Dove, Little Rock, Butler and Atlanta lanes.
Miller said the grant was more money than expected.
In other business, the Court also approved the purchase of a road patching machine. The single bid came from Equipment Marketing Company of Cloverdale Ind. For $69,200 with a $5,000 trade-in credit for the county’s current machine.
The court originally approved a purchase through the Kentucky Organization of Counties without bidding for the equipment, and Miller asked commissioners to rescind the purchase and rebid. He said the terms of this bid were identical to the five-year lease-purchase agreement originally selected.
After a consultation in executive session with Lisa Carter, assistant county attorney, Miller announced the results of legal research on the creation of a county Refuse Board. Miller said according to a section of Kentucky law, the city of Benton is entitled to a board appointment. The county is also entitled to at least three appointments.
Commissioner Misti Drew said the Fiscal Court is now seeking someone to serve on the Refuse Board. Ideally, she hoped the individual would have experience with solid waste or county service and represent North Marshall County.
Bryan Cutsinger, director of Marshall County Emergency Medical Service, also approached the court with a request to purchase a stretcher for the services new ambulance.
Cutsinger said he normally includes a stretcher with a bid for the ambulance, but forgot with this purchase. He added stretchers usually have a 5-year life before becoming unstable and unsafe.
The court noted the ambulance came in beneath the budgeted amount and leftover money was used to purchase the stretcher. Commissioners accepted the one bid received for $5,896 from Stryker.
At the end of the meeting, Dennis Dunn, a resident of Phillips Lane, asked commissioners what could be done about improving the visibility on his road. Dunn said limited visibility and width made the road unsafe.
Commissioner Bob Gold said he had spoken to Dunn’s neighbor, Gary Young, about possibly obtaining rights-of-way to widen the road and allow vehicles to turn on the road safely. Gold said the county would expand the road and move fences in exchange for the rights-of-way. He added Young had rejected the request.
County Attorney Jeff Edwards said the county had legal grounds to obtain the rights-of-way through imminent domain.
Miller said he would draft a letter asking Young to appear before the court to discuss options.
Gold asked that condemnation of the rights-of-way not be considered at this time, as the county had never used that option in the past.