Ball field repairs tabled for more info

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Carroll County Fiscal Court wants more information before awarding a bid to make repairs to three ball fields at Robert Westrick County Park.

At the Tuesday, March 26 meeting, fiscal court discussed the one bid it received on the project from Lexington firm Sports Fields for $65,104.

This price for the project concerned District 2 Magistrate Dean Miller, who wanted to know why this bid was so much higher than the estimate the county received back in December to do the work. That price was about $20,000, he said.

“It just seems too much,” Miller said.

Officials said they really want the work to be performed on the three fields prior to opening day May 11.

County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the work is needed to make the playing surface better because it currently has rock in it.

Tomlinson said he knows there was a difference in the amount of material removed from the fields in the two options. The $20,000 estimate would have removed two inches of dirt, while the bid called for removal of four inches.

Fiscal court agreed to table the bid and to look into the different proposals further. Miller said that if fiscal court needs to, he is open to holding a special meeting to vote so work can move forward.

Members agreed there may be a way to do the work without having to go through the bidding process, if the cost is less than $20,000.

On Monday, April 1, Parks and Recreation director Mike Battaglia said he is working on getting quotes on the work from other companies. He had one in hand and was expecting two others to come in.

He said he is working to see if the improvements can be made for under the $20,000 amount.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” he said, hoping they can get started soon.

Wheeler named to tourism board

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday, March 26 to appoint Misty Wheeler to the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism board. Wheeler, who was recently named the new manager at General Butler State Resort Park, will fill out a term through December 2013.


County road aid contract accepted

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted to accept the county road aid plan offered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The county will receive $398,721 for the county’s roads during the 2013-14 fiscal year.


Fiscal court receives jailer’s budget

Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey presented his $2.11 million budget to Carroll County Fiscal Court March 26. County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said it includes the county’s standard 3 percent raise for employees, along with adjustments for the cost of insurance. Humphrey said the budget has the funds included for another furnace, noting that they have already replaced the boilers at the facility.

In a separate item, fiscal court approved purchase and installation of a walk-in freezer at the jail that will total between $1,800 and $1,900. Humphrey said this will aid his staff in saving money by ordering more food in bulk.


Funds received for animal shelter

Carroll County Fiscal Court has received a $1,432.47 donation from the law firm of Quisenberry and Quisenberry in Calhoun, Ky., from the estate of Bland T. Hardison. In a letter to the county, the law firm states the money from the estate was distributed for animal shelters in all 120 Kentucky counties. At the end of the meeting Tuesday, District 2 Magistrate Dean Miller made a motion that was approved by fiscal court to donate the money to Carroll County Animal Support for its SNIP spay and neutering clinic.