Carroll County Fiscal Court briefs - July 13, 2011

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Court approves first reading for reapportionment plan

By of a vote of 2-1, Carroll County Fiscal Court approved the first reading Tuesday of the ordinance to accept, in its entirety, recommendations from the reapportionment committee.

Magistrate Dean Miller cast the dissenting vote, because he said he was not ready to accept the results.

Miller said he has no problem with what the three-member committee did, but said he wants to see the numbers from the 2010 U.S. census that explains why the changes are needed in the first place.

Third District reapportionment committee member Grover Crawford explained that the census divided the area into blocks, but did not list the number of people in each block. It was the board’s job to make sure the districts lined up.

In the June 28 fiscal court meeting, County Clerk Alice Marsh said the census showed that District 1 had 93 people fewer than it should, while District 2 was over by 58 people. The committee decided to move a three-block area located between Clay and Hawkins streets to between Fourth and Fifth Street in Carrollton.

Once the area was moved, Crawford said Tuesday, the computer automatically calculated the number of people in each district, but did not provide that number to the board.

Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson recommended approving the first reading of the ordinance, reminding the court that  changes may still be made before the second reading.

Tomlinson told Miller he would talk to Jeff Burton of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District about getting those numbers by the next meeting.

State increases aid to county for Painter Bridge project

Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson reported to Carroll County Fiscal Court that the state increased the amount of assistance to the county for the replacement of the Painter Bridge, located on Painters Road off of East Prong Locust Road.

Originally, the state had approved $76,000 for the project. However, costs have increased and, after discussing theproject with county officials, state officials decided to increase the amount to $137,500 using an 80/20 grant.

The county will be responsible for paying 20 percent of the total cost of the project.

Tomlinson said he is waiting on the documentation from the state before he advertises for bids. He hopes to advertise by the end of July.

Minor-league baseball team reimbursed for tourney fees

Fiscal court authorized spending up to $200 to reimburse a Carroll County minor-league baseball team’s expenses on a state tournament trip.

Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the team of 10-year-old baseball players played in a state tournament in Frankfort and had spent $200 on gate fees and certificates the coaches needed.

The team had initially asked Parks and Recreation for reimbursement.