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Construction abounds this summer in county

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By JACOB BLAIR

The News-Democrat Intern

Ongoing roadwork was the main topic of discussion at the Carroll County Fiscal Court’s regular meeting Friday, June 13.

Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson talked about CSX’s crossing on Hwy. 227 near the VF Outlet. He said even though railroad ties in the crossing were replaced a few years ago by CSX, the amount of traffic had deteriorated the crossing. CSX suggested installing a concrete railroad crossing instead of asphalt. He said a program is available where the state could help pay for the materials to replace the crossing.

The roadwork on Park Avenue from Fisher Avenue to Schuerman Street is still scheduled for completion by Aug. 1. The project removed a center median and added a center turn lane near Carroll County High School. Tomlinson urged drivers to be patient during the construction and use caution after he saw vehicles “flying through there.”

Other state projects include Hwy. 1226 from the Trimble County line to U.S. 42, between mile markers 0 and 4, which will be repaved by June 30, as well as Hwy. 1492 from the Trimble County line to Hunter Heights Road.

Hwy. 227 between Gillock Avenue and the Hwy. 36 intersection on Gap Hill, as well as Hwy. 47 from Hwy. 467 to the Gallatin County line will be repaved by Nov. 15.

County road crews also will work on Stafford Ridge Road, Tom Town Road, R.D. Kendall Road, the Burley Estates, along with Floyd and Joseph streetsin the Oakview Estates later this year. Stafford Ridge Road needs a base installed before the county will repave it, Tomlinson said. The approved cost was $220,000 and Ohio Valley Asphalt will do the repaving work. All of the county road work is scheduled for completion by Nov. 30.

The following also was approved at the June 13 meeting:

• Fiscal court approved a $340 invoice to upgrade the electrical system for the freezer used by the Carroll County Coroner.

• Nicholas Marsh was reappointed to the library board for a term ending June 30, 2018.

“It don’t hurt to have some legal presence (on the board),” Tomlinson said.

• The Court approved a motion to surplus some older county property, such as office supplies and vehicles. Tomlinson said the date for the surplus auction has not been determined yet.

• Fiscal Court renewed its service agreement with the Three Rivers Health Department for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.

• Fiscal Court appointed Marty Marshall as chairman of the Board of Assessment Appeals.

The next regular Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26.