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Work could begin on the first phase of the long-awaited Park to Park Trails project as early as next week.
Carroll County Fiscal Court awarded the contract for the project to Kemper Construction of Carrollton at its Tuesday, June 11, meeting. Cost of the project is $109,986, with $65,500 of that covered by grant funding secured in 2010 from the Recreational Trails Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.
Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the project has been delayed as officials looked for ways to work around a slide area next to Lock No. 1 for the trail linking General Butler State Resort Park with Robert Westrick Memorial Park.
The slide area has not been stabilized and continues to grow. Tomlinson said officials, at one point, considered a pedestrian bridge to cross it, but that proved both expensive at about $110,000 and could have failed depending on the erosion around the slide area.
Instead, they developed an alternate route. “We just go around it,” Tomlinson said.
The trail will now come from Lock No. 1 to General Butler, cross over at the lake and go to near the mini-golf course. From there, it will cross behind the state park housing, around the tree line and behind the National Guard Armory. He said the trail will cross Jay Louden Road, follow it up to Hwy. 227 on the Herb Kinman Chevrolet side of the road and cross Hwy. 227 next to Sonic, where it will end at this point.
Originally, the committee working on Park to Park Trails hoped it would extend all the way to the county park. However, Tomlinson said the cost of having to perform a couple of surveys and the changes in the route didn’t leave enough to run the entire distance on this first phase.
The county also experienced some delays in having to take its new plans back to the state for approval to ensure they meet their requirements to receive the grant money.
“These things are complicated,” Tomlinson said.
The county has until September to complete the work under the final extension it was awarded for this grant.
Tomlinson indicated at the meeting that he planned to reconvene the Park to Park Trails committee for another meeting.
On Friday, he said he may do this as a courtesy in the next couple of weeks to update them on the project.
Roadwork under way around the county
Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said roadwork continues on many fronts in the county with additional projects ready to get underway. Last week, he said, milling on Park Avenue (Hwy. 227) near the intersection with U.S. 42 started. With this project, work will take place from Friday night through Monday mornings for three to four weeks, he said. “Whatever they tear out, they have to have back in place by Monday.”
Work continues on both the paving of Interstate 71 and replacement of the Locust Creek bridge on Hwy. 36.
There were also delays on starting the Buffalo Creek bridge replacement project. Low-bidder Luhn and Oak was not on the state-certified contractor list. They have now been added and work started Monday, Tomlinson said. However, he said the delay may mean the road will not reopen by the start of the new school year. The bridge has to be completely removed to measure for the new beams that will be put in place to hold the new bridge deck planned as part of the $110.000 project.
Repairs to Camp Kysoc
Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said a contractor hired to make repairs on the roofs of two buildings at Camp Kysoc has notified his office that it will not do the project.
Tomlinson said he is working now to secure an alternate contractor for the work, which is covered under the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s insurance policy on the facility.
“We have to work out with another contractor,” he said during the June 11 meeting.
Tomlinson estimates the insurance policy will save the county $30,000 to $40,000. He said he has had questions about the facility not being open. Tomlinson said “it’s got to be safe,” explaining there are a lot of trees down and other issues that need to be addressed first. “It is being utilized,” he said.
The county is renting the facility to groups for events. District 2 Magistrate Dean Miller asked about the indoor pool being available. Tomlinson said he expects some problems with it, but believes the structure and filtration system “look good.” It may be later this summer or into the fall before the county can address this pool.
Ambulance low bid wins approval
Carroll County Fiscal Court voted to accept the low bid from Lifestar Rescue Inc. of $114,110, with a $7,000 trade-in allowance, to purchase a new ambulance. Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ed Webb said there were two small issues with the bid submitted that he has cleared up. The company will remove radios from the old ambulance and install them in the new one. The company also will honor the warranty as outlined in the bid specification.
The county had two state grants for replacing the ambulance totaling $22,000 that will be applied toward the purchase. The county will pay the remainder of the cost.
Exterior work on courthouse begins
Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said a lift has been rented to begin scraping old paint off the clock tower on the courthouse. The county will have the lift for 30 days to get to these hard-to-reach places on the structure.
“I don’t know how long it will take,” he said. After scraping, Tomlinson said he will select a paint color that will blend in with the other work that has been performed on the exterior of the courthouse.