County disposes of 8,000 tires, awards Dripping Springs culvert bid

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By Jeff Moore

The 2014 tire amnesty program, funded through a state grant, helped the county collect and dispose of 8,000 old tires. Tomlinson said two dumpsites were cleaned up through the project. One of those saw a Louisville man arrested for taking payment to dispose of the tires in that city. However, he allegedly brought them to a spot near English to dump them.

Tomlinson said the number of tires has declined with each of the amnesty programs conducted. The first about 10 years ago saw 30,000 tires collected for disposal. The next collected 21,000 tires nine years ago, then 15,000 tires six years ago and 13,000 tires three years ago.

Tomlinson said he believes the county is making progress in addressing the tire problem through the program.


Bid awarded for Dripping Springs culvert

Luhn and Oak of Carrollton was awarded the bid to install a new pre-cast culvert at Dripping Springs off Hwy. 55 in Carroll County. Luhn and Oak’s low bid of $36,500 was much lower than the one other bid received from Kemper Construction at $99,500.

Tomlinson said he will submit the project for state approval to ensure the county gets 80 percent reimbursement for the cost. Once he gets the OK, work can begin.

He said Hwy. 55 will have to be closed for about an hour to allow the culvert to be off-loaded for installation.

Additionally, he said several residents will not be able to use the Dripping Springs road for one night when it is installed. He is in the process of contacting those who live there to make plans for the roadwork.


May proclaimed motorcycle awareness month in county

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson has proclaimed May as motorcycle awareness month. “The safe operation of a motorcycle requires the use of special skills developed through a combination of training and experience, the use of sound judgment and through knowledge of traffic

laws and licensing requirements,” the proclamation stated. More than 254,000 Kentuckians have valid motorcycle licenses, and Tomlinson said many of those live in the county and the region. “During May 2014, this special Motorcycle Awareness Campaign encourages other motor vehicle operators to be cautious and join the safe sharing of roadways throughout the state, especially during the seasonal return of motorcycles to Kentucky’s streets and highways.”


Fiscal court approves several appointments

At the recommendation of Tomlinson, Carroll County Fiscal Court approved the appointment of Mary Frances Mefford to the Carroll County Library Board for a term ending June 30, 2018. Mefford will fill a seat held by Greg Goff.

Fiscal court also reappointed Ann Deatherage to the Council on Aging for another two-year term, ending June 30, 2016. Paul Gaines was appointed to fill a vacancy on the County Board of Assessments. His appointment has no expiration date.

A vacancy on the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Board was left open. Tomlinson said he wanted to appoint park manager Dave Jordan. However, Kentucky State Parks officials determined his appointment could pose a conflict of interest, so Jordan had to decline.


Education funds OK’d

Carroll County Fiscal Court approved a request for $3,000 to the county’s adult education program. The money will help pay for GED tests for county residents.


Mesonet funding tabled

Carroll County Fiscal Court tabled a request from the Kentucky Climate Center to help fund the Mesonet weather station’s operation in Carroll County. Tomlinson said funds for the stations were secured through earmarks in the federal budget by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. However, funding is now running out, and Western Kentucky University needs assistance to continue operating the units.

Carroll County’s site is located on land owned by PMC Organometallix near Carrollton, county emergency management director Ed Webb said.

District 2 Magistrate Dean Miller asked to table the request for $5,000 to get more information on local support for the station from local residents, groups such as the Community Advisory Panel and industry.

Webb said all of those, in addition to farmers and his office, use data from the station to track local weather conditions.


Offices turn over their excess fees

Carroll County’s county clerk and sheriff came to fiscal court Tuesday to present their excess fees for 2013. County Clerk Alice Marsh gave a check for $5,590.96, while Sheriff Jamie Kinman turned in $13,954.52.