County projects move forward as planner is sought on JCTC campus

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By Jeff Moore

Carroll County Fiscal Court has been busy with a streetscape project, along with working on a trails project, a bridge and the courthouse itself.

Magistrates got an update Tuesday, Aug. 13, on the many projects underway around the courthouse and the county.

Over the past several months, the sidewalks and lawn of the downtown courthouse have undergone improvements through a Streetscape grant project.

While the majority of the work has been completed, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said there will be some additional items tied to that contract.

Tomlinson said there are some areas of sidewalk that will have to be taken out and replaced.  Despite efforts to cleanup these areas, he said they “don’t look good.”

There are a few other items the contractor needs to tie down, he said.

A rail cap has not been staying attached on the railing on the Fifth Street side of the building, he said. The contractor has used new material to attach it and has used ties to hold it in place until it sets up.
“There will be a little more work to do,” Tomlinson said.

Five of the new shrubs planted in the courthouse yard have died and must be replaced.

 “We’d like them to do it in the fall,” he said. Plants that don’t make it through the first year are covered by warranty and will have to be replaced, even if they don’t make it through winter this year and into spring.

The sidewalk improvements were part of a $186,622 Transportation Enhancement grant for streetscape that the county received in 2009.

Park to park trails

Tomlinson said work continues on the Park to Park Trails project, funded with a $65,000 state grant. The project will create a trail between General Butler State Resort Park and the Robert Westrick County Park.

 “It’s going to look pretty nice,” he said. Workers have installed part of the path next to Sonic on Jay Louden Road.

The project will be complete early this fall.

Bridge reopens

The Buffalo bridge reopened Monday, Aug. 12. Tomlinson said he let the post office and schools know so they could begin using Buffalo Road again, eliminating the detours caused by the road closure while the bridge was replaced.

“It looks like they’ve done a pretty good job on that,” Tomlinson said.

Luhn and Oak Construction received the $110,000 contract for the project.

The old bridge had deteriorated and traffic was limited to one lane.

Roof replacement

Fiscal court voted to accept a bid from Nixon Construction to replace the flat roof on the Court Street side of the courthouse.

The project is expected to cost $13,865.

The replacement is needed due to leaks that are affecting the county clerk’s office, he said. Tomlinson said that within the next year, he hopes to have a new roof on the entire building.


JCTC Carrollton campus update

Kentucky’s Division of Engineering and Administration has narrowed its list of companies bidding to develop the master plan for Jefferson Community and Technical College’s new Carrollton campus.

The state agency is now looking at three proposals, Tomlinson told the court.  The project attracted national attention, which brought in a good number of proposals from within the state and around the nation.

He said this project drew interest of a good number of companies because it was not located in a confined city space. Instead, it will create a new facility in an open area across from a state park.

The award for the project will be made after Aug. 21, Tomlinson said.

The company selected will have 90 days to develop a plan for the campus. He said that is important so it will be available to help with pushing for funding during the General Assembly next year.

“We know it’s important to our neighboring counties as well,” he said.

He said employers, such as Itron in Owenton, are having a tough time finding workers with the necessary training.

Tomlinson said he has asked the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to look at the traffic that the college will create being directly across from General Butler State Resort Park. “That’s going to be a pretty congested area,” he said.

In addition to the park traffic on one side, there will be anywhere from 800 to 1,500 students and staff entering JCTC on the other side of the road.


Boat purchase tabled

Fiscal court tabled a request from the Carroll County Rescue Squad to replace the boat it has for water rescues.

Tomlinson said they were making the request because the area is now seeing a lot more boat traffic.

Magistrate Dean Miller questioned the purchase, saying what they have now is perfect for rescue. He said what they want is more suited for towing, not something they need to be doing.

Magistrates agreed to table the matter.


Meeting moved

Due to Tomlinson being out of town for a meeting, the next fiscal court meeting has been rescheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30.