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12 January 21, 2021 News Outlook Motorplex cont. from pg. 1 Judge/Executive Bobby Rogers granted a permit to the track last year as a “place of enter-I tainment” under Kentucky statute to Saturdays from 12 pm to 1 am. and on Stindays from 1 pm. to 6 pm. Rogers granted the per- mit following a June 2, 2020, public hearing. This after a Kentucky State Police detective paid a visit to Baldridge after last Memorial Day week- end and told him he could not operate the track with- out a permit Baldridge said during the meeting he would like to have more hours during Site cont. from pg. 1 judicial Center, which will be located facing Water Street. The site currently has plans for 19 spaces around the building, 6 of which will be reserved for court officials. Gregory also noted that 2 to 3 spaces on Main Street would be lost due to the entrance of the pro- posed parking lot. He also pointed out that the residential charac- ter of the neighborhood could be kept intact with landscaping at the en- trance and through the addition of park benches. Board member Steve Go online with your Subscription to gain access to: Front page news articles; E-edition PDFs of the paper Sports coverage Obituaries Classifieds Multimedia Video Legal Advertising the week for junior racers as well as an opportunity to “test and tune” on Friday evenings. He also said he would also like to be able to open the track on Mon- days during the three ma— jor holidays. County Attorney Kim Price said that she was un- sure if they wouldbe able to go through the permit. ting process again but that “statute does not prohibit it.” McCloud said he was fa— miliar with the statute and said when it was written, “Racing cars was never in anyone’s mind at the time.” Price replied that there was an Attorney General’s opinion which noted that the statute did apply to rac- ing facilities. The last time a permit Calvert said he would feel more comfortable with 50 total spaces, while board members Judge Don Blair, Judge Williams Lane, and attorney Leslie Smith said they would not be concerned with more than 45 spaces, because additional parking could be had at the courthouse annex lot across Main Street. Corky Mohendal, with the Administrative Office of the Courts, asked how this would impact the bud- get, and Michael Smith said it would cost $1500- 2000 per space at the lot. Gregory said they would be able to give more exact numbers to board members after they receive a final site survey COMMUNITY was issued for the track was in 1995, when one was granted to former owner Gerald Ingram when it first opened. McCloud asked to “re- boot” the permit process. J udge/ Executive Rogers noted that Baldridge could have appealed the hours in circuit court, to which Bal- dridge replied, “You told me there was no appea “We don’t need to get off to a start like that if want more hours,” Rogers said. Price noted that the per- mit process would have to be restarted, along with a public hearing, and Judge Rogers would still have to make a decision on the hours. She said that noth- ing could be done in Fiscal Court. from the project surveyor. Harold Bashford at 60 East Main Street has al- ready sold his property for the project, while Steve Bashford at 52 East Main has sold his back lot but only plans on selling the entire property after he has found another resi— dence. During the meeting board members approved requisition certificates to pay for $41,381 for ex- pense incurred by the Bath County Fiscal Court and for $174,316 for prop erty purchases from David Jackson ($30,000), Harold .Bashford ($105,000), and for Codell Construction for pre-construction ser- ‘ vices ($14,256), as well as additional expenses. ' $25 Good for one year of online access Visit kynewsgroupcom and Click “Subscription” to start your online subscription today. Grant cont. from pg. 1 that. Working with our local emergency respond- ers is something we enjoy doing,” Mischke said in an interview before the cer- emony. York said this was the third year in a row he has applied for the grant. York said the mobile command center will be built around a pull-behind RV trailer, With the front space converted to use as a command module. The trailer will also be able to assume the function of 911 Dispatch in case of emer- gencies. It will also feature As part of the condem— nation process for the Gary Denton property on Water Street, it was noted during the meeting that District Judge David Bar- ber had appointed three commissioners to do an appraisal of the Denton property. Board mem- bers also briefly discussed what to do about any rent- al income from tenants on Denton’s property. The next meeting of the Project Develop— ment Board is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, at 4 pm. The meeting is livestreamed on the Ken- tucky Courts of Justice YouTube channel. The Kentucky General Assembly approved $9.3 million for a new justice a telescoping mount on top With weather forecasting equipment and cameras. In addition to emergency situations and law enforce- ment incidents, York said the command center will be set up at events such as parades and Preston Court Days to relieve Bath EMS ambulances and provide first aid. He noted that it could also be used to set up at the upcoming Barn- yard Entertainment Venue at Sharpsburg, which is scheduled to open later in the spring. The trailer will be pur- chased from Summit RV for $7000, which is a large discount, York noted, “when they heard what we ‘center in Bath County during its 2018 session as part of the Administrative Office of the Court’s facil- ity construction budget. The local Project Devel— opment Board overseeing the project began holding regular meetings in Feb- ruary 2019. Board members in- clude, Chairman, County Judge/ Executive Bobby Rogers; District Judge Don Blair; Circuit Judge William Lane; Circuit Court Clerk. Claudette Faudere; local Bar Asso- ciation representative, at- torney Leslie Smith; and citizen member, Steve Calvert. County Attor— ney Kim Price serves in a non-voting capacity, and representatives from the L "MELNA were using it for.” York also said that most of the high tech equipment will be donated for com- mand center and that all expenses will be covered by the grant. Once the command cen- ter is outfitted and ready to use, York said an open house for the public will be scheduled. Marathon Pipeline has a 24 inch crude oil line that runs through the state of Kentucky, including Bath County, which goes to the company’s refinery in Catlettsburg. AOC’s Facilities Commis- sion also work closely with board members each month. The new justice center is expected to be built on properties located on Wa- ‘ter Street and Main Street in Owingsville. Proper- ties so far sought in the project include portions of properties belonging to Betty Bailey, Steve Bash- ford, Harold Bashford, and David Jackson. In August 2020 Bath County Fiscal Court mem- bers voted to condemn a property on Water Street belOnging to Gary Denton as part of the site plan. The justice center is ex- pected to be completed in 2022 or 2023. «um—x” $620119 Good for Months of online access For a year (only with existing print subscription)