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USPS £45.26]; 50 Cents Both County/7' , udicial center plans hit snag Vol. 155 No.7 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Plans for a new judicial center in Owingsville have encountered a problem be- cause one property owner who offered to sell contin- gent on finding another home to move into has been unable to do so. Members of the Bath County Project Develop- ment Board ‘ overseeing the new judicial center discussed this issue dur— ing their regular February meeting held via Zoom vid- eoconference on Monday afternoon. Chairman Bobby Rogers said that property owner Steve Bashford has not been able to find another [suitable residence in the 'city to buy if he sold his cur- rent home at 52 Main Street »-for thepmject. Project architect Jeff V Fiscal Court outfits county road denartme with no euuinment By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The Bath County Road Department will be getting some new equipment in the coming weeks. During last Thursday’s regular February Bath County Fiscal Court meet— . ing, court members voted to approve the purchase of a Kubota M6060 tractor with cab for $35,188 and the lease of a four-wheel drive Chevy dump truck with salt spreader and grader blade for $91,000 for the county Road Department, to be financed over 5 years through the Kentucky As- sociation of Counties. The Fiscal Court received two sealed bids for the trac- tors, one from Montgom- ery Tractor Sales for the ‘Kubota, and another from Ag Pro for a John Deer 5065 SE for $36,250. At the suggestions of Commissioner Jamie Cline, they also approved the pur- chase of a new Tiger ditch- er for $10,890 from Wright Equipment. T 0 help pay‘ for some of the new purchases, court members also voted to sur- plus two tractors owned by the county, a Case-Interna- tional and a New Holland," and advertise them for sale on Govdeals.com. They also approved to 71 Miller l)r.. ()xs'ingsville, lflv 4(l3titl Ph.: 606-674-9994 Gregory told" board mem- bers that a site plan would normally be completed by the end of Phase B for a project like this. He said the surveyor had included the Steve Bashford property into his survey. Danny Rhoades, Execu- tive Director for Facilities with the Administrative Of- fice of the Courts, called the issue “unsettling,” since the state’s Court Facilities Standards Commission ap proved their plan on Dec. 4, 2020, fo. the new judicial center contingent upon the availability of Bashford’s home. Bath County Board mem- bers voted during their November 2020 meeting to make offers on the prop- erties of Steve Bashford and Harold Bashford, both located next door to one another on Main Street, to make space for additional parking for the new judicial center, which is located be- hind their homes on Water egm avertismg or two seasonal worker positions for the county road depart- ment The positions will be for 9 months and will pay $10 an hour. Court members also voted to approve an 80/20 project through the state for steel drilling by King Crete Drilling on North Little Flat—Ledford Road for $113,141, with the county to pay $22,677. They also voted to adver— tise for sealed bids for a low water bridges on McVey Road and Toy Road, to also funded in part under the A ‘state’s 80/20 bridge pro- gram. Court members also discussed maintenance of school bus turnabouts on private roads and drive- ways. County Attorney Kim Price said that the county cannot use public funds to maintain private roads, even for school buses turnabouts, While Commis- sioner Millard Pettit said it was something the county has always done in the past. LOGGING 606-845-871 8 ’l‘imber Management l Logging Fence Boards l Barn Siding Sawdust l Firewood (r) I )1 X l) I g: N K ,'rs‘=‘w-.;- '- .peopl-esbankofky.com M ~ r I.’ '.f r i t .l. t 1,. HM, ‘_ “Hunt. 1-888-445-BANK Bringing you Bath County’s News Since 1884 Street. Board members agreed to wait and see if Steve Bashford would be able to find another residence be- fore next month’s meeting. Ple has already sold the back portion of his property for the project Board members also voted to approve 'a requisi- tion certificate for $11,178 to Lynn Imagining provid- ing online document and records management for all plans, drawings, and docu- ments associated with the judicial center project. They also discussed a $20,885 in expenses in- curred by the Bath County Fiscal Court regarding the purchase of the final mobile home on the Denton prop- erty as well as legal filing costs. A requisition certifi- cate will be requested from the Administrative Office of Snag . cont. on pg. 10 uge xecutive ogers also brought up how this might affect trash pickup in the county by Advanced Disposal, which also use those turnabouts. Price said she would look into the matter. . In other matters, court members also: * approved a first reading of a ten year cable franchise agreement with Spectrum to provide cable television service for the county * approved a motion to advertise for a residential appraiser and surveyor for the county’s old jail building approved the first read- ing of an amendment to the county’s alcohol beverage control ordinance to allow for the creation of a special Sunday retail drink license (to allow alcohol sales by the drink), to replace the word “restaurant” in sec- tion 9 of the ordinance with the word “business,” and to create a'dormancy clause in the ordinance that will cause an active alcohol sales license to expire if a Large Selection of H Rocker, Wall Saver, Thursday, February 18, 202 Photo by Cecil Lawson The groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, and as promised, Mother Nature has delivered a few rounds of ice and snow beginning last Wednesday evening and continuing through Tuesday. Last Wednesday's freezing rain and snow caused thousands of people in Bath, Menifee, Rowan, and surrounding counties to lose power due to falling trees over power lines. State, county and city road departments worked to clear roadways, while local rural power cooperatives serving the area labored around the clock and with assistance from out of the area to restore power. Local counties judges all declared states of emergency. A second round of sleet and snow froze roadways again on Monday, in time for the Monday evening commute, but the area managed to avoid further freezing rain as temperatures stayed in the lower 205. Another storm front was expected to move through the area on Wednesday eVening and Thursday, followed by’ warming temperatures over the weekend. business is closed for more than 90 days. Judge Rogers said the first two changes are aimed at helping a new business, The Barnyard Venue near Sharpsburg which plans to open in the spring, to have Sunday sales if they scheduled, per- formers on that day. * voted to advertise for sealed bids for the sale and/ or removal of mobiles homes located on the Gary Denton property in Ow- ingsville. County Attorney Price said the last tenant there will be vacating by mid—March. She also said that all remaining buildings on the Denton property will be demolished by the con— tractor for the new judicial center. Funds from the sale of the mobile homes will go to the judicial center’ 5 proj- ect fund. * Court members agreed to move ahead with legal action against individuals who have been given two notices to pay their county occupational taxes but have not Judge/Executive Rog- ers said the overall amount owed is in the “tens of thou- sands of dollars.” County Attorney Price and Trea- surer Cline agreed to set up a meeting this week to Photo courtesy of Bath County Sheriff’s Department Bath County Sheriff’s Department would like to congratu-, late Deputy Tanner Tout for receiving the 2020 Governor’s ‘Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement. . Thank Tanner for your dedicated service and ' 8 10499 02178 9 keeping our highways safe! 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