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10 - May 21, 2015 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook COMMUNITY Fiscal Court. approves roa00l repair project, discusses culvert ordinance, Blevlns valney sewer expansion By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup sentative, was present at the meeting and told court members that her com- pany had done erosion re- pair work before and was aware of all environmental standards associated with the project. She said that a soil conservation inspector would also be presented during the entire project. She also agreed to look at other erosion-related road projects around the county, including at Val- ley Road, Sanderson Road, Stepstone Road, and North Lick Road. Following lengthy dis- cussion court members agreed to have County Attorney Kim Hunt Price to research and draft a county ordinance relating to replacement of culverts. Court members consid- ered the measure at the request of County Road Foreman Randy York. York said that future" re- placement of culverts on county roads needed to have certain standards in place, including the use of culverts 15 inches in di- ameter or bigger, and set- ting a limit on one load of rock to be provided by the In addition to approval of a first reading of the FY 2015-16 county budget, court members worked through a busy agenda dhring their regular May meeting last Thursday. Court members award- ed a contract to repair extensive erosion along Prickly Ash Road to King Creek Drilling. The com- pany had submitted the only bid, $38,655, for the project, which was under the estimated cost of re- pairs. The project will address 100 feet of the road, which was affected by extensive flooding this spring, and 75 percent of the cost will be covered by funds from the Natural Resources Conservation Service,13 percent covered by the state, and the remaining 12% by the county. The county will haul away de- bris as well as provide rocks for backfill. Barbara Whitaker, a King Crete Drilling repre- county. Other items to be includ- ed the ordinance were that landowners would have to purchase the culvert, and the county would install it; the culvert to be replaced would be no longer than 24 feet, and any greater length would be the re- sponsibility of the land- owner; culverts have to be either metal or smooth- lined plastic; and no more than 16 tons of rock would be used. Court members dis- cussed a possible expan- sion of Bath County Sanita- tion Board service to more residents along Blevins Valley Road. The board currently provides sewer service to over 80 households in the Preston area, with the pos- sibility for expansion of up to 150 units on the current system. The request to extend service would con- tinue along Blevins Valley Road to Old State Road at the Hatfield subdivision. Judge Rogers said that the Sanitation Board cur- rently has $58,000 in its account and would seek funding for the project through the Gateway Area Development District. Rogers said that resi- dences with existing sep- tic tank systems would have the opportunity to have their overflow routed into the expanded sewer system. Price said that she had completed her research on insurance requirements for using work release in- mates in Bath County. She said that the county has good liability for working inmates from KACo and Public Entity insurance that will cover up to seven inmates at a time. She also noted that the county currently did not have insurance coverage for individuals doing com- munity service work in county offices. Jailer Earl Willis said that all inmates for work release are chosen in con- sultation with District and Circuit Court judges as well as with the County At- torney and the Common- wealth's Attorney, and are non-violent offenders. Judge Rogers said that work release inmates do- ing roadside garbage pick- up would start Monday. In other matters court members also: approved an annual agreement with the Rowan County Detention Center to house inmates for $35 front of the building approved an annual road salt contract with De- troit Salt Co. for $82.25 a ton - approved the reappoint- ment of Mary Lou Pruden a day , to the Bath County Fire - approved the hiring of . Protection District Board Danny Belcher as Deputy Jailer agreed to commit to provide a $5000 match to- ward the purchase of play- ground equipment at the Owingsville/Bath County Sports Complex on Wells Road if the City of Ow- ingsville, the Park and Rec Committee, and a private donor each also contribute $5000 to the project - approved the reappoint- ment of Tim 'q'inker" Ray to the Bath County Sanita- tion Board - approved the lease of a skid steer loader for $819 a month with a $1 buyout at the end of 60 months from a single bidder, Montgom- ery Tractor Sales, as well as the purchase of a trailer to haul it for $3300. - approved a first read- lease agreement with the Administrative office of the Courts (AOC) for lease of 90.8 percent of the Courthouse Annex for $119,633, and approved a list of suggested improve- ments to the building, including replacement of the ailing heating/cooling unit, replacement of the windows, drywall work in the downstairs rooms, and replacement of the side- walk, porch, and railing in approved an annual hag of an ordinance setting electrical inspection fees in the county at $65 (or 1 percent of the total cost if the project is over $50,000) and permits for $20. The Judge Administrative Sec- retary and Assistant Ad- ministrative Secretary will be responsible for issuing permits. set the next meeting date for the Fiscal Court for Monday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Grant,available to local ag producers The following grants are available to local agricul- ture producers through the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural De- velopment: Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants Deadline: June 18, 2015 Funding Amounts: Awards range from 815,000 to $250,000 Egible Entities: farm- ers market associations, government, tribal enti- ties, and non-profits. Contact: http:// grants/view-opportunity. htm1?oppId=276335 Overview: The USDA Food and Nutrition Ser- vice is offering grants to increase farmers markets participation on Supple- mental Nutrition Assis- tance Program (SNAE, also known as the food stamp program). Value Added Producer Grant (USDA-Rural Devel- opment) Deadline: July 7, 2015 Funding Amounts: Plan- ning-S75,000; Working Capital-S250,000 Eligible Entities: Ag- ricultural producers and producer groups Links: http://www. services/value-added-pro- ducer-grants Overview: The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program is for farmers who add value to the agricultural commod- ity in at least one of 5 pos- sible ways, such as chang- ing it in some way. The most popular methods we see are change in physical state (think milk to cheese, cow to hamburger, berries to jelly), marketing it lo- cally (premium on local produc0, and produed Budget cont. from page l. $16,000 for juvenile incar- ceration in Ashland. This was the last county budget prepared by Coun- ty Treasurer Doug Co- pher, who announced his retirement effective July 1. Judge Executive Bobby Rogers and Commissioner Millard Pettit both said that they would miss Co- pher and his knowledge of the county's finances. .Copher said that he had held the Treasurer's posi- tion for ten years and two months. Following a twenty minute executive session at the end of the regular meeting, court members voted to hire Jeremy Bai- ley as the new County Treasurer, at a salary of $35,000 a year. Fiscal Court members also voted to accept a ru- ral county road aid agree- ment with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in the amount of $880,797, which was $191,000 less than was previously ex- pected from the state but was up $30,000 than antici- pated earlier this year, due to less revenue available because of a decline in gas tax revenues. The Kentucky General Assembly passed legisla- tion during their recent legislative session that set a floor on the state's gaso- line tax. be arraigned in Bath Dis- trict Court on Tuesday, May 19. The arrest of Denkins makes the sixth person residing within a mile and a half of one another in the Peasticks community to be arrested for alleged drug trafficking. The other five individuals are Cassandra Demaline (Brent Lane), Dennis Jent (Adams Road), Lloyd Razor (Adams Road), David Penick (Adams Road), and Leah Kelly (Ad- ams Road). All individuals are con- sidered innocent until prov- en guilty or pleading guilty in a court of law. Jail Bill cont. fro page 1. bers that while judges in District and Circuit Court are willing to look for al- ternatives to jail time for many individuals accused of crimes, they "will not amend down felony drug charges." Price also said that while some are being sent to drug rehabilitation, funds for this are not fully avail- able. She said that in every case, there are orders to get jail bills repaid by de- fendants themselves, al- lowable under Kentucky statutes and known as "re- coupment fees." She said that they are starting to see some collection through that process. County Judge Executive Bobby Rogers asked about increased medical expense for inmates associated with those arrested who are in- toxicated by the stimulant drug "bath salts" as well as for those with injuries. Price said that it is im- portant to make sure that the individual in custody to submit their own private insurance or Medicaid card to pay for the medical costs. She said that in many cases it is up to the health care provider to accept the in- surance. County Jailer Earl Willis told court members that hospitals are not consis- tent with accepting patient insurance. "One time they say yes, one time they say no," he said. Last year Fiscal Court members approved the creation of the Bath Coun- ty Home Incarceration Program, which selects individuals accused of non- violent crimes to wear an ankle bracelet and being subject to 24 hour monitor- hag and random checks. This was done to control incarceration costs associ- ated with District Court cases but has since been extended to Circuit Court cases at the discretion of judges. Individuals are ex- pected to cover the cost of random drug testing while incarcerated. Subscribe +o 00/our Io00,al news! Call 606-6-Tq--999q- +oda00. in a manner than enhanc- Deadline: July 8, 2015 es value (think organic/ Funding Amounts: Up to sustainable). It requires $10,000,000 a dollar-for-dollar match Eligible Entities: Gov- and is paid on a reimburse- ernments, Higher Educa- merit basis, but some of tion, and Non-profits the match can be in-kind. If Contact: RCPP website you are interested, contact for more information or me at mchristy@kcardky. KY's NRCS office at (859) com for more information 224-7350 immediately! Overview: RCPP is a To see more fund- Natural Resource and Con- ing available, and other Regional Conservation servation program aimed resources, visit www. 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