By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week the Lewis County Fiscal Court encountered a constant problem: maintaining the county roads.
A resident of Blue Springs appeared before the court to ask if the court could extend service to Blue Springs Road for about two more miles.
He said that the wind had blown his neighbor's barn into the creek totally blocking it, and now the water runs down the road.
County Judge Steve Applegate told him that he would have Road Foreman Dane Howard look at the road and report back to the court.
Randy Thornton of Willim Branch made about his fourth appearance before the court in two years asking for help with that road.
Thornton said that no rock was on the road and it is completely mud.
He asked, "How are we going to get it fixed?" Thornton became visibly upset during the discussion.
First District Magistrate Milt Stanfield told him that he isn't the only man that's got mud.
Stanfield stated, "I've got through roads in the same condition you're in, and you're on a dead end road."
He continued, "The boys are doing the best they can do."
Thornton replied, "I knew this was going to happen. If any of you, any of the magistrates, the newspaper or any one wants to ride up this road, show me that it's not in need of work, with a school bus on the road, I will stay out of this office."
Applegate assured Thornton that the court would look at the road again and re-evaluate the situation.
Records show that last year the county government spent $15,000 on Willim Branch for a piling project, repairing a slip on the road and adding gravel.
During a fiscal court meeting during the tenure of George Plummer as County Judged Executive, Stanfield made the comment, "Maintaining the roads in Lewis County with the money we have is like spreading one jar of peanut butter on a whole truckload of bread."
The court gave second reading to a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and adopted the legislation. It will go into effect upon publication in this paper and is also on file in the Flood Plain Office.
It applies to all special areas of flood hazard within the jurisdiction of the county as identified by the Federal Insurance Administration. The ordinance stipulates that no structure in those areas can be located, extended, converted or structurally altered without compliance with the ordinanceís provisions. A permit for any such work must be obtained from the Floodplain Administrator and the Kentucky Division of Water.
A fine of $250 for each day of violation will be levied against violators of the ordinance.
The court approved the 2004 Lewis County Sheriff's Department Fee Settlement. Sheriff Bill Lewis reported that the excess fees turned over to the county total $3661.44.
County Clerk Shirley Hinton also presented her department's fee settlement for 2004. She said that receipts for 2004 totaled $1,809,896.45.
Disbursements came to $1,789,546.81 leaving excess fees of $20,349.64 to be turned over to the county government. The court approved the settlement.
Three officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for District 9 attended the session and announced their department's recommendations for the Rural Secondary Road Program.
Katrina Bradley, Chief District Engineer introduced Randy Stull, Transportation Engineering Branch Manager for Maintenance and David Leach, the engineer for Lewis County to the court.
Stull reported that the allotment for the Rural Secondary Program for Lewis County for 2006 is $853,500. Of that total the Transportation Department has set aside $395,362 for routine maintenance and administration and the remainder of $458,138 for improvements.
The Transportation Cabinet will recommend KY 984 for improvement, which is Cabin Creek Road, from the Mason County line to the junction of 3309, a little over two miles, at an estimated cost of $113,000. The second priority is the resurfacing of KY 344 from Foxport at the Fleming County line to the junction of 559 at Petersville, a little over six and a half miles, and the estimate for that project is $355,000.
The court passed a resolution approving its priority list for next year. It includes six blacktop roads and one gravel road. Topping that list are Quicks Run, Cabin Creek Road and Murphy's Lane in Garrison.
The court approved a request by Peoples Self Help Housing to adopt Deerview Lane into the county road system. That request approval means that the Road Foreman will inspect the street to see if it meets all the requirements mandated by the county and will then make a recommendation to the court.
By approval of the court Loil Jordan was reappointed to the Garrison Fire Tax Board.
The court also approved a $250 donation to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Lewis County.
A contract amendment between HMB Professional Engineers, Inc. and Lewis County was approved for the amount of $4289.
The court gave first reading to a budget amendment ordinance to show the receipt and disbursement of unbudgeted funds totaling $75,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Lewis County.
In a matter of routine business the court approved the annual order setting the maximum amount of the salaries for deputies and assistants.
In other routine matters the court approved the treasurer's report and the claims and transfers for the General Fund, Road and Bridge Fund and the Jail Accounts.
Stanfield presented a petition from the residents on Holly Road to the county judge. The petition requests that the road be repaved. Applegate announced that the Kentucky DOT is taking steps to repair Holly this year.
Applegate also announced that the next Lewis County Cleanup Week is scheduled for Sunday through Saturday, March 20-26. That week old tires and appliances can be taken to the county lot at no charge.