Greenup County discusses road issues

Published 11:15 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Commissioners accept rural road aid, accept Olshea Hollow into county system

Kentucky Department of Highways, District 9 Chief Engineer Bart Bryant discussed funding and projects with Greenup County Commissioners during their regular meeting on Tuesday morning.

Bryant announced that Greenup’s total rural road aid funding for the year was $1,113,990, and that with additional state funds the total that would be spent on Greenup County roads this year came to $1,277,548. Most of that money will be used for maintenance like striping and pothole repair, Bryant explained.

After those projects are budgeted for, he explained, there will be $660,991 left for other projects in the county. Bryant said that $549,000 of that will be earmarked for state projects.

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The remaining $111,000 will be turned over to the county for road project flex funds.

One major project proposal that will be included is a resurfacing of Rt. 2/7 from the Carter County line, Bryant said.

Following Bryant’s explanation of funding, the commissioners moved to adopt an ordinance approving the funding agreement with the Commonwealth.

The commissioners also moved to close two roads off of Rt. 207. Greenup County Judge Executive Robert Carpenter read ordinances stating that there were “other roads to accommodate the general travelling public” before council moved to approve discontinuing county control of the right-of-ways.

The discontinued roads included the 0.1 mile CR 1651, or S&B Lane, and the 0.2 mile CR 1190, Palm Lane. Control of both roads, including a bridge on Palm Lane, was returned to the property owners.

While they moved to vacate two roads, they moved to accept another. Olshea Hollow, off of Rt. 7, will be accepted into the county road system if the road is graveled to meet the county’s expectations, Greenup County Road Superintendent Joe Taylor said. He noted that the 0.6 mile stretch of road was built to county specs, but that it did need gravel in some places.

Commissioners also moved to act on the FIVCO agreement to return property tax dollars to the East Park development. The county moved to allocate each of the other four counties’ shares of property taxes back to those counties, for them to distribute to the development on their own terms, and to return Greenup County’s portion of the property tax funds back to East Park. Greenup County’s share in the property taxes collected totaled just over $13,000.

The commissioners also approved the transfer of $2,720 to tourism, noting that Greenbo Lake resort hopes to be re-opened by Memorial Day.

Commissioners also moved to approve a $1.4 million contract with Perfection Group to do repairs for the Greenup County Detention Center, accept various department reports, issue proclamations commending Russell Middle School, Raceland High School, and Worthington Elementary for scholastic achievements, and declaring May Building Safety Month, to appoint members to various committees, and to accept $24,000 from the service department into excess fees.

They also approved $2,796.50 for servicing electronic voting machines to update batteries, and adopted a resolution allowing the city of South Shore to apply for a Land and Water Conservation Grant to move and house the “Indian Head Rock” in that city.

After entering executive session to discuss litigation the commissioners returned to hear the finance report, approve sending a $5,506.80 refund check to the River Port and to approve the transfer of $300,000 to roads, $100,000 to the jail, and $100,000 to the E911 departments, and to accept the financial report.