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Fiscal Court approves cooling tower bid, magistrates’ paving requests

Nelson Fiscal Court members from left, Magistrates Jerry Hahn, Jeff Lear, Bernard Ice, Sam Hutchins, Keith Metcalfe and Judge Executive Dean Watts.

 

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 — Nelson Fiscal Court approved a bid for cooling tower equipment discussed last month after state engineers inspected the low bid and found it acceptable.

County Engineer Brad Spalding explains the price hike in the county’s salt prices at Tuesday’s Nelson Fiscal Court meeting.

The cooling tower will assist with the cooling system at the Nelson County Justice Center, which is not able to adequately cool the building.

The two bids submitted were approximately $120,000 apart, and engineers reviewed the low bid to insure it met their specifications. With their approval, the low bid of $218,000 was approved. The county will pay for the equipment and will be reimbursed by the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.

JAIL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT. The court approved the purchase of a replacement brazing pan and cooker for the kitchen and the Nelson County Jail. The lowest quote came from Vittitow Refrigeration for $16,322. The appliance had been in the jail since it opened in 1989 and is used in preparation for all three meals, according to Jailer Dorcas Figg.

DISTRICT 1 PAVING REQUESTS. Fiscal court approved paving requests for the following roads in District 1:

–all of Nelsonville Loop for $36,321
— all of Bartley Lane for $6,641;
— 4,700 feet of Hall Simpson Road for $71,438
— 1400 feet of Hutchins Lane for $19,463.

DISTRICT 4 PAVING REQUESTS. The court also approved the following road paving requests submitted by Magistrate Jeff Lear:

— Lutheran Church Road, from KY 245 to Stonehouse Road, $87,026;
— all of Jessie James Road, $4,267
— 2,500 feet of Lasley Run Road, $29,409;
— Cook Road from Col. Cox Road to the end, $9,237.

County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau explained changes in state law that affect marriage licenses, vehicle tags and handicapped placards.

In other business, the court:

— approved a bid of $110 per ton for road salt for the coming year. The price is nearly double over last year because road salt supplies are down after the midwestern state’s winter. The Detroit Salt Co. was the low bidder. The county can buy up to 1,200 tons at the bid price.

“Keeping the roads clear so people can go to work is one of the most important things we can do in the winter,” Watts told the court.

— the court also approved adding the loop on Hutchins Lane back into the county road system. At some point the road fell off the county road maintenance list.

— the court approved the second reading of the telecommunications franchise ordinance that will allow the Kentucky Wired project to pass through Nelson County. The vote was 3-1, with Magistrate Keith Metcalfe voting no.

— approve the purchase of additional roll-off dumpsters.

— declared a 1992 Ford roll-off truck, 1999 F-450 pickup surplus equipment, and scrap an old compactor at the landfill that’s been stripped for parts.

— heard a summary of new state laws that went into effect Saturday, July 14, 2018, from County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau, including a prohibition on anyone under the age of 17 getting married. Someone age 17 can apply for a marriage license, but they are required to produce a certified copy of a court order from a family judge or district judge. There is a 15-day waiting period prior to the issuance of the license.

— Personalized plates currently expire at the end of the calendar year; however the expiration for personalized plates is being moved to the birth month like a regular plate. The state will no longer issue new metal personalized plates each year for renewals, only a decal will be issued when a personalized plate is renewed.

— Changes in the law mean that one handicapped placard will be issued to a person at no cost; a second one will cost $10. Replacing a lost or stolen placard will also cost $10.

 

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