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County moving ahead with blacktopping plans

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By Molly Haines

Several county roads will receive blacktopping after the Owen County Fiscal Court approved a bid for asphalt surface at its Sept. 11 meeting.
The fiscal court received three bids for the surface, one from Rigler for $50.50 per ton; one from Mago for $61.50 per ton, and one from Ohio Valley Ashphalt, LLC. for $62 per ton.
Although Mago did not have the cheapest price, the court opted to accept their bid for the asphalt.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the key issue with Rigler’s bed was the distance down Interstate 71 the Florence-based company would have to travel.
“That would be a big distance and our people would be here waiting to put the asphalt down,” Keith said. “Mago has a plant at Lockport and we can haul the asphalt with our trucks.”
Keith said some of the roads that will receive asphalt are Todd Lane, Green Acres, Blanche Davis Road and JS Lane.
The work will be done with flex money, which is extra money from the state and discretionary money that the court applied for through the Kentucky Transportation Department.
In other fiscal court action, the court approved the purchase of one pickup truck for the county road department.
Keith said pickup trucks are averaging $23-24,000 on state bids.
The court also approved credit card processing for ambulance bills.
Keith said many people who come to pay their ambulance bills want to pay with credit cards and will soon be able to. The court approved the same system as the Owen County Clerk’s Office and the Owen County Sheriff’s Office already have.
“There will be no fees on county taxpayers,” Keith said. “Any fees will be incurred by those using the credit card.”
The court will meet at the South Owen Fire Department for its second regular monthly meeting and workshop at 6 p.m., Sept. 25.
The court has been making plans to meet out in the county so that constituents may address any problems in the meeting area, this will be the first of those meetings.
The South Owen Fire Department is located on Hwy. 1883 in third-district magistrate Teresa Davis’ district.