Dock deal done

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Owen will provide upkeep of new Gratz boat ramp

By Molly Haines

Owen County will be responsible for keeping the Gratz boat dock area clean once it is completed.
The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of understanding between Owen County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife at its Oct. 9 meeting.
According to the memorandum, the department of fish and wildlife will provide law enforcement patrols at the boat ramp on a regular basis and will be solely responsible for capital construction or capital improvements to the ramp.
The department is under no obligation to undertake any construction, repair or improvements and will be responsible for determining if construction, repairs or improvements will be undertaken.
Under the memorandum, Owen County will keep the boat ramp clean of any trash, waste and other debris that may accumulate.
The county is also expected to keep the ramp free of debris and sediment to permit the ramp to be used by the general public.
The county will also mow and keep weeds from accumulating along the sides of the boat ramp, entrance road and parking area.
The county is also expected to perform maintenance inspections of the ramp at least once every two weeks and submit a written report of the maintenance inspections to the department on a monthly basis.
The county will also assist the department in providing law enforcement patrols at the boat ramp.
Construction on the boat ramp is expected to begin this winter.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the ramp will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m.
In other action, the court tabled a discussion on switching telephone companies for county offices until its Tuesday meeting.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said switching phone companies prior to the Nov. 6 general election could affect Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid’s computer systems.
Keith said the court is looking into switching from Lightyear to AT&T for cost savings.
The court will hold its second meeting of the month at 6 p.m., Oct. 23, at the New Liberty Firehouse