Fiscal court approves road work

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By Molly Haines

Owen countians will soon notice improvements to several roads after the Owen County Fiscal Court recently approved a resolution and agreement for resurfacing.
The fiscal court held its second monthly meeting in September on Sept. 25 at the South Owen Fire Department, where the action was taken.
The resurfacing will cost $350,000, but Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said $100,000 of funding for the project will come from flex funds or extra funding from the state.
The remainder will be paid for with discretionary funds, which the fiscal court applied for through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The court approved for Mago Construction Company out of Bardstown to provide the asphalt at its Sept. 11 meeting.
Mago’s bid came in at $61.50 per ton.
The agreement is between the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid and the Owen County Fiscal Court.
The roads expected to receive resurfacing are Green Acres Road from the cul-de-sac to Ky. 1287; Blanche Davis Road from U.S. 127 to the end of county maintenance; Natlee Slatin Road from Ky. 607 to the Scott County line; JS Lane from Ky. 1669 to the end of county maintenance; Kays Branch Road from the Franklin County line to Ky. 368; New Liberty Sparta Road from the 2.563 mile of Ky. 36 to Old Sparta Road and Todd Road from U.S. 127 to the 0.9 mile.

In other fiscal court action, the court approved for Owen County Ambulance Director Kevin Luther to hire a full-time paramedic.
Keith said Luther did not have someone chosen to fill the position.
Keith said two members of the Corinth Fire Department attended the Sept. 25 meeting to discuss funding from the fire membership fees for a small ambulance service in Corinth.
Keith said the members are in the beginning stages of discussion.
The Owen County Fiscal Court will meet again at 6 p.m., Oct. 9 at the Owen County Courthouse.