Fiscal court finds a little extra for budget

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County gets nearly $25,000 from utility

By Molly Haines

The Owen County annual budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has a little extra money heading its way.

During a special meeting of the fiscal court Sept. 22, the court voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance amending the annual budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the county received a bond fee from Kentucky American Water for $24,990.

Keith requested the bond fee from Kentucky American Water to cover the cost of administrating a bond sale.

“Kentucky American Water wired t­he bond fee to our account at Peoples Bank,” Keith said. “Because the money was unanticipated when the budget was approved, it has to be amended to include the bond fee.”

The court also approved a $2,075 bid from Greg Estes to paint the county clerk’s office.

Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said the office had not been painted since it was purchased about 10 years ago.

Several roads throughout the county will be resurfaced. They are Pleasant Grove Road from Wilderness Road to Dogwalk Road, Beverly Lane from U.S. 127 to Brush Creek Road, Elmer Davis Dam Road from U.S. 127 to the end of the road and Lucas Lane from KY 845 to Pennington Lane.

The court voted to approve a resolution and agreement between the state, Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid and the Owen County Fiscal Court for the resurfacing.

The county will pay $165,734 for the completion of the work but will be reimbursed by the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

Keith said the county would like to see all four roads completed by winter.

“We picked roads that had a lot of potholes,” Keith said. “Beverly Lane is really bad. I received a lot of calls on it.”

In other action, a motion was made to hire Charlie Ellis as part-time driver for the Northern Kentucky Transit.

A motion was also made to not grant mileage for the building inspector.

Keith said the building inspector had requested mileage, but because he receives a large percentage of each assessment, the court voted against the request.