More roads to get makeover

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Keith moves to give county workers formal job descriptions

By Molly Haines

A discretionary road fund could lead to a total of 7.17 miles of maintenance on Owen County roads.
The roads could include Calendar Road, from the Grant County line to Brush Creek, a total of 1.4 miles; Agee Road, from Hwy. 845 to Garnetts Lane, a total of 1.24 miles; New Liberty-Sparta Road, from the last paving, a distance of 1.5 miles; Pleasant Grove Road, from last paving to Hwy. 607, a distance of 1 mile; and Eagle Station Road, from Hwy. 227 to Eagle Valley Road, a distance of 2.103 miles.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the Owen County Fiscal Court approved the state funding during its March 26 meeting.
The discretionary fund amounts to $200,000.
Keith said the county does not always receive the discretionary funding, and there is no order to which roads will receive maintenance first.
“I feel like we’ll be able to do all of the roads,” Keith said. “If not, we’ll choose roads from the list that are in the greatest need. It’s also contingent on how much the bids for the work are.”
A resolution approving a county road aid co-op contract for 2011-12 was also approved during the meeting.
Keith said the contract is approved each year, and the amount is based on a formula according to the total mileage of county roads.
This year’s contract is for $533,445, which also comes from the state.
The court held a second reading on an ordinance on the annual budget and amending the budget.
The budget was amended to include unexpected money from excess fees from the county clerk’s office, federal agriculture flood money, and a state recycling grant.
The court also held a second reading on an ordinance giving job classifications to county employees.
Keith said a job classification and a job description has been created for each county job.
Each county employee is expected to sign off on their job description by the end of the month, Keith said.
Permission to advertise for a new ambulance and for repairs to the ambulance building was also approved during the meeting.
The court held a workshop following its regularly scheduled meeting to discuss a bid for repairs to the Owen County Courthouse porch and to consider possible changes to the administrative code — a set of guidelines that county officials and employees abide by.
Keith said that during the month of May changes may be made to the administrative code; otherwise, changes must be made by ordinance.
“I’m looking at each department and evaluating it according to the new job descriptions,” Keith said. “We want to make sure we come up to the same standards as the state of Kentucky, including our bid process. I’m also looking at proper standards for employees as far as drug and alcohol use and proper conduct in the work place.”
The fiscal court was expected to hold its first 2011-2012 budget workshop today.