The recommendation carries a tentative county allocation of $997,175 and an undistributed balance from last year of $134,757. After a deduction of $395,578 for maintenance of 123.618 miles of road at $3,200 per mile and Judge/Executive expenses at $3,862, the county has a proposed $732,492 for road improvements.
Oliver recommended 0.447 miles of Highway 124 in Cerulean for asphalt resurfacing at $33,218; 2.995 miles of Ky 634 for asphalt resurfacing at $169,467; Ky 126 for 3.026 miles at $208,215; Ky 272 for 3.678 miles at $232,555; and Ky 778 for 1.207 miles at $89,282. Magistrate Donnie Tyler noted the Ky 778 project would be for Will Jackson Road, not Siloam Road South.
“We’re estimating at $3,200 per mile which is the same is last year,” said Oliver. “We’re lower on manpower but the fuel cost is up. We anticipate that to be a wash. We estimate asphalt to cost $60 per ton, and hope it goes down, though I don’t foresee that happening.”
Oliver said that crews from Frankfort drive county roads to identify needs. He said that if projects cost less than anticipated, that funds could not be spent in other counties and would roll over into the next year.
The recommendation received support from a motion from Magistrate Larry Lawrence and a second from Magistrate Lacy Bush. It passed without opposition.
In other court business, Judge/Executive Stan Humphries announced the resignation of County Emergency Public Information Officer Matt Ledford. He said that Ledford wished to pursue educational goals at Eastern Kentucky University beginning in the fall and could not dedicate time as an unpaid volunteer to the position. Humphries said that the position would not be filled in the immediate and called upon county volunteer fire departments to release information about fires and other emergencies directly to the media.