Citizens gathered to voice their concerns over the fiasco surrounding the water project that will merge Barkley Lake Water District and the Cadiz Water Department if it is approved.
Despite the added attendance, public comments were not heard and saved for a special "informational meeting" of the Trigg County Fiscal Court this Thursday. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and Judge Executive Berlin Moore said there could be an engineer on hand to answer questions the public may have regarding the project. The meeting will be held at the Lexie Bush Convention Center due to the anticipated size of the crowd.
Moore said the meeting would be informational and no action would be taken. He also said the meeting is being held to answer public outcry that the ensuing water project has been kept under the table and out of public eyes.
For the regular agenda, the meeting opened with a presentation by Larry Davis of the Kentucky Department of Transportation. The representative on hand said that some roads in the county are in need of repair and the state owes Trigg County funds that were due last year.
"As you all know there were some funding problems last year on road projects and a lot of them were left with a 50-50 condition in (the projects)," Davis said.
The condition Davis referred to paid for half the projects the county pursued last year. This year the other 50 percent will be received this fiscal year for this year’s projects.
The proposed projects will repave nearly 7 miles of roadway in the county and will cost $362,619, which has been funded.
Almost $800,000 was allocated to Trigg County for repairs needed on roadways. Over half of that amount was used in maintanence leaving the $362,619 available for this year’s projects.
Scheduled for this year are three major roadways in Trigg County. Caledonia Road, Wallonia Road and North Montgomery Road are all due at least 1.75 miles of paving.
On Caledonia Road the county will repave approximately 1.8 miles from the junction of KY 1585 to the Christian County line at a cost of $84,301.
Wallonia Road will be repaired from KY 1507 to KY 124, approximately 2.8 miles, at a cost of $140,942.
North Montgomery Road will be repaved from Smith Lane to Old Hopkinsville Road, approximately 2.1 miles at a cost of $107,343.
A balance of $30,033 was left over and Davis suggested that the magistrates approve the use of that funding to repair a bridge on North Montgomery Road that is only one lane wide and at a sharp curve. Davis said the bridge will be widened and the curve will be softened.
Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark made a report to the magistrates regarding his budget for the 2005 fiscal year. Before he presented that information, he said that he needed approximatley $19,562.20 to cover expenses lost in the previous two years’ budgets. Clark said the department went over the projected budget due to inflated overtime costs as well as vehicle expenses.
The magistrates approved the allocation for past years and the current year’s budget unanimously.