Fiscal Court looking to replace Bush Road one-lane bridge
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Road and bridge improvements were the majority of what was discussed when Trigg County’s Fiscal Court met Monday evening at the courthouse basement.

The fiscal court unanimously agreed to begin advertising for bids for the Bush Road bridge project. Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said the bridge is one of the few one-lane bridges left in the county and is in dire need of being replaced.

“We received Flex Funding last year … for bridge or culvert repair. We had some preliminary work done at the Bush Road one-lane bridge,” Humphries said. “It got late in the year … but the money is still available, and it’s in Trigg County’s name.”

There is $85,000 in state flex funding available for the project, and while Humphries wouldn’t estimate how much the project will cost, he seemed to think it a forgone conclusion that the flex funding won’t cover the total cost.

“I’ve talked to the engineers who have been working on some of our most recent water projects. There hasn’t been a whole lot of activity to get a real good idea of how contractors are bidding,” Humphries said.

Although no action was taken on the item, Humphries also said that $85,000 in flex funding will be available for the a culvert expansion project for Riley Hollow Road.

The court also approved a list of roads that are to be repaired and resurfaced using $200,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Parts of Kingswood Drive, Allen Circle, Tuggle Road, Ramon Oliver Road and East Adams Mill Road will be repaired using the money, said Humphries.

“Essentially, they’re going to pay for these roads to be paved without using county funds,” said Humphries. He also said that if the cost of repairing these roads goes over $200,000, county funds might need to be used, however.

The court also unanimously approved a Homeland Security Grant resolution that will allow the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department to get grant money from the Law Enforcement Protection Program for six pieces of body armor. Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam said the grant they are applying for will only allow them to buy enough armor, and will only pay for $550 per armor.

“Body armor has a shelf life usually of five years,” Burnam said. He added that they will be able to find body armor for $550 or less

The court also voted to buy a $72,270 Super M Series 3 backhoe and a $27,226 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on state contract for the county’s road department. Humphries said the pickup would be equipped to be a service truck.

In other business, the court approved its monthly bills. Notable bills include a monthly transient room tax payment of $2,892 to the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission, a $7,000 payment to Bruce Green for the senior center and a $102,335 tax payment to Trigg County Hospital.
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