|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last Monday the Lewis County Fiscal Court began the meeting by approving financial
support for the Lewis County Conservation District in the amount of $15,000 for the
current fiscal year.
Pauline Applegate and Attorney Lloyd Spear appeared before the court to appeal for the
annual donation of $7,000 for the Adult Literacy Council.
Both expressed gratitude to the court for its past generosity and help for the council.
In the future, however, the Maysville Community and Technical College will run the
Spear told the court that the local organization is no longer offering services to the
community as of July 1 but still has some closing expenses to pay. The donation would be
applied to those wrap up costs.
He said that last year the Adult Literacy Program received $108,000 from the state and
$7,000 from the county.
Spear explained that some confusion exists over funding from the state and that has put
the local program in a tight spot, but he thinks the problem can eventually be resolved.
The court moved to approve the donation.
Helen Rayburn, treasurer of the local public library board, stood before the court and
told them that she had a surprise for the judge executive and the magistrates.
She jokingly said that usually when she comes before them she is asking for money for
the library but this time she is inviting the court to a dinner at Noon on the day of its
next regular session. The library is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in
When she announced to the court that the library has been renamed and is now the Helen
H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis County she was rewarded with a resounding round of
Rayburn thanked the court for its contributions to the library over the years.
She said, "Without the fiscal court we wouldnt be where we are."
On August 2 the library launched its new automation system, and the entire library
catalogue is now on computer.
Lewis County Judge Executive Steve Applegate introduced Katrina O. Bradley to the
magistrates and other county officials.
On July 1, 2004, Governor Ernie Fletcher and Secretary Clay Baily appointed Bradley as
the new Chief District Engineer for District 9 of the Department of Highways under the
jurisdiction of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The district office is located in
Flemingsburg. She replaces Jim Rummage who now holds the same position in Lexington in
Bradley told the court that she is no stranger to the district since she has worked
there for 19 years.
She in turn introduced Randy Stull, P.E., the Transportation Engineering Branch Manager
for Operations for District 9.
Bradley informed the court that her office in District 9 maintains over 1,900 miles of
highway and of that 240 miles are in Lewis County, and about 100 of those miles are on the
rural secondary roads.
Bradley said that four projects have been authorized for resurfacing in Lewis County.
She listed KY 1306 from the junction of KY 9 to the junction of KY 8, a distance of 6.9
miles; KY 2523 from KY 9 to the junction of KY 3037; KY 57 from mile point (MP) 14.3 just
north of the Pine Grove Church Road to MP 16.5 to the junction of KY 8; and KY 1237 MP 3.1
to the junction of KY 57 to MP 4.4 to the Mason County line.
She also listed the following maintenance activities scheduled: clean the benches on
KY 9; T-rails for slips will be placed in five locations: KY 1306 from MP 2 to 3; KY 9
from MP 20 to 21; KY 1149 from MP 7 to 9; KY 344 from MP 5 to 6; and KY 989 at MP 8.
Bradley told the court that beginning this year all requests for road repair based on
the county's priority list should be in the Flemingsburg office by November 1.
She said that once her office gets all the requests they would evaluate the roads,
compare the estimates and work with the fiscal court to prioritize the request of routes.
Bradley explained that her office prioritizes roads by looking at the volume of
traffic, the connectivity of the roadways that provides access to the state roads, the
condition of the pavement and the drainage structures. The recommended roads should be 12
feet or greater in width.
She also said that the Transportation Cabinet was looking to give priority help to the
counties with long-range plans, and she explained that that meant a minimum six-year plan,
and Lewis County does have such a plan already in place. The Cabinet also now requires
that a professional engineer or engineering consultant assist the counties in planning
their work needs.
After Bradleys presentation each magistrate asked about one road in his
respective district. Milt Stanfield asked about 344 in the First District. Keith Chapman
inquired about Straight Fork in the Third District, and Todd Ruckel queried her about
Quicks Run Road in the Second District.
She and Stull told the magistrates they would check into the status of those roads.
|The court moved to approve the annual parking
lot lease agreement for employee parking with the Farmers Cooperative Insurance Company at
a cost of $1,200.
Amy Kennedy from the Buffalo Trace Area Development District attended
the meeting and was accompanied by the President of the Regional Planning Council and
Maysville Zoning Administrator Matt Wallingford. They appeared before the court in order
to educate the county judge and the magistrates on forming a Countywide Planning
Commission in conjunction with the City of Vanceburg.
Kennedy explained that the City of Vanceburg plans to form a Planning Commission, and
the mayor is required by law to invite any other governing entity in the county to join
the effort. Therefore, both the Lewis County Fiscal Court and the community of Concord
were sent letters inviting them to join the commission.
She said the court has 60 days to respond from the date of July 14, the day letter was
received, and if the court does not respond then the city will take it that the county
does not want to participate in the activity. If the court does move to participate then
after that sixty days the city and county will establish a Joint Planning Commission.
Kennedy told the court that the community could have a Planning Commission without the
zoning or vice versa.
Within the context of establishing a commission she defined planning as "an
organized way of determining community needs and of setting goals and objectives to
address those needs, and is a forward thinking process that bridges the gap from where we
are to where we want to go in the future."
She said that the reasons communities plan are to prepare for the future, to
accommodate the present, to maximize community strengths, to minimize community
weaknesses, to secure a sense of community coordination, to build a sense of community and
to provide for the public health, safety and welfare.
Kennedy explained that if the court voted to participate with the city then the next
step would be to establish a Planning Commission with a board that could number anywhere
between five to 20 members depending on the population. Two thirds of the board must be
citizens and the other third could be elected officials. The board would then create and
participate in a comprehensive plan that would establish goals and objectives that would
have to be authorized by all the planning organizations involved.
She said that after that different elements are looked at within a comprehensive plan.
Some of those are transportation needs, land use planning and community facilities.
Kennedy added that after the land use element is completed zoning ordinances could be
worked on although zoning is not a requirement.
She said that the City of Vanceburg created a comprehensive plan about two and a half
years ago as part of the Renaissance Program. Those comprehensive plans must be revisited
every five years and updated.
First District Magistrate Milt Stanfield told the court that he did not want to vote on
the issue at the meeting because the whole thing took him by surprise and he didn't want
to vote on something he knew so little about.
Magistrates Keith Chapman and Todd Ruckel both said that they had considered planning
and zoning for a long time and could both vote to go with the commission right away.
However, the court decided to defer a vote until a recessed meeting scheduled for
Thursday, August 26, at 9:30 a.m.
The court approved the annual dues for the Buffalo Trace Area Development District of
$1,200 for the current fiscal year.
Jailer Tim Underwood explained three changes made in the Lewis County Detention Center
Policy and Procedures Manual for the fiscal year 2004-05. The changes include no
inmate-to-inmate mail between prisons or jails; no person paroled on a felony conviction
will be permitted to visit the jail; and a minimum of $100 worth of property will be
permitted in the jail. The court approved the manual with its changes.
The court then entered a closed session regarding threatened litigation. Although no
action was taken during the closed session three motions were rapidly made as a result of
the session. After 52 minutes the court returned to open session.
Keith Chapman moved to rescind the vote made at the July 12 meeting awarding the
blacktop bid to Brown Construction Company.
Todd Ruckel moved to award the bid for initial treatment to Mountain Enterprises based
on its bid of $35.25 per ton.
Milt Stanfield moved to award the resurfacing blacktop bid of $36.53 per ton to Brown
Each of those motions carried in order.
The court approved the treasurers report and all claims for the General, Road and
Bridge and Jail Fund accounts. No transfers of funds were made during the past month.
Upon the request of Third District Magistrate Chapman the court moved to rename a road
marked as Bentley Alley back to its original name of Wilburn Lane.
Emergency Management Director Carl Chaney requested that a small television be
installed in the dispatch office in the detention center so the dispatchers could have
access to weather alerts in times of emergency. That request was tabled until Judge
Applegate can look into the matter.