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Fiscal Court approves road improvements

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

The McCracken County Fiscal Court approved a facelift for two major roads in the county during a meeting Wednesday.

Court members heard about the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 allocation for the upcoming year, known as rural and secondary aid, and approved two primary road projects.

The total tentative allocation is about $1.1 million, with about $130,000 left over from last year. Following the subtraction for maintenance of about 100 miles of road at a cost of $5,078 per mile totaling $512,6000, and expenses for the judge-executive's office totaling $3,862, the county's balance for improvements is about $714,000.

The Fiscal Court approved two primary projects including asphalt resurfacing on Highland Church Road from Lovelaceville Road to the U.S. 62 intersection and on Old U.S. 45 from the intersection with Ky. 348 to U.S. 45. The two projects - about 6.2 miles total - would cost about $702,700.

Judge-Executive Van Newberry said county road officials drove other secondary roads and concluded that Ky. 970 and old U.S. 45 were in the worst condition compared with other roads in the county.

In other meeting business, the court proclaimed Saturday as Glen T. Bristow Day. Bristow was a 1964 graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and a Navy corpsman who died in 1967 during the Vietnam War. The class will hold a memorial service at the high school Saturday during its 50th anniversary weekend.

Fiscal Court members also approved a reduction of $41,275, to $3,254,725, in its Teletech contract. Newberry said the savings should allow those funds to be reallocated to construction of a new drive at the project site. The public-private partnership represents an investment from the city, county and Paducah Economic Development. The Teletech company promises to bring 450 total call center jobs to the downtown, city-owned Commerce Center and to a building in Paducah Commerce Park when renovations are complete.

The Fiscal Court meeting was to include a presentation from Tim Davis, animal shelter task force chairman, regarding the decision to recommend a renewed partnership with the McCracken County Humane Society. The committee voted 7-3 in April for the partnership.

The item was delayed for the second time because Commissioner Ronnie Freeman was absent and it was a specially called session, according to Newberry. He said the court will discuss the recommendation with a representative from the task force during the next meeting on June 9.

Newberry said the court could act during that meeting if a motion is made and seconded by commissioners or the conversation could extend to several sessions. The court is also set to hear the second reading of the 2014-15 fiscal year budget during the next meeting.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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