The McCracken Fiscal Court on Monday approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting the county's comprehensive plan.
The plan, which serves as a guide for the development of the county, is reviewed every five years. Amendments to the 2018 plan include:
• The widening of U.S. 62 from Ky. 998 to the Paducah Information Age Park, improvements to Ky. 1286 (Friendship Road) from U.S. 45 to Ky. 994, improvements to U.S. 60 from Bethel Church Road to the four-lane facility, and modifications to the Interstate 24-U.S. 60 interchange (Exit 4) to a double-crossover diamond type.
• Removing Mid-Continent University from the community facilities section and updating the offered programs and enrollment numbers to the remaining higher education facilities.
• Updating the major employers of the county to reflect eight businesses that have more than 500 employees, eight with 250-499 employees and 16 with 100-249 employees.
• Amending the future land use map.
"We updated our table to take out the completed projects (from the 2013 plan)," said Greg Cannon, planning and zoning administrator for McCracken County, referring to the highway projects. "We also updated the table of the largest employers in the county. (The Paducah Economic Development Authority) provided us with that back in 2013, and they provided us with an updated list.
"The big thing is our future land use map. That's what we think is going to happen; it's planning ahead. It's not binding, so it's not like anyone's zone is going to change. If anyone wants to make a change, it helps us determine if that request fits the county's plan."
Other actions taken by the McCracken Fiscal Court Monday included:
• The fiscal court approved an interagency agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the purchase of road salt, for up to 1,000 tons at a cost of $82.97 per ton and up to 4,500 gallons of salt brine at a cost of 12 cents per gallon.
• The fiscal court approved the second reading of an ordinance establishing the protocols for the continuity of county government operations during a state of emergency. The ordinance details the succession of leadership, should department leaders become disabled.
• The court approved the Rural Secondary Program Agreement between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and McCracken County to include bituminous resurfacing of Bryan Road from Ky. 994 to a point two-thirds of a mile east of Houser Road; Luigs Lane from Ky. 339 to Durbin Lane; Wice Church Road from Ky. 1241 to the Graves County line; and Rice Road from Ky. 1241 to the end of county maintenance. The total cost of the resurfacing is $256,247.
• The court accepted the resignation of caseworker Nicole Shepherd effective Nov. 15. Shepherd worked in the Child Support Division of the County Attorney's Office for 13 years.
• Former Sheriff Jon Hayden was hired as a full-time detective, effective today.
• Glen Anderson was named to the Purchase Area Development District Economic Development Board for a term expiring June 30, 2020. Beverly McKinley and Vic Patel were both appointed to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, each for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2021.