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May 22, 2012

Fiscal Court to repair Hamilton Bridge

May 22, 2012 —       Updates on the progress of plans for the new animal shelter, Hamilton Road Bridge project and salt purchase agreement were provided Tuesday at the meeting of Rowan County Fiscal Court.

      Foundation plans for the animal shelter to be located on KY 519 have been approved in Frankfort and electrical service is operational at this time.

 Deputy Judge-Executive Jerry Alderman said the shelter’s building review will be completed and returned this week at which time bids would be sought.

      Recent flooding has caused additional damage to Hamilton Road Bridge, a span already on the 2014-2015 Kentucky Department of Transportation repair list, forcing the state to issue a 3-ton weight limit.

 Hamilton Concrete, located on the north side of the bridge, has been unable to receive concrete trucks since the weight limit was imposed.

      The Court unanimously agreed that repairs costing $26,000 should be made immediately.

      “The bridge is second in line on the state’s repair list,” said Magistrate Harry Clark. “Judge Nickell is working with the state to place the Rowan County bridge first on the list,” he continued.

      “Until that time, private property owner Coy Dehart who owns a portion of a private bridge/land next to Hamilton’s, will allow the concrete trucks to pass through his property while repairs are being made,” Clark added.

      Fiscal Court agreed that, in exchange for the use of the Dehart property, any damage would be repaired by the county.

       “It is great to see the community and the Fiscal Court rallying behind small business in Morehead,” Clark said.

      The Court was informed of an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the purchase of 600 tons of salt at $62 per ton for fiscal year 2012-2013 to be billed in three payments equaling $37,200.

      In other business, Fiscal Court appointed Tresia Swain and Carol Laferty to the Rowan County Public Library Board of Directors. Both will serve through 2016.

      Terry Ensor, president of Whitaker Bank and Keith McCormick, assistant Rowan County attorney, were appointed to the Rowan County Arts Promotion Foundation Board of Directors.    “These appointments will be beneficial to the arts group which has lacked financial and legal guidance,” Nickell said.

Kim Bandura can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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