During last Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Rowan County Fiscal Court meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $457,397 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on more than five miles of roadway.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures.

The significant investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth, according to the Cabinet.

“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on taking care of what we have at both the state and local level to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have a large impact in communities.”

Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark identified the road work as critical to meet the county’s needs for transportation safety and economic development.

“We are fortunate the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet understands these needs and provides this amount of assistance,” said Clark. “A portion of this funding will be used to resurface the MMRC Industrial Complex, a regional complex providing jobs not only for Rowan County but across the region. This complex is the first impression many new businesses see when looking to relocate and, simply put, we just could not have accomplished this without the help of the state.”

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by the KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.

Resurfacing work will address:

• Industry Road (County Road 1425) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.404

• Lake Park Drive (County Road 1429) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.374

• Carolyn Ingram Road (County Road 1073) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.206

• Eagle Drive (County Road 1817) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.303

• Kegley Ridge Road (County Road 1125) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.241

• Rockfork Road (County Road 1328) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.070

In other business, Fiscal Court approved:

• The reappointment of Bill Redwine to serve on the GADD Board joint appointment with the city.

• The first reading of an ordinance relating to the parking of a motor vehicle on county roads or right away of a county road and county owned parking lots.

• The first reading of an ordinance ending dog registration tags for animals in the county.

• First reading of an ordinance allowing authority to the dog warden to issue citations for violations concerning animal control.

• An agreement with Morehead Tourism for the management for the Rowan County Arts Center.

• Authorizing the county treasurer to transfer $75,000 to the Economic Development Council for funding of the strategic plan.

• An emergency amendment for an interfund cash transfer for the road fund due to unforeseen expenses such as Bratton Branch repairs, emergency bridge repairs, and not being fully reimbursed by the state for agreed emergency projects received $21,300 of agreed transportation amount which was $42,600.

• Entering a contract with Michael Mackin for payroll and profit tax collection as the Rowan County Tax Administrator for a term of one year at a rate of $48,000 annually. The Court also approved the hiring of an assistant for Mackin for temporary employment at a rate of $14 an hour.

• Adding the Rowan County Sheriff and County Clerk’s staff to the Fiscal Court MASA (emergency assistance) policy with premiums being paid by the court.

• A housing agreement between Montgomery County and the Rowan County Detention Center at a rate of $35 per day, per inmate.

• The reappointment of Michele Jessee as Rowan County Treasurer.

• An agreement with the city to contract ambulance and emergency services at a rate of $15,666.67 per month.

• The authorization of Clark to purchase a van for inmate transportation at the jail not to exceed $35,000. They also approved the installation of any necessary equipment not to exceed $15,000.

• Authorizing Clark to negotiate with Johnny Wilson to purchase a tandem dump truck for the road department up to $20,000.

• The first reading of an ordinance adhering to the state bid requirement change from $20,000 to $30,000.

Second readings of ordinances are to be held on Tuesday, July 16 in the Fiscal Court room at the courthouse.

Copies of all approved changes are on file in the county clerk’s office.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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