By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The regular meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court dealt with routine business, most of which involved roadways and saving county money.
The money issues surrounded refinancing bonds the county holds on Laurel Heights elderly facilities, a topic the court deals with nearly every year. By refinancing the bonds, the county can reduce the interest rate and free up more of the county’s money for other projects.
The second issue of money concerns the current Global Positioning Monitoring Program, more commonly known as the home incarceration program. The first reading of Ordinance 350.0 addresses the Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) in which the county jailer will oversee the program and companies providing that service will submit bids to serve the county’s needs for home incarceration services.
Magistrates approved the RS program by state Transportation officials. Lonnie Morgan with the District 11 office outlined several roads that the state will resurface this year. The county also took in two roads for maintainence--Huff Road and Matthew Lane. Both roads were divided when the new Ky. 30 was built and state transportation officials no longer do maintenance on those roads. The two stretches of road measure only four-tenths and one-half mile so the county agreed to maintain those two roads. Magistrates also authorized Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield to advertise a public hearing to take Loman Young Drive back into the county road system.
Other actions included:
• Appointed Danny Smith as the fiscal court representative on the Laurel County Fairgrounds board
• Accepted the finalized 2011 budget for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office
• Accepted the newly surveyed measurements for Carson Lane, Thorne Hill Drive and Belmont Drive, whose measurements had been misconstrued to the Transportation Department.