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July 7, 2014

Laurel County Fiscal Court rejects salt bids

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Seeking the best price for the county’s salt supply resulted in magistrates rejecting one bid and agreeing to purchase salt from the state.

Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield addressed the issue at a special-called meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court on Tuesday afternoon, stating that the Kentucky Association of Counties had incorrectly paired Laurel County with some northern Kentucky counties which require more supply of the winter salt - thus causing the price estimated for Laurel County to be considerably higher than in the past.

“They somehow paired us up with Boone and Grant counties and gave us a price of $105 per ton,” Westerfield said. “I’ve worked out a deal with the state to deliver to the county road department for $20 to $25 cheaper a ton.”

The KACo bid is done online through a reverse auction, and Westerfield said the increase in price was not suitable. Laurel County usually orders and stocks 1,200 tons of salt for each winter season, Westerfield said. But the grouping with northern counties that receive more salt with Laurel County resulted in the higher costs, which Westerfield urged magistrates to reject.

The action was listed on the agenda for last week’s regular monthly meeting of the fiscal court but was tabled at that time and added to the special-called meeting on Tuesday.

An item passed on Tuesday’s meeting was a personnel issue, which Westerfield explained was due to the absence of Laurel County Attorney J. L. Albright. That particular item - which cannot be discussed publicly at this point due to involvement of a county employee -- will be the topic of another special-called meeting on Tuesday, July 8. Westerfield said the decision of the fiscal court would be made public after discussion with Albright and the magistrates.

“We don’t have all the details yet,” Westerfield said, “so we can’t make any decisions at this time.”

Other items on the agenda included appointing a committee to review Blakley Road in District 6. Noah Baker and Billy Oakley were appointed to that committee.

Magistrates also approved claims that have come in after last week’s meeting to be paid as well as other routine business actions listed on the agenda.

 

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