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Roads spark debate during fiscal court

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Updated: 8:37 AM
By Jody Norwood jnorwood@heraldledger.com

Roads consumed much of the Lyon County Fiscal Court's April meeting.

Future and past paving projects led to a brief discussion between magistrate Steve Cruce and Judge Executive Wade White. Cruce spoke about expenses at the park and in other areas, expressing his dissatisfaction with county expenditures while neglecting some roads.

"We've got some roads getting in bad shape," Cruce said. "We're [paving] all the big ones, but not the little ones.

"I don't understand how we can keep spending out there, but we can't get any blacktop," Cruce said referring to the park.

White contested the claim, saying the county has overspent an average of $167,163 each of the last three years on county roads. White listed nine roads in Cruce's district in 2013 the magistrate had asked to be fixed. All but one -- Rusty Ridge Road -- were paved, according to White.

"From 2008 to 2010, before I was here -- when you were here -- we paved 31 miles of road," White said to Cruce. "After I was elected, in 2011 to 2013, we paved 40 [miles].... You brought up the park. The one place we haven't gone over budget since I came in office is the park. Five years prior to me coming in, we went over every single time."

White said the county has spent over its budget on roads the last few years as state dollars have reduced.

In a 2013 letter, White commended the community for doing more at the park, saying the county was able to do more thanks to time and monetary donations.

"In 2012-2013, we spent less taxpayer money at the park than the past six years," White wrote. "... We have done more for less because of volunteer work, private donations, inmate detail and plain hard work from the crew."

Also during the meeting, the court discussed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet proposed paving projects, and heard from Tommy Melton, road superintendent.

Recommendations were: nearly two miles of State Route 810 South, totaling $47,000; State Route 903 from State Route 93 intersection to the Caldwell-Lyon County line, totaling $216,000; State Route 730 from the Eddy Creek Bridge to State Route 293 intersection, at a cost of $137,000.

Melton told the court mowing and ditch work was already underway in parts of the county. Motorists are urged to use caution around mowing crews.

In non-road related discussion, the county approved its first budget reading of the 2018 budget. If passed during its second reading next month, the county will operate off a $6.1 million budget.

The budget passed 3-1 with Cruce dissenting. Cruce noted the budget was down from about $6.4 million last year, while criticizing the three percent across the board raises for county employees.

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