In their final regular meeting of 2019, Lyon County magistrates put the wraps on a few items that should make 2020 safer for residents.

Lyon Fiscal Court on Dec. 12 gave final approval to separate ordinances setting new speed limits on multiple county roads and establishing enforcement of local burn bans. Elected officials also approved a resolution to move ahead with almost $80,000 in drainage improvements along several roads before new asphalt is put down next year.

A 35 mph speed limit was approved for designated portions of Jack Thomason, Chestnut Oak, Bill Thompson and Jenkins roads. The new maximums were set based upon a recommendation from the sheriff's department. They will go into effect upon the ordinance's in publication in this week's issue of The Herald Ledger.

And the next time Judge-Executive Wade White issues an executive order prohibiting opening during heightened fire hazard periods, an ordinance will be in place to punish offenders. Until two weeks ago, previous orders like the one issued early this fall could not legally be enforced with penalties because no local law was on the books establishing the rule. However, with last week's approval, anyone cited for violating a local order to prohibit open burning could face a fine of no less than $500 or jail time between 30 and 100 days as prescribed by statute.

Finally, $1 million in county road paving slated for next year will be accompanied by drainage improvements to further enhance safety and preservation of roadways.

Magistrates last week OK'd a resolution to accept $78,260 in matching state funds to replace drainage structures before new asphalt is put down along some of the 25 county roads slated for upgrades.

White said because much of the county's 20% obligation will be provided through in-kind work, most of any financial outlay from the fiscal court will be reimbursed by the state.

"We really won't be out anything," the judge-executive said of costs for the drainage work.

On Monday, the fiscal court approved a resolution with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet agreeing to $647,000 in discretionary funding for paving county roads next year. State monies will put down about 10 miles of resurfacing across 10 roads, while the county will add almost $355,000 for 5.5 miles of new asphalt on the other 15 roads

About $522,500 will be completed next spring, with the balance in the fall of 2020.