Sheriff Brent White talks

Lyon County Sheriff Brent White speaks from the back of the room at the November meeting of the Lyon County Fiscal Court. He made comments and answered questions concerning speed limits on county roads. He, Judge-executive Wade White, and the magistrates agreed to review speed limits on various roads, several of which citizens have proposed.

The Lyon County Fiscal Court held its November meeting last week. Topics ranged from potential speed limit changes on some county roads to this year’s tax collection, the recent general election, the sale of surplus vehicles, and board appointments.

Judge-executive Wade White addressed the possibility of changing speed limits on specified county roads. Discussion included magistrates’ suggestions of some roads to consider.

“We’ve had some citizens petition the fiscal court as well as some magistrates to look at posting speed limits on some of our rural secondary, county roads,” Sheriff Brent White said, after the meeting. “Before we set those speed limit ordinances, they’ve asked the sheriff’s office and county road department to look at those. So, I went out and drove some of those roads.”

Among road names that arose in the discussion are Titus, Ladd, and Heath; Rose Lane and Kelsey Jo Lane, in Bell Hollow, off Ky. 93 South; and in the Rolling Mills subdivision area, Westerly Way, North and South Worthington Way, and Rolling Mills Road. One intersection in that subdivision might need a four-way stop, one participant suggested.

Recommended speed limits will be based on the topography, width, and sight visibility of each road to determine what speed limit would be most appropriate. Then, the fiscal court will make the final decision.

“In many cases, the roads are not marked with a speed limit. So, under Kentucky law, if the road is not marked, it becomes a 55-mile per hour, automatic limit,” Sheriff Brent White explained. “On some of these roads where citizens are asking for a speed limit, you can’t physically drive 55 mph, because it’s either narrow, curvy, or hilly. So, the people have asked their local government to look at this for safety reasons. I think that’s a great process.”

More suggestions of specific roads will lead to more investigation, discussion, and consideration. Another idea that emerged is that of examining such road issues every year in a specified month, possibly March, coming off winter weather, before mowing season begins.

As for tax collection, “We’ve received approximately $5.2 million, to date,” said Sheriff White, whose office is charged with that duty. “We’re looking at collecting between $6.7 million and $6.9 million total,” he continued. “By the tenth of each month, we’re required by law to distribute those tax monies to the various taxing districts here, including the county itself, the state, school board, ambulance service, library, health department, rural fire protection districts, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.”

Taxes the county collects don’t all go directly to county government. Some goes to the taxing districts to fund those entities, as required by law. “Our staff, especially, our chief financial deputy, Amy Penn, does a great job of making sure that we’re accurate,” Brent White said. “I made a point to check just before the meeting and since Oct. 1, $5.2 million has been collected. We’re well underway and it’s coming in, as we expected.”

County Clerk Lori Duff reported some 63.5% of registered Lyon County voters voted in the 2020 general election. “We had already had a 54% turnout of registered voters, as of election day,” Duff said. “Some of the other counties had (percentages) right around that.” Altogether, some 6,691 registered voters cast ballots in the county with a total population of approximately 8,314 people, according to the 2010 census. Of this unique year’s unusual election, Duff said, “I’m glad it went off as well as it did.”

The fiscal court voted to sell two vehicles. They’ll be advertised in the Herald Ledger. Interested individuals may submit sealed bids to Judge-executive White before the next fiscal court meeting.

The court reappointed Elizabeth Watson and Benji Trice to three-year terms on the ambulance board.

Sid Sanderson was reappointed to represent Fire District No. 2 on that board until June 2021.