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Court OKs funds for clock repair

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By Sharon Graves

Repairs to the Courthouse clock tower and the Masterson House roof topped Tuesday’s regular Fiscal Court meeting.

The clock tower on the courthouse was damaged when Hurricane Ike blew threw Carroll County on Sept. 14.

“We have not spent very much money on that clock tower,” Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said.

The price for a new clock, all new parts and a new controller for all four clocks is $18,240. That price does not include the installation, Tomlinson said.

Without the controller, the price dips to $7,400 just for the damaged clock.

Tomlinson advised the court to approve the full list of repairs. If they have the clock tower opened up to make some of the repairs, it would make sense to go ahead and get the new controller, too.

After discussion, county attorney Jim Monk assured the magistrates that he would “get a contract that has all the details, and if it’s not right, we won’t sign it.”

Members of the Port William Historical Society, which owns and operates the historic Masterson House on U.S. 42 East, asked the court to release funds so that their contractor could get started replacing the building’s roof.

The court previously granted $15,000 for the project. The magistrates voted to release $9,400 to the group.

The American Red Cross, hit hard by needs created by recent storms nationwide, petitioned the court for a monetary donation. The magistrates voted against  the request, stating they didn’t want to send money out of the county.

Repairs on the Kentucky River Bridge linking Carrollton and Prestonville along State Hwy. 36 and U.S. 42, have shortened the fuses of some commuters.

“Every call I’ve received [is about the traffic problems],” Tomlinson said, adding that BrianYoung of the state transportation cabinet said the bridge is on track to be completed by the end of November.

Regarding needed repairs to the Lewis Road bridge in Ghent, Tomlinson said a short-handed staff at the Transportation Cabinet has asked the county to hire a consultant.

The county is considering replacing the bridge with large culverts.

“The state said they didn’t have a problem with [the large culverts], as long as someone in the engineering profession signed off on it,” Tomlinson said.

The court voted to allow Tomlinson to hire a consultant for the project.

Tomlinson also provided an update on work being done on State Hwy. 36 West.

The road recently underwent major repairs after heavy spring rains caused a severe slide, closing it off and on for several months.

The surface is still not smooth, and Tomlinson said the county highway department will pump grout into holes and dips that have formed along the road where the repairs were made. No timetable was set for the project.

Tomlinson also told the magistrates that  the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent notice that Carroll County and its small cities will be eligible for monetary assistance. State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations can recoup money for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. So far, he said, no federal money has been made available for losses suffered by individuals in the county.