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By JULIE BALL HAMBRICK
Special to The Trimble Banner

Milton Commission

A number of items were addressed during the business conducted at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Milton City Commission.

Jeff Woods of Raisor, Zapp and Woods updated the commission on the city’s yearly audit. According to Woods, the city’s anticipated $108,000 general fund expenditures cost $33,000 more than expected.

Loans supplemented many of the city’s operations this year. However, according to Woods, Milton “can’t do this forever.”

He projected that general-fund tightening will likely continue for the next few years. “This trend is common among most municipalities,” Woods explained. “Every city is struggling in this economy.

“But you’ve really turned a corner – especially with water and sewer,” Woods remarked to the commission. With grant monies coming in throughout the year, Milton water and sewer funds grew by roughly $83,000 in 2012 – and only half that amount reflects the new rate increase. “Where you’ve come is amazing,” he said.

In his monthly update, Milton Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Long reported 27 runs in November, which brings this year’s record-high total to 223 runs as of Dec. 13.

November incidents included an vehicle crash on the Milton-Madison Bridge, a collision at the Milton pump station, and a motorcycle accident. Volunteer responders also tackled an illegal burn within the city limits. The responsible party is now subject to a $25,000 fine.

Commissioners agreed to pay the second of two $5,000 payments to Milton Fire and Rescue before the end of 2012. This city money goes to support Milton’s all-volunteer fire department.

Field coordinator Mark Bates showed photos of newly painted control panels now popping up throughout the city. Bates also reported electrical upgrades continue at the city’s pumping station.

At meeting’s end, Commissioner Tom Mahoney updated fellow commissioners on the recent sewer plant burglary. Although the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department recovered all stolen property, Mahoney reported the Kentucky State Police had made no arrests as of the December meeting.

All current Milton commissioners will return for 2013 duty, including Commissioners Lynn Comeaux, Jerry Harmon, Tom Mahoney and Cecil Robak.

The next meeting of the commission is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Milton Municipal Building.

Bedford Commission

Commissioners approved Kentucky League of Cities’ training for Deputy City Clerk Rita Davis. Mayor Russell Clifton stressed the importance of Davis’ participation to “gain all the expertise available.” Grant money will cover one-half of Davis’ upcoming training.

All current Bedford commissioners will return for duty in 2013, including Frank Floyd, Harold Greene, Darrell Harmon and Todd Pollock.

Bedford City Hall and Morgan Community Center will close Dec. 24-26 in observance of Christmas and Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

The next commission meeting is 10 a.m. Monday,  Jan. 21, at Morgan Community Center.

Trimble County Fiscal Court

During the Dec. 17 meeting, the members of the Trimble County Fiscal Court approved securing Jim Daugherty as the county’s electrical inspector. Daugherty is certified to conduct both commercial and residential inspections, according to Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell.

The magistrates approved the purchase of earthquake insurance. The cost of the premium is $1,561.

“If we don’t have (the insurance) and we have an earthquake we’ve got big problems,” Powell said. “I’ve got it on my house just in case.”

Trimble County Emergency Services Director Ronnie McCane told the court that the department’s new radios have been delivered. The court had approved the purchase of radios by the Trimble County Emergency Services at a cost of $15,720 during their November meeting. A grant to cover the cost has been approved by the state.

“They won’t be ready to be given out until after the first of the year. I have to go through them and register all of the serial numbers with Homeland Security,” McCane said.
--Dave Taylor