Bridge replacement discussed by fiscal court

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — An emergency declaration was issued by Fleming County Fiscal Court Tuesday to replace a bridge.

Magistrates met Tuesday morning, discussing an old bridge in need of replacement.

According to County Judge-Executive Larry Foxworthy, the bridge is located on Kentucky 111, what was once called Wyoming Road, and crosses one of the branches of the Licking River toward Bath County. While not many people live near the bridge, Foxworthy said residents do have farmland across the bridge, and that the structural integrity is severe enough for action to be taken.

“If there were more traffic involved with it, we’d have to close it immediately,” he said.

Foxworthy said Rgf., a construction company based in Flemingsburg, assessed the damage of the bridge and gave an estimate to the county of $45,000-$50,000. Under normal circumstances, the court would have to undergo a bidding process for the amount needed to replace the bridge, though the issue is mitigated by declaring an emergency for the bridge.

“It eliminates the need for a bid process,” Foxworthy said.

The court plans to apply for emergency road aid from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to acquire the funds to replace the bridge.

Also Tuesday, re-appointments were made to members of the hospital district board following their term expiration.

“They were already on the board, their terms had expired in either 2017 or 2018,” said County Attorney John Price. “There’s a case law in effect that says that you continue to serve if somebody hasn’t been appointed for you, but we didn’t particularly wanted to rely on that.”

The court approved the reappointment of Eric Barber, Jeff Schwartz, Harold Sorrell and Danny Palmer to each serve another three-year term on the hospital district board.

Price said he anticipates the district, due to not having any assets and no further liabilities, would move the court to discontinue its existence. The discussion regarding the board’s continuation, Price said, would have to be during the August meeting.

In other business, the court:

— Renewed its agreement with Softworks Inc. The agreement will allow Softworks to provide maintenance for the public government software in the county.

— Old office equipment was declared surplus by the court for disposal.

— A second reading was held to discontinue a portion of Kingston Drive from county maintenance. According to Foxworthy, the total length of Kingston Drive is 0.127 miles, with about two-thirds of the road discontinued at the request of the landowner living on the property.

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Jonathan Wright

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