BROOKSVILLE — The second reading of an amendment to the Augusta Regional Water Authority sewage line project was approved on Wednesday.
The ordinance, originally passed by the fiscal court in 2005 and amended in 2017, requires all customers to be hooked to a sanitary sewer system, when available, if the resident is within 300 feet of the line.
With this new amendment, residents may have their sewage system inspected by the health department. Should their system be found in proper order, the resident will receive a 10-year permit which will allow them to not hook up to the sewer line.
The 10-year inspection process would continue until the resident’s sewer system was no longer operable, in which case the connection to the line would be required.
The second reading of the amendment was approved unanimously.
During the meeting, the magistrates also discussed the possibility of removing North Shady Lane from the county road system.
Bracken County Judge-Executive Earl Bush said the road has only one property owner who lives at the end of the street, and has placed a gate at the end of the roadway.
“The road dead ends at (Richard Welte’s) residence,” Bush said. “But, according to state law, it is illegal to put up a gate on a county roadway.”
Welte asked the court to reconsider closing down the roadway. He said he put up the gate about 20 years ago to deter thefts on his property.
“It’s been there 20 years,” Welte said. “I was told by the judge-executive at the time that I could do it. I’ve had my tobacco stolen, my equipment stolen and I was trying to stop that. I didn’t put it up to privatize the road and I’ve given keys out to get in. No one has had a problem with it. If the county doesn’t maintain the road, I can’t maintain it. I won’t have a way to remove the snow and ice. That road is dangerous when it’s icy.”
Bush said in order for the county to continue to maintain the roadway, the gate would have to be removed.
“You will have to take down the gate,” Bush said. “It can’t stay up and open; it has to be taken down.”
Magistrate Scotty Lippert said he was not against the county continuing to maintain the road if the gate is removed.
“Can we put up a ‘no outlet’ sign there? A sign wouldn’t cost us that much,” he said. “I’m not against us maintaining it if the gate is removed.”
Magistrate Clark Hennessey agreed.
“We’ve had that section in our road system,” Hennessey said. “We do minimal work and repairs on it. If he’s going to move the gate, I don’t see why we wouldn’t continue to maintain it.”
Bush also said there would need to be a turn around spot for road department crews.
Welte said he would allow road crews to turn around at his property.
“I can move the gate back far enough that they could turn around,” he said.
The discussion was tabled until crews could look at the road and find a suitable spot for turning.
The magistrates also talked about Tanyard Hill in Germantown.
Germantown City Council Member Dan Adams said Tanyard Hill has been maintained by the Bracken County Road Department for about 30 years, but it stopped in 2016.
“It’s always been maintained by the Mason/Bracken Road Departments. In 2016, it was discovered the road was a city road and Bracken County stopped maintaining the road,” Adams said.
According to Bush, Mason County continues to maintain a portion of the roadway, because it is a part of the county road system. That is not the case in Bracken County, however.
Bush said, in order for the county to accept the road into the county road system, it would need to be brought up to county standards.
Adams said if the city made the necessary repairs to the roadway, it would wipe out the city’s road department budget.
Magistrates discussed a second option, which included an inter-local agreement between the county and Germantown that would provide the county with some kind of funding for maintaining the roadway.
The discussion was tabled until a contractor could be brought in to make an estimate on road repairs.
Also discussed at the meeting was a rubberized asphalt project, which will begin on Thursday along Dover Road.
“Rubberized asphalt is when they take recycled tire and grind it into asphalt to place on the roadway,” Bush said. “It’s supposed to be quieter, smoother and easier to maintain,” Bush said.
Other items discussed at the meeting included:
— A proclamation declaring September Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation was made in honor of Gracie Hurst, a 9-year-old Bracken County resident who died from Ovarian Cancer.
— Announcement of a bicycle ride that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 through Bracken County. Roughly 400 cyclists will begin in Maysville and bike through Bracken County during the day. There will be various stopping points for the riders throughout the county.
— Approving general claims.