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County to get nearly $1.5 million in road aid

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By Randy Patrick

Nelson County will get nearly one and a half million dollars from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid this year.

On Tuesday, the Fiscal Court approved agreements with the state for the county to receive about $1,337,000 in County Road Aid funds and nearly $144,000 in Municipal Road Aid money.

The money for both programs comes from a local portion of the state taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel and are used for construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges. The municipal aid money is for streets in urban areas that are outside city limits. The cities also get money from that fund.

The money is for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said the county will get most of the money in August and about 30 percent in January, and at the end of the fiscal year there will be a close-out payment.

Budget in works

The Fiscal Court will have a special budget work session at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Old Courthouse.

It is to present the county judge-executive’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1.

The magistrates gave final approval Tuesday to the Nelson County E-911 Central Dispatch budget for the new fiscal year.

The emergency services dispatching program for the county and its cities is expected to receive $1,054,100 in revenue and spend $995,050. That is about $92,000 more than the program has spent so far this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Also during the meeting, the Fiscal Court accepted, but did not discuss, the Nelson County Cooperative Extension Service’s 2020 budget, which anticipates receiving nearly $397,000 in income and spending $380,000.

Air board packed

At the urging of Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton and Watts, the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport Board is being expanded from six to 10 members. The appointments of two new members, Tim Filiatreau and Kerry Pulliam, were approved by the magistrates.

U.S. 150 meeting

Watts announced that the Transportation Cabinet would hold a public meeting on the Springfield Road (U.S. 150) improvements Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church.

Last year, the state widened the U.S. 150 bridge over the Bluegrass Parkway. The next step is going to be to realign the entrance to Maywood so that it comes out on Parkway Drive at the traffic light and realign the entrance to Leslie Ballard Road.

Humane Society

It’s going to cost the county more to run the Nelson County Animal Shelter than it was when the Humane Society was managing it.

Watts said during the meeting Tuesday that he has done interviews for one full-time and two part-time employees, and he anticipates those salaries and benefits are going to be closer to $100,000 than to the $63,000 annually the county was paying the nonprofit group to manage the shelter along with its adoption and spay-neuter programs.

Watts said he has also talked with County Animal Control Officer Royce Fitzpatrick about him being in charge of overseeing the shelter.

The judge-executive said he expects the county to have to pay more for food and medicine for the stray dogs and cats because the Humane Society was getting much of it donated because of the tax benefits of its 501(c) 3 nonprofit status. However, the county can also accept donations, he said.

Community Clinic

Margaret Neel, executive director of the Nelson County Community Clinic, asked county officials to tell their constituents about the service the free clinic has to offer.

The clinic started as a way to provide medical care for the uninsured, but under the Affordable Care Act and the state Kynect program started by former Gov. Steve Beshear, the number of uninsured fell dramatically. Now that number is edging back up a little. But the clinic’s mission has broadened to put more emphasis on dental care, prescription assistance and other services.

It is open Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the old St. Joseph Prep building behind Bethlehem High School, where it has been located for almost a decade.

What deputies do

Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa announced that the next Nelson County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy would begin on Monday, May 20, and last until July 1.

Classes are every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Applications are available at nelsonsheriff.com, on the sheriff’s Facebook page or at the office in the Justice Center compound.