Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from March 6

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By Randy Patrick

Stephen Foster Drama lease given to officials

Each member of the Nelson County Fiscal Court was given a copy Tuesday of the proposed sub-lease agreement between the county government and the Stephen Foster Drama Association for the J. Dan Talbott Apmhitheatre property at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

After a state inspection found electrical and structural problems that resulted in the outdoor amphitheater being closed indefinitely, county officials reached an agreement with the state in which the county government would lease the property so that private entities could raise funds and the city and county governments could take part in making repairs in time for the 60th season of “The Stephen Foster Drama” this summer.

Under the sub-lease, the Fiscal Court will lease the facility to the association to operate and provide theatrical shows, concerts and other entertainment.

County Judge-Executive Dean Watts, in presenting the lease to the magistrates, said he had not yet presented it to the association for its approval, but he had given it to the state for its review.

Watts asked the magistrates to read it over the next couple of weeks.

The next Fiscal Court meeting is March 20 at 9 a.m.

Soccer kicks off

County Recreation Director Tyler Wimpsett reported that Recreation Youth Soccer for boys and girls begins March 24 and 25 at Dean Watts Park.

Select Soccer started last weekend.

Bridge almost done

County Road Engineer Brad Spalding told the magistrates the contractor is done with its work on the Higdon Loop bridge replacement. The County Road Department workers still had some work to do on the approaches to the bridge. They’ll put down gravel, and after the asphalt plants reopen in the spring, they will pave the approaches.

“It will be open, weather permitting, next week,” he said.

Also, he said, the Hugh Ice Loop bridge beams will be placed next week, and that will be followed up with paving and work on the approaches the next week.

Spalding said the state has given the county $294,000 for the projects.

“I’d like to have about $300,000 more,” he said, but added that Nelson County has done well in getting road funding given current restraints on spending.

Woodlawn Springs zoning approved

The Fiscal Court gave its final approval to a proposed zoning for Woodlawn Springs Golf Club LLC Tuesday. The owners, including Chris and Allison Osborne, who also run the golf course at Maywood, want to divide the Woodlawn course into building lots for new houses and town homes.

Unlike at the first reading two weeks ago, there was no group of Woodlawn residents at the meeting Tuesday.

The Planning Commission had voted 4-2 to recommend approval of the proposal, and the Fiscal Court upheld the recommendation, 5-0.