County wins grant to update playground at Pulaski County Park

Pulaski County Fiscal Court has been awarded just over $29,000 to add a rubberized surface to a playground at Pulaski County Park.

Kids visiting Pulaski County Park will soon be able to take advantage of an updated playground.

During Tuesday's meeting of Pulaski County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Steve Kelley asked Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Danny Masten if he had any grant updates.

Masten reported that the county was still awaiting word on a recycler/compost grant but there had been two awards last week for rubber-modified asphalt and playground mulch.

Pulaski County Park has been awarded $29,040 for the playground upgrade. "We will be using it [the grant] to replace the wood chips with poured-in place rubber surfacing like the playground at Somersport Park," Judge Kelley said.

While there are recreation facilities throughout the park, Masten said after the meeting that the playground that will be updated serves shelters 6-8 and campsites 55-78.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) awarded a total of $500,471 in grant funding statewide for benches, picnic tables, landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. Such grants are available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, which receives a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. The fund helps manage approximately five million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

As for the rubber-modified asphalt grant, it will be used to resurface a portion of Thurman Road with asphalt that also utilitizes waste tires. District 1 Magistrate Jason Turpen said the project will be part of a study involving the material's durability.

"Thurman Road is a perfect road for this grant," Turpen stated. "The road has several spots where the current asphalt is failing and it's in a high traffic area. The grant is a win-win. It allows us to fix a road that is in need of repair and is a wonderful spot to test this product."

Another department which is working on an upgrade is the 911 Dispatch Center. On Tuesday, magistrates approved a three-year contract with FEMA to participate in its emergency alerting system at no cost.

According to 911 Director Aaron Ross, the federal agency's Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) differs from the county's Code Red system in that citizens don't have to sign up for it; anyone with a phone should get the alert. Ross added that for the time being, 911 would use it for hazmat notices but the department could eventually be able to do Amber Alerts and tornado warnings.

"It's very tracked," Ross added. "It's not something we're going to use on a monthly basis, maybe once a year."

In other news on Tuesday, fiscal court:

• approved the second reading of a $5 million bond ordinance that will cover the community match required to help fund the construction of two interchanges to relieve the Ky. 80-Ky. 461-Valley Oak Commerce Complex bottleneck.

• reappointed Joan Isaacs to a four-year term as County Treasurer.

• accepted for review several bids for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Services and products to be awarded before July 1 include: tires, heavy equipment, fuel, road materials, concrete, tree removal, plumbing, HVAC, stone, electrical, carpentry, etc.

* awarded a bid to Barlow Equipment, who will purchase four surplus mowing tractors for $25,110 each.