Now that spring has sprung, Pulaski County Fiscal Court -- like many other government entities -- is looking at ways to fund community improvement projects into the coming fiscal year.
One of the projects discussed during Tuesday's regular meeting is not actually being spearheaded by the county. Fiscal Court agreed to apply for a $1 million state CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) on behalf of the Lake Cumberland Housing Agency, which plans to purchase and rehabilitate a local property for senior housing. Judge-Executive Steve Kelley noted that the county would serve only as a "pass-through" agent for the grant, which would be administered by the Lake Cumberland ADD (Area Development District), and no county monies would need to be expended for the project.
A couple of department heads also sought permission to apply for grants.
Not awarded a grant last year, Pulaski 911 Director Aaron Ross is seeking to re-apply for the Kentucky 911 Board grant for computer aided dispatch (CAD) software. Magistrates approved the application as well as authorized advertising for software bids if the county is awarded the grant.
District 4 Magistrate Mark Ranshaw asked if the county would need to match the grant. Ross responded the application does not specify a certain amount but that whatever the department does offer for a match will improve the application's chances within the program's point system.
The new CAD system moves the department toward state "Next Gen" compliance -- allowing more options for callers (such as texting, photos, etc.) giving the 911 Center the ability to reroute calls to an emergency location should the current facility be incapacitated.
Pulaski County Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Danny Masten was authorized to apply for a 2019 Waste Tire Market Development Rubberized Asphalt Grant. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is accepting grant proposals through April 1 for projects that demonstrate new or increased uses of scrap tires, such as paving. Masten also got approval to apply for the Kentucky Pride Fund Composting Grant due April 5.
Regarding projects already in the works, Fiscal Court is moving ahead with plans to repair a road slide on Irvine Road following the announcement two weeks ago that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had awarded emergency funds for the project.
The road, located off Rock Lick Road near Science Hill, suffered a similar slide which had to be repaired several years ago.
KYTC awarded the court $130,000 in County Road Aid to shore up the 10-foot slide, which has closed the road during the winter months. During Tuesday's regular meeting, magistrates authorized bid advertisement for the project on a motion from Ranshaw and second from District 2 Magistrate Mike Wilson.
Pulaski County Deputy Judge-Executive Dan Price has said the county hopes to have a contractor in place by the end of next month.
In other business, Fiscal Court:
• approved a surplus list, including ATVs and other vehicles, for an auction planned for April 11. In a separate action, magistrates approved surplussing two Chevy Trailblazers (2005 and 2007 models) for the Nancy Fire Department that may also be included in the auction. Not included in the auction will be the seven tractors the county is replacing for the upcoming mowing season. Though Price said the new tractors have begun to come in, county officials are still planning how to liquidate the old ones.
• received an annual work plan and budget from Rodney Dick, representing the Pulaski County Conservation District. Dick also presented a $1,000 donation on behalf of the district to Masten for the waste tire collection event scheduled April 4-6.
• recognized Somerset citizen Betty Cook on her appointment to the 28th Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee.
• approved a 35 mph speed limit for Omega Park Road.