Members of Meade County Fiscal Court took additional information and comments in a planning and zoning request related to several properties owned by Kosmos-Cemex between Battletown and Little Bend.
Fiscal Court originally heard some comments from several residents who was a opposed to the request during the February regular meeting. On Tuesday (3/12) night, the court heard from two of the same members of the public who have championed a online petition campaign which has collected nearly 700 signatures to assist the local’s voice to have county leaders to slow the mining process and preserve the landscape of the county. After an half hour of comments and some minor discussion among magistrates of Fiscal Court, Judge Executive Gerry Lynn had magistrates vote their opinion by secret ballot which was read by the County Treasurer revealed a five to one vote in favor of the quarry’s request to change zoning from residential or agricultural to heavy industrial.
In other business, the court received an update from Matt Nidlinger of Consolidated Grain and Barge Company, who operates the grain elevator in the Riverport. Nidlinger said the facility has been in operation now five years and has expanded it’s footprint from the first two storage bins when the facility opened. He said the return on the investment is on track and long term plans are in the works for future expansion to include additional storage and a dryer bin. No time table was discussed on when the expansions would take place.
Jeff Hackbart with the University of Kentucky gave Fiscal Court a brief presentation related to a county road focus study that the Meade County was selected to be focused upon. The study will identify two county maintained roads that safety improvements can be made by adding additional signage. The program has $5,000 per road to assist with purchase of the signage to provide the most safety and training for lower cost. Additional training with the program will be provided to county leaders and road department staff.
Magistrates approved the County Clerk excess fees in the amount of $127,212.24 and approved a pending amount from the Sheriff that Fiscal Court will receive once the exit audits are completed. The court gave permission to the Judge Executive to move forward to hire a IT technician for the courthouse from a list of applicants. The court also went into an half hour executive session for the purpose to discuss property under KRS 61.810 (1) (b)in which the court took no action.
You can watch the entire regular meeting of Meade County Fiscal Court by visiting our “On Demand” section.