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County votes to keep road funds

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is already planning to repave nearly four miles of Water Works Road in fiscal year 2021 and offered Clark County officials $125, 273 in flex funds.

Counties have the choice to keep the money for its own projects or return it to the state to pave another state road within the county.

Wednesday, the Clark County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep the money for use on county roads.

Casey Smith from the cabinet said the funds were part of the department’s Rural Secondary program. Smith said the flex funds are shared with counties for county road repaving.

Had the funds been returned to the state, Smith said they would have repaved 1.17 miles of Mina Station Road. The county can use the flex funds for full-width resurfacing projects only, he said.

Clark County Judge-Executive Chris Pace made the motion to keep the funds and use them for county roads. The motion was approved unanimously.

Smith said the state is already committed to repave 2.4 miles of McClure Road and another 2.475 miles on Flanagan Station Road by the end of the fiscal year June 30.

The project on Water Works Road will run from Becknerville Road to Boonesboro Road, Smith said.

In other action Wednesday, the fiscal court:

— accepted the fee account final settlements for the Clark County Clerk’s office and the Clark County Sheriff’s office.

— heard a presentation from Stephen Berry about the 2020 census.

— discussed amending the ordinance governing the county ethics committee.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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