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Fiscal Court approves agreement for Maker’s Mark access road

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E911 efforts still underway

By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a new access road on Hwy. 52.
This road will provide a new access point to Maker’s Mark, according to the agreement between the county and the state.
The agreement reads that the state will reimburse the county up to $675,000 for the .1 mile project, which will allow access to the Maker’s Mark Museum. Also as part of the project, the access to Ky. 52 from Bridgett Court will be closed and a new access will be created to the tie-in road.
The court approved the agreement by a 4-0 vote. Magistrate Roger “Cotton” Smothers was not able to attend the July 3 meeting due to a personal matter.

E911 update
Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste coordinator, has been assisting with the addressing for Enhanced 911 purposes. He reported that he and Sharon Browning have reviewed the error list with 8,400 structures in the county, and they found only 123 that were incorrect. That is more than 98 percent accurate, which is above 95 percent threshold required to implement E911.
Before the county can move forward, Windstream must certify the accuracy of the county’s master street address guide (MSAG). Brock said Windstream will be correcting its own list, which still included people who had been deceased for several years, based on the information provided by the county.
Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said system testing can’t take place until the equipment is installed, and that depends on how long it takes to get the MSAG verified.
“We’re waiting on other people to finish their part of the project,” Judge Mattingly said.

In other business:
- The court approved a payment of $400 for the Board of Assessment Appeals. Half of this payment is made by the fiscal court and half is made by the state of Kentucky.
- Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly presented a draft copy of a “Marion County Employee Performance Review” to the magistrates. The intent is  for department supervisors to the form while conducting either quarterly or annual evaluations of county employees.
Judge Mattingly said they might review the form and offer suggestions for changes, and he recommended having the county attorney review the form as well.
- The court approved hiring David Johnson to work at the Marion County Animal Shelter on a part-time basis while Sara Gribbins is on maternity leave.
- Marion County EMS Director Robbie Turner reported that his department has made more than 1,200 runs this year.
- The court approved a request by Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson for $215.88 to repair an emergency siren in Raywick.