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By Stephen Lega

MAC, MCDC respond to help Northpoint disturbance

Marion Adjustment Center and the Marion County Detention Center both assisted during the riots at Northpoint Training Center correctional facility in Mercer County.

Brad Adams, the quality assurance manager at MAC, said the prison was willing to assist with the transportation and housing of inmates, although for security reasons, he could not provide specifics about how many, if any, inmates would be housed at MAC.

Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said MCDC was put on standby Friday evening to assist with transporting prisoners.

Brady said MCDC sent six armed transportation officers in three vehicles. They transported 17 prisoners to the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex and nine prisoners to Eddyville on Saturday.

"We were pleased to be able to be of assistance," Brady said.

Department of Corrections employees, the Kentucky State Police and SORT (Special Operations Response Team) units responded to contain the situation that started around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to information provided by the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Around 9 p.m. that evening, SORT and KSP units used chemical agents to get inmates to surrender. Most inmates complied with those requests, although fewer than 100 inmates continued to resist until they were brought under control around 10:30 p.m.

According to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office, all but one of the dormitories at Northpoint were damaged to the point of being uninhabitable.

Northpoint was housing 1,229 inmates at the time of the rioting. As of Monday morning, 700 inmates had been moved to other correctional facilities, according to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Eight inmates were hospitalized after the incident. Two remained hospitalized as of Monday and were listed in stable condition.

  Animal shelter awarded PetSmart grant

The Marion County Animal Shelter has received an $8,356 grant from PetSmart Charities.

The animal shelter has been working with PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' program, which transports dogs from one shelter to another with the intent of increasing the likelihood that more dogs will be adopted.

The shelter submitted the grant application to help make improvements, such as walls to separate dogs in adoption kennels (to reduce the risk of spreading disease between animals), adding a roof over two kennels, a 50-foot privacy fence, an 80-gallon water heater and epoxy paint for the walls.

According to the timeline included with the grant application, the shelter will try to make these improvements by November.

  Fiscal court requests reimbursement for voting equipment

Marion County recently purchased voting equipment worth $81,720.

The new equipment will replace the county's older voting machines, and it follows the guidelines of the Help America Vote Act.

The county is also eligible for reimbursement for one voting machine per precinct, and as such, the county has submitted its request to the State Board of Elections to be reimbursed for $76,500.

  County preparing for road work

During its Aug. 20 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved bids for chip sealing and approved box culverts for five roads in the county.

The court approved a bid for chip sealing on Baker Road, Guthrie Mays Road and Nick Thompson Road and at the Gravel Switch Fire Department. The total cost is close to $16,100.

The box culverts were approved individually. Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly advised the court that bids would not be needed if the individual box culvert work was less than $20,000 apiece.

Box culverts were approved for Josh Cox Road ($19,900) and Monty Branch ($19,700), and two culverts were approved for Beach Fork Road ($19,800 each). A fifth culvert was approved for Sam Browning Road if the cost is less than $20,000.

On another road related matter, the county submitted a list of roads that need resurfacing to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The list was taken from roads the fiscal court had previously identified for resurfacing.

In order to receive additional funds from the state's rural secondary fund, the county had to submit the list to the state. Marion County is eligible to receive $169,614.

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said the list has been approved by the state and sent to the District 4 of the Department of Highways. After District 4 approves the list, it will be returned to Frankfort. The county will then sign a contract with the KTC to receive its funds.

  2010 Census meeting today

Community leaders and public officials have been invited to participate in a meeting about the 2010 Census at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Building.

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly wrote in an email last week that more than $300 billion in federal funds are distributed annually based on census information.

He added that during the 2000 Census, Marion County tied for the lowest participation rate with 62 percent of households returning their mail-in forms.

In a change from the last census, the Census Bureau is asking that every household fill out the short form. Previously, random households were sent a long form instead.