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Magistrates approve revision to agreement with Beam Global

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By Stephen Lega

Thursday, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved a revision to its agreement to abate taxes for Beam Global. The change was approved 4-1 with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.

On May 3, the court approved an agreement that would allow Beam Global a 30-year partial tax abatement on up to six warehouses for Maker's Mark to be built in Marion County. Under this agreement, Beam Global also agreed to invest more than $1 million in Marion County Public Schools.

The original agreement allowed the issuance of up to $180 million in bonds. The revised agreement allows up to $187 million in bonds to be issued.

In other business:

- The court heard from Sue Porter, an insurance representative for the Kentucky Association of Counties. The magistrates asked Porter to bring back some additional information before they made a decision on renewing their policy.

- The court approved a bid of $85,525 from Hinkle Contracting to make repairs on Gene Hunt Road. This was the low bid.

- The court approved a resolution to accept its $1.1 million road fund allocation from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the 2012-13 fiscal court. The county is scheduled to receive $665,698 in its initial payment from the state.

- The court approved bids for fuel, rock and asphalt, and a bridge project on Landers Creek Road. The county received just one bid for each of these items.

D&R Oil Company bid to sell the county gasoline for 10 cents per gallon above its price.

Nally and Hayden Surfacing submitted the only bid for rock, asphalt and other road surfaces. The bid included a price of $60.95 per ton of bituminous surface material and between $9.35 and $11.75 per ton for various types of rock.

Hornback Construction bid $62,190 (including an extra guardrail) on the Landers Creek Road Bridge project.

- The county approved an agreement to hire Kenway Janitorial Service Company to clean the Marion County Judicial Center twice a week in the evenings for $2,706.11 per month.

- The magistrates and judge/executive approved a variety of donations from their community project and general welfare funds.

Magistrate Larry Caldwell and Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly gave a combined $300 to the Girls on the Run program and $500 to the FCCLA for local students to attend the national convention.

Caldwell and Steve Masterson gave a combined $2,500 to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard and $1,600 to the local VFW.

The magistrates and county judge gave a combined $3,750 to the Crusade for Children.