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By Stephen Lega

Fiscal court approves additional redistricting funds

The Marion County Fiscal Court has completed its plan to realign the magisterial districts based on the 2010 Census. Now, the county needs to adjust its precinct boundaries.

The fiscal court voted Jan. 5 to hire Lincoln Trail Area Development District to adjust the precincts to coincide with the revised magisterial district boundaries. The county agreed to pay Lincoln Trail up to $2,500 to assist the Marion County Board of Elections make the needed changes.

At least 14 of the county's 17 precincts will be affected by the adjustments to the magisterial boundaries.

In other county clerk's office news, the court approved the 2012 county clerk's budget.

According to the 2012 proposed budget, County Clerk Karen Spalding is projecting nearly $2.74 million in receipts and $2.74 million in disbursements.

Radon leak detected at county building

Elevated radon levels have been detected in the basement of the David R. Hourigan Government Building, according to a written report prepared by Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock.

On Jan. 5, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted to hire Protect Environmental to seal off the leak. The proposed fee is $3,765.

Brock said an initial radon test in the basement showed radon levels of 22.3 pCi/L. Radon is an known carcinogen, and the EPA recommends short term follow-up testing when levels are between 8 and 100 pCi/L, Brock wrote.

In the follow-up tests, the radon levels in the basement were between 18.2 and 24.4 pCi/L. Testing showed radon levels on the top three floors of the building were between 4.1 and 6.3 pCi/L.

After speaking with Clay Hardwick, the radon specialist for the Kentucky Bureau for Health Services, Brock contacted Kyle Hoylman with Project Environmental to seal the areas where the leak is occurring.

County has spent $1.18 million on roads

Marion County has spent $1,180,291 on county roads during the first half of the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to information provided by Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee at the Jan. 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.

The court budgeted $1,205,000 for county roads for the current fiscal year, and the money is typically allocated based on the percentage of roads in each district.

The county had budgeted $235,698 for Steve Masterson's district, and it has spent $292,131 in that district so far.

In Jackie Wicker's district, the county budgeted $445,850 and has spent $428,310.

In Roger "Cotton" Smothers district, the county budgeted $300,045 and has spent $265,037.

In Larry Caldwell's district, the county budgeted $165,085 and has spent $158,042.

And in John Arthur Elder's district, the county budgeted $56,635 and has spent $38,728.