Magistrates favor naming highway in honor of deputy

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By The Staff

The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a resolution Jan. 17 in favor of renaming the Danville Highway portion of US 68 as the Deputy Sheriff Carl Anthony Rakes Memorial Highway.

Rakes was killed Nov. 14, 2012, on Danville Highway after stopping to check on a vehicle.

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly presented the resolution to the fiscal court Thursday. Magistrate Steve Masterson was not present at that meeting.

Mattingly said the Kentucky legislature typically addresses naming of highways, but the resolution would show the county's support for honoring Rakes in this way.

The resolution notes that the request to rename the highway comes from Marion County citizens, the Marion County Sheriff's Department, all first responders and emergency services, and the fiscal court.

The resolution requests specifically that the portion of US 68 from the Lebanon city limits to the Boyle County line be renamed in honor of Rakes.


Fiscal court accepts $75,000 for wildlife study

The Marion County Fiscal Court has accepted $75,000 from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a biological survey in the Marion County Wildlife Management Area and State Forest.

The magistrates approved amending the 2012-13 budget to accept the funding during its Jan. 17 meeting.

In another fiscal matter, the Marion County Clerk provided $50,000 in excess fees to the Marion County Fiscal Court.


In other business:

- The court approved an agreement to provide the City of Loretto a $50,000 loan and a $10,000 grant to be used toward the construction of improvements to the Loretto Fire Department building. Under the agreement, Loretto will repay the loan amount at a rate of $10,000 per year over five years.

The agreement also grants the fiscal court use of the facility during the next 10 years.

- The court approved a request to name the Kirkland Bradfordsville Farm Property as a designated agricultural district. The property belongs to Carrol Kirkland and Ronnie Kirkland.

Under the program, property owners can petition their local conservation district to have their land named an ag district if they own at least 250 acres of contiguous land that is in ag production

Ag district property cannot be annexed, is eligible for a differential assessment from the property valuation administrator, and receives higher ranking when applying for the state cost share and PACE program.

- The court approved the Marion County Jailer Barry Brady's request to hire Jennifer Chesser, Cova Lewis and Kevin Isaacs as full-time security officers. They are replacing Theresa Coulter, Justin Gardner and Patrick Brady.