Parking problems persist

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Concerned business owners bring their concerns to fiscal court

By Stevie Lowery

Concerned salon owners and hair stylists who recently pleaded with the Lebanon City Council to help with a lack of parking available downtown also voiced their concerns to the Marion County Fiscal Court on Thursday.

Representatives from local salons and barber shops say their customers don’t have convenient parking available, and it’s hindering their businesses. 

“We would appreciate anything at all that could be worked out. We’re lost with this,” Gloria Benningfield of Shear Delite said. “It’s just a bad situation. 

The parking dilemma became much worse after the parking lot located on West Mulberry Street was sold to Erica Barnes of State Farm, and is now roped off, according to Benningfield.

Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said the issue is really a “city issue.”

“We typically don’t get involved with city issues… but we understand,” he said. 

Daugherty said the parking lot at the David Hourigan Building is always available for parking, and he would continue discussing the issue with  Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw.

“We feel your pain,” Daugherty said. 

County awarded $223,432 in discretionary funds for paving improvements

At Thursday’s fiscal court meeting, Nick Van Over from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid announced $223,432 in discretionary funds have been approved for vital paving and repair work on Popes Creek Loop, Beech Fork Loop and Monick Branch Road. Resurfacing and repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes and raveling.

Judge-Executive Daugherty identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by KYTC district staff to assess conditions of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact and traffic volumes.

The fiscal court is responsible for administering these projects, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the work. 

Resurfacing and shoulder work will address:

* Popes Creek Loop (County Road 1177) – 1.15 miles

* Beech Fork Loop (County Road 1060) – .79 mile

* Monick Branch Road (County Road 1314) – 1.4 miles

In other matters, magistrates:

• Approved an agreement and resolution with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regarding the awarding of $156,354 in rural secondary road funding to Marion County. 

• Approved a $30,000 budget transfer to the general fund, a $50,000 budget transfer to the county road fund and a $30,000 budget transfer to the EMS fund.

• Approved funding for training for the fire departments. 

The Dixie Firefighters and Fire Commission Executive Director will be in attendance. Magistrates Joe Pat Kirkland and Craig Bishop will be donating $100 each out of their discretionary funds for the training.

• Approved $2,100 in funding for the Marion County Girls 10-12-year-old Little League Softball All Star Team, which recently won the state championship and will be going to the Central Region Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

• Approved an agreement between Marion County Fiscal Court and the SWEDA Board of Washington County. SWEDA agrees to pay $15,000 to the fiscal court to support the Career Center.

• Approved a resolution for the appointment of Judge/Executive David Daugherty to be the applicant agent for FEMA grants.

• Approved the following staffing changes at the detention center: Deputy Christopher Young and Deputy John R. Purdom be placed in full time positions, and Deputy Francis Hoeck be placed in a vacant 36-hour position.

• Approved $2,500 in funding for Marion County Little League Football.

• Approved the return of $21,396.18 in excess fees from the 2018 Marion County Clerk fee account to be disbursed to the proper taxing districts. The disbursement of delinquent property taxes to the various taxing districts for May of 2018 wasn’t computed correctly, which resulted in more excess fees being returned to the fiscal court than should have been returned. With this correction, the actual excess fees from the 2018 Marion County fee account is $29,066.20.