News Digest: April 7, 2013

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By The Staff

County, city officials meet tonight about garbage

Leaders of Shelby County and Shelbyville will get together again Wednesday to discuss ways they can work together to create a curbside trash/recycling pickup plan for all the county’s residents. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Tulip Room at Shelbyville City Hall on Washington Street.

“Hopefully we can start to agree on some things that we both want,” said Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss, who has taken the lead in bringing together representatives of the city and county. Carriss is chair of the county’s Legislative Committee.

Carriss noted several things that will need to be discussed, including:

  • Curbside service.
  • Senior citizen discount.
  • Pickup for those unable to get trash cans to the curb.
  • How often trash is picked up.
  • Recycling.

Carriss and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said they believe that a joint city-county contract would be attractive to companies.

“Our density is a little different than the county’s, obviously, and we want to get the best price for our citizens, but if we can help the county get a better price, we’d like to,” Hardesty said. “I think that would be a very attractive contract.”

Said Carriss: “Together we’d have just about fourteen thousand homes. We can get a bid for the city and outside the city, and put together it would be more attractive. But we could end up with different rates for inside the city and outside.”


Pollett takes over to lead magistrates/commissioners

Shelby County Magistrate Hubert Pollett was sworn in recently as president of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association. State Rep. Dennis Horlander administered the oath of office to the newly elected officials last week in Louisville.

Serving in his fourth term as District 1 magistrate, Pollett also is a member of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board and the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission.

“It is an honor to have the members of the Association elect me as their president,” Pollett said. “Keeping this organization strong is important to the counties and to the local officials. In addition to having a voice in Frankfort, our association keeps us informed about new regulations, laws and trends from around the country, helping us be more efficient.”

Founded in 1952, the association is one of the oldest and largest organizations of elected officials with 562 members. Its mission is to encourage closer relationships between magistrates and commissioners and to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs, as well as to promote effective legislation for the best well being of the people.


‘Lincoln’ at Odyssey fundraiser 
West Middle School Presidential Leadership and Odyssey of the Mind on Friday will present the movie Lincoln and accompanying activities, beginning at 5 p.m. in the West Middle cafeteria. The event is a fundraiser for the school’s teams that will participate in the international Odyssey competition next month in Michigan.

Participants can have their photographs taken with “Abraham Lincoln” and hear him speak about Steven Spielberg’s movie based on his efforts to get the 13th Amendment passed through the U.S. House of Representatives.

Concessions will be available, and donations will be accepted.

Based on the mature content of this movie (PG-13), students in sixth and seventh grades must provide a signed permission form to view the movie. Students below sixth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule: 5 p.m., pictures with “Lincoln,” 6 p.m., Odyssey of the Mind showcase, 6:15 p.m., Lincoln speaks, and 6:30 p.m., movie showtime.


Outdoor burning restrictions

State officials are reminding residents that under state law, most outdoor burning is now illegal in Kentucky, and illegal outdoor burning could bring fines as large as $25,000 per day per violation.

“Today’s trash is different than the trash our grandparents used to burn,” Division of Air Quality Director John Lyons said in a news release. “Plastics, chemicals, and other synthetic materials are far more common in the things we throw away. Burning this trash releases high levels of toxic pollutants such as dioxins, sulfur dioxide, lead and mercury.”
State law prohibits the burning of many materials, including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste. In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited.

Painted, stained or treated wood products like fence posts, pallets, and furniture are illegal to burn, because they release dangerous toxins into the air. Items that cannot be recycled should be taken to a state-permitted landfill.

Also, high winds make open fires dangerous.  From April 5 through April 7, for example, the Kentucky Division of Forestry reported 110 separate wildfires burning a total of 2,765 acres.

Legal outdoor burning includes campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs, except when a countywide burn ban has been declared.


Shelby Democrats to meet

The Shelby County Democratic  Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Stratton Center, 215  Washington St. in Shelbyville. State Rep. Jim Wayne will be guest speaker and will address proposed tax reform. Paper goods will  be collected for the Dorman Center.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.