Shelby County Fiscal Court: County takes 10 new roads into system

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Animal shelter gets grant for spay/neuter

By Lisa King

Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved 10 more subdivision roads to be part of the county’s system.

That’s significant not only for the residents who live there – they now will have services such as snow and ice removal – but the county also will receive more state funding for its Rural Secondary Road Program.

The roads are located in Meadow Glen and Equestrian Lakes subdivisions and include Shannon Place and Tipperary Crossing, both in Meadow Glen; and Equestrian Lakes Lane, Plum Creek Court, Deer Valley Court, Secluded Lake Court, Derby Lane, First Day Lane, Scenic Court and Equestrian Lake Lane North, located in Equestrian Lakes, which is west of Finchville.

Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry told magistrates at Tuesday’s meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court that both subdivisions are only a few years old and that the streets named in Equestrian Lakes encompassed 3 miles altogether.

“It’s a pretty good chunk,” he said.

The 10 roads bring the total in the system to 315, Henry said.

Henry also announced that his crews next Thursday would be installing a 48-inch culvert pipe on Pounds Lane. The road, located near the Shelby/Jefferson County line on Fisherville Road, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Henry water commissioners get raise

Magistrates voted to raise salaries of water board commissioners in Henry County to $300 per month. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the matter came before the fiscal court because the Henry County Water District serves a small number of residents in Shelby County.

This is a formality, because Shelby County does not contribute to the stipends, which will rise from $225 a month to be in line with water boards in surrounding counties, including Shelby.

“The district actually touches five counties in all, so each of those fiscal courts have to do this,” Rothenburger said.


Spay and neuter grant

Magistrates authorized Rothenburger to accept a state grant from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for $1,600 to be used for the spaying and neutering of animals. This is the third consecutive year the county has been awarded this grant.

Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton, who until recently was acting animal control director, said the money helps offset the cost of altering the county’s dog and cat population. About 12,000 animals were altered last year.

“It [the cost] varies,” Newton said. “We have vets that come into the shelter to do it and some we take to vets who do it for a reduced cost.”

The amount of the grant has been declining slightly for the past three years, he said.

“It has been dropping an average of about two hundred dollars a year,” he said.

“But we are grateful for whatever assistance we can get.”


Also at the meeting, magistrates:

§       Approved the hiring of Mark Johnson as a full-time laborer for the Shelby County Road Department at $12 per hour.

§       Approved the declaration of a Dell computer as surplus property to be E-recycled.

§       Magistrates also approved the first reading of a text amendment of the Shelby County Zoning Regulations pertaining to outside lighting requirements for businesses.