County Services to be relocated

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By The Staff

Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court agreed Oct. 16 to relocate road, recycling, fueling and maintenance departments to a 60-acre site adjacent to the Kentucky State Reformatory at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The agreement between the court, state justice department and reformatory will compenstate for county property lost to the state's reconstruction of Ky. 393 in Buckner.

Magistrates David Voegele and Scott Davis abstained from the vote.

As part of the deal, the county will provide a fueling and cleaning station for the use of reformatory and county vehicles. The station will require the construction of a garage for two reformatory buses.

The station will be staffed by two inmates from KSR. KSR will reimburse the county for utitlities, water suppy and fuel costs.

Some magistrates, including Davis and Voegele, were concerned that the construction project on Ky. 393 may change. Voegele questioned the staffing of inmates at a fuel station.

Deputy Judge-Executive Paula Gish, who said relocating the facilities is inevitable, spoke in favor of the agreement.

"We will be fueling our road development vehicles with the possibility of offering (the service) to police and county employees," Gish said.

The site will also be the location of the self-service recycling station.

Magistrate Steve Church said accepting the offer from the state is a smart choice considering the value of the 60 acres off Ky. 146. The site will serve as a buffer between residential property and KSR.

"If we need to move, forward to make this happen, we're really going to regret it if we don't do it now," he said.

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