Fiscal Court replenishes road salt, accepts Lashley resignation

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By Kenny Colston

The process to find a new county road superintendent is officially underway.

The Oldham County Fiscal Court accepted the resignation of former superintendent Lance Lashley at its May 6 meeting. Lashley resigned on April 25 amid an investigation into the misuse of materials at the road department.

In the meantime, Mark Husband, formerly an assistant superintendent, has been approved as the acting superintendent until a new one is hired. The Fiscal Court approved a raise in pay for Husband due to his new responsibilities.

After the approvals, County Judge-Executive David Voegele said the position would be advertised internally and externally. He said the process to hire a new road superintendent could take up to six weeks.

As for the investigation, Voegele said police are still looking into the accusations against Lashley. But so far, County Attorney John Carter doesn’t have much to prosecute Lashley for, Voegele said.

In other action, the county approved a bid for road salt from North American Salt Company to help refill its coffers for the winter.

The county originally asked for bids for more than 4,000 tons of salt, but reduced the number to 3,200 in accepting the bid.

Voegele said the county still has 500 tons of salt on hand. After using more than 3,500 tons of salt this winter, Voegele said it didn’t make sense to buy more than 4,000 tons.

“This is the worst winter we’ve had since 1994,” Voegele said. “So we won’t buy more salt than we used this year.”

The county is paying an extra premium due to the rough winter. The county usually pays around $54 dollars per ton for road salt, but the accepted contract with North American Salt Company is for $73.07 per ton of salt.

The full contract is worth $233,824.

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