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Residents complete report with 'vision' for Oldham County

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By The Staff

A committee responsible for implementing a vision for the future of parks, utilities, tourism and finances of Oldham County answered questions raised by residents in a report released Jan. 2. Members of the Oldham County Vision Council Committee, appointed by Judge-Executive Duane Murner in May, were charged with the task of answering eight questions developed by a team of residents who created a plan for the future of the county. The committee offers the following conclusions in the report:• La Grange Utilities and Oldham County Sewer District should merge to avoid competition for grants; • Oldham County fiscal court should use its bonding capacity only for long-term capital improvements and acquisitions of public land, facilities and infrastructure;• Oldham County should encourage tourism by providing a tourism travel map and supporting the development of venues that would attract tourists;• Oldham County is short of the recommended developed park land standards and should seek alternative funding for parks; and • Oldham County should aim for a reserve that will match 25 percent of the county’s general fund, only be used in emergencies.The committee presented a report that will serve as a guide for other committees when making decisions on public policy.