Franklin County Fiscal Court has voted 6-1 to buy almost one-half acre for $17,100 from Buck Run Baptist Church to construct a new spur connector from South Scruggs Lane to U.S. 421 (Leestown Lane).
Third District Magistrate Don Sturgeon, explaining his “no” vote after the Thursday meeting, said, “I thought (the church) was asking a whole lot of money for less than a half-acre, and in the process they’re getting two entrances to their property.
“It isn’t county money, but it’s still taxpayers’ money.”
Judge-Executive Ted Collins said funding comes from money left over from a recent U.S. 421 South road-widening project, which included a walking and bicycle path. Collins said the state Transportation Cabinet agreed to transfer funds to the county “where we could do some improvements on the South Scruggs spur.”
“It’s a pretty narrow road, and to improve safety we’re widening it and taking a really bad curve out and putting in a couple of entrances.”
Collins said there was an appraisal done on the land ,and if the church accepts Fiscal Court’s $17,100 offer, the county will advertise for construction bids.
In other business, Fiscal Court:
>Unanimously approved rezoning 0.4 acre at 3831 Georgetown Road from Rural Residential “C” District to Limited Commercial District. Property owners Tim and Lydia Roberts requested the change to allow a one-chair barbershop in their residence in the Forks of Elkhorn community.
The county planning staff recommended the zone change and the Frankfort/Franklin County Planning Commission voted 9-0 in July to approve it.
>Hired Steven Shelton and Jerry Clevinger as county firefighters. They’ll replace Mike Collins and William Weaver, who retired July 31.
>Approved 6-1 a resolution to establish a Franklin County Greenvision Commission for sustainability planning and implementation. The 11 voting members will include one representative each from the City Commission, Fiscal Court, Frankfort Plant Board, Kentucky State University, Franklin County Agriculture Extension agent, city schools, county schools, state government; the new jointly approved sustainability coordinator; and two at-large appointees.
Sixth District Magistrate Lambert Moore, who voted “no,” said after the meeting he felt he needed more specific information on Greenvision’s goals.
>Approved the use of emergency equipment for District 2 Constable Tom Banta’s vehicle. Banta sent a letter to Collins saying he’s completed 60 hours of certified law enforcement training with the Kentucky Constable Association and 40 hours of on-the-road training with a deputy sheriff.