Last updated: July 29. 2014 1:35PM - 532 Views
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Residents in the southern Grayson County area known as Ready will have a new community center soon, following the purchase of a small storefront by the county’s Fiscal Court.

Magistrates voted at a special-called meeting on Tuesday, July 29, to purchase the Bowling Green Road building for $13,500 from it’s current owner, Ryan Payton. The vote was unanimously in favor of the action.

Judge Executive Gary Logsdon said that the group’s intention is to eventually use this structure as a new community center for those who live nearby.

During the Fiscal Court’s special meeting and their regular monthly meeting on Friday, July 18, a number of other items of business were carried out, including the following:

- At the suggestion of Judge Executive Gary Logsdon, the court voted to make changes to the usage of county occupational taxes.

Previously, 35 percent of the funds from occupational taxes went into the county’s general fund, while 65 percent went into the road fund. Magistrates voted in favor or switching the percentages, and now putting 65 percent into the general funds account and 35 percent toward road funds.

Logsdon reminded those present that “this is not raising the tax, it’s just switching so that the general fund can continue helping the public and supporting agencies such as local fire departments and the historical society.

He also noted that any money in the general fund can be used for roads at any time, while road funds may be used only for roadways.

- County Clerk Sherry Weedman presented the court with the election workers’ notes from the resent primary elections.

Workers included in their written comments that a number of the precinct locations across the county suffered from maintenance and upkeep issues ranging from leaks and potholes to poor signage and unkempt lawns.

Craig Logsdon, who heads up the maintenance program was concerned that these issues were being brought forth long past the election, rather than having been brought to his crew’s attention prior to the event.

Craig Logsdon also commented that he felt many of these issues were indeed taken care of in a timely manner before voting took place.

Sheriff Rick Clemons said he agreed with Craig Logsdon, adding that these issues “should have been handled in-house” rather than brought before the court months later.

Magistrate Curtis Wells told the group that in the 16 years he has served as a representative for his district, he has not had one complaint about the voting precincts.

Weedman agreed that many of the problems were taken care of before voting began.

Magistrate Harold Johnson felt that the items included on the list - especially those which were actually taken care of beforehand - were “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”

- Sealed bids were opened for both janitorial and mowing services at the new Judicial Building. Of the four mowing bids, the lowest bidder was Edwards Lawn Care, who was awarded the bid in a unanimous vote.

Edwards Lawn Care will be serving the county by mowing, weed-eating and blowing off the property for a cost of $135 per mowing.

The janitorial bid was awarded to ServiceMaster, a local company which put in a $44,974.08 bid for the year. The bid was just over $25 lower than the other bidding company for the year’s worth of work.

- The process was begun for the closing of Old Kallon Road in the Caneyville area.

The roadway, which is not county-maintained, is so narrow that you can “hardly get a horse through there,” Judge Logsdon said.

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