County awaiting state approval to begin roadwork

Jon Russelburg | The Eagle Post

The Christian County Fiscal Court discusses the next move on road projects in Oak Grove and other parts of the county.

The Christian County Fiscal Court approved a discretionary funds agreement and resolution to allow Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble to sign an agreement between the county and the state transportation department concerning roadwork in Christian County.

However, at Tuesday's meeting, Tribble said that although the county has filed the proper paperwork, he has run into a problem.

The paperwork needs three signatures before the county can begin work on 3.8 miles of Harmony Grove Road and 1.6 miles of Lewis Road, totaling $289,714.

"We (filed the paperwork) the same day, the day of the court meeting," Tribble said. "We scanned, emailed … we sent them to everybody we could think of."

At the Sept. 24 fiscal court meeting, the court passed a resolution to allow Tribble to enter into a contract with the state on behalf of the court.

Tribble said that so far, the county has yet to receive a single signature needed to begin road work.

"I don't know how long it takes to get three people to sign something," he said.

Also at the Sept. 24 meeting, the court approved a discretionary fund recommendation of $833,864 to resurface an additional 8.9 miles of roads -- dispersed between four roads -- in Christian County. That recommendation came five days before Gov. Matt Bevin stopped in Christian County to announce state funding for that project.

The vote at Tuesday's meeting is meant to give Tribble the authority to sign a memorandum of agreement for the second project. The problem, Tribble said, is that the state still hasn't responded to the paperwork for the first project.

"They're supposed to send us a memorandum of agreement and a resolution on those four roads that he gave us money for," he said. "We don't even have that yet."

He added that he wanted the court to approve him to sign the memorandum of agreement -- after counsel with the county attorney -- if the memo comes before the next fiscal court meeting.

"The governor said he'd like us to do these roads before the snow flies," Tribble said. "But we can't do anything until we get this (paperwork).

"I don't know what the deal is."

The court approved the motion unanimously by roll call. Now it must wait on the state.

In other fiscal court business

* Surplus property from the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Christian County and the road department was approved to go up for auction Oct. 18.

* The road department was approved to purchase two trucks through a bid process from Pennyrile Ford in Hopkinsville.

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com

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