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Fiscal Court approves grant application for new industrial park

Jan. 26—As the community grows, the needs for enhanced infrastructure increases.

With a new industrial park off West KY 80 now in the works, the Laurel County Fiscal Court affirmed its support for the London Laurel County Economic Development Authority to apply for a grant to offset costs associated with that development.

Paula Thompson, executive director of the LLCEDA, said the grant was for $3.9 million for the two tracts of property on KY 1535 (Sinking Creek Road).

"This will be for the extension of water and sewer," Thompson said. "The fiscal court will have to match half of that but the state will pick up those funds. It won't cost the fiscal court anything."

That action was approved unanimously, as was a contract renewal with Interlynx. Interlynx, operated by Willie Sawyers, provides written and video coverage of the county government activities with updates, pictures and information posted on the Laurel County Fiscal Court's Facebook and web pages. Magistrates also approved the upgraded mileage rate of 67 cents per mile, which Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield was increased 1.5% from last year's rate.

Abner & Cox will perform the fiscal court's audit this year — one that has previously been done by state officials. But a change in policy allows the Laurel County Fiscal Court to hire a firm to do the audit.

A road extension on McCracken Lane in District 4 was also approved. Westerfield explained that Magistrate Jeff Book, the representative for District 4, was getting a survey of that extension.

Magistrates also approved the Sheriff's statement regarding the amount to be advanced to the department each month. The Sheriff's budget runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year, with state funds to offset their operations traveling through the fiscal court's general fund.

The Laurel County Fiscal Court meets twice monthly — on the second Monday at 8:45 a.m. and the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m.