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County will re-bid solid waste franchise

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By Calen McKinney

The County will soon begin the process of re-bidding its solid waste franchise.

At the regular Taylor Fiscal Court meeting Aug. 12, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that the County's solid waste franchise will have to be re-bid in December and he would like to go ahead and get their OK to begin advertising for bids.

County Attorney Craig Cox said magistrates need to discuss and decide some of the terms to include in the franchise agreement.

He said the County's current agreement does not include a fuel surcharge adjustment that probably should be included in the new agreement. Cox said Waste Connections Inc. has also asked for a five-year contract.

Magistrate Ed Gorin asked if the Court's current sanitation and environmental committee, made up of himself and Phillips and advisory members John Harris and Debbie McNear, solid waste coordinators, and Taylor County Environmental Director George Wilson, should study the issue.

Magistrates voted to begin advertising for bids after the sanitation and environmental committee meets to discuss the terms of the new agreement. They also agreed to allow the committee to study the possibility of converting Taylor County's waste to gas and then to energy.

Magistrates received information about the energy conversion process in their monthly meeting packets. The process can reduce processing fees and convert waste into a renewable energy source.

As of Tuesday, a sanitation and environmental committee meeting date had not yet been set.

Also at the meeting:

- Rogers said the County is having a problem keeping up with gasoline purchases made by numerous employees. He said he has contacted White Oil to research a credit card system for tracking the purchases. Magistrates agreed to allow Rogers to research using cards that track purchases and mileages.

u Rogers told the Court that a better system of naming roads is needed to ensure Taylor County Address Coordinator Bonnie Childers is aware of all roads added into the County Road System.

Cox told Rogers that the County adopted an ordinance in 1997 that establishes road name guidelines. He said the ordinance states that magistrates are to recommend road names to Childers and she is to report back to the Court. Cox said he's not sure if that process has been followed, however, and Rogers asked the Court to begin doing so.

- Magistrates agreed to allow the County to join a lawsuit involving credit given to inmates for time they serve while awaiting sentencing.

Cox told magistrates that counties have to pay to house inmates while they are awaiting trial. After they are sentenced, he said, they become state prisoners and the state picks up their bill. However, he said, the state gives prisoners credit at their sentencing hearings for time they have already served and does not reimburse counties for the cost of incarcerating the inmate for those days.

Rogers said more than 90 of Kentucky's counties have already joined the lawsuit and the County's cost to participate should be minimal.

- After a discussion about the County installing tiles on state roads, magistrates agreed to table the issue until Cox can research legal issues involved. Rogers told the Court that state officials have announced that the state will no longer install the tiles. He said the County currently provides the tiles but does not install them.

- Magistrates agreed to grant an easement to Jim Noe to install a gas line on his property.

- Magistrates approved payment to CMW Inc. for $15,614.54 and $866,954.77 to Codell Construction Co. for the judicial center and $3,847.17 to CMW and $651,452.30 to Codell for the jail.

- Magistrates had first reading of a budget amendment accepting $50,342 in a Kentucky Heritage grant. Magistrates also approved the transfer of $323,333.24 from the general fund to the jail fund.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.