Countywide recycling begins Jan. 1

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By Calen McKinney

Taylor Countians will have another place to recycle their paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum and plastic starting Jan. 1.

At last Tuesday night's Fiscal Court meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that Waste Connections Inc. personnel agreed to begin accepting recyclable materials at the beginning of the year.

Magistrates gave their approval last month to request that Waste Connections Inc. accept recyclables at its drop-off site on Dale Avenue.

There is no cost to the County.

The County could make money on the sale of the recyclables, Rogers said, if any is left after paying Waste Connection's fees for transporting the materials.

Bins will be available at the Waste Connections Inc. site, though residents will be required to separate their items.

Waste Connections employees will take the items to Washington County, which Rogers says is a regional recycling partner with Taylor County.

Even if the County doesn't receive any money, Rogers said Tuesday night, the County will benefit because the items collected will have been recycled and not placed in a landfill or illegally dumped.

Recycling bins will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Glass will not be accepted.

Subdivision regulations

Those building new subdivisions in Taylor County now have some formal regulations to follow.

Magistrates had second reading of an ordinance establishing County subdivision regulations, which will become law after it is published in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

A committee made up of local real estate personnel, surveyors, contractors and other officials was formed in February to study subdivision regulations, create an ordinance and report back to Fiscal Court.

At the October meeting, County Attorney Craig Cox told the Court that the committee had agreed on an ordinance. Magistrates were presented with a copy but didn't have first reading of it until last month.

At last Tuesday's meeting, Cox read a letter from local real estate broker and auctioneer John Kessler stating that he encourages magistrates to adopt the ordinance.

At last month's meeting, Cox told magistrates that the ordinance doesn't change the process of subdividing property much, and most real estate officials already do what is required.

The ordinance will merely act as a way to formalize the process of subdividing property, Cox said, by requiring that a property plat be submitted for review and approval before a new subdivision is created.

Cox said Tuesday night that the adoption of the ordinance won't interfere with the City's subdivision regulations, which extend to one mile outside the City limits. The new ordinance will apply to subdivisions built outside that area.

Magistrate Ed Gorin, who served on the Committee studying the regulations, made a motion to approve second reading. Newly elected Magistrate Matt Pendleton, who was sworn into office recently and was attending his first meeting as a magistrate, seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

A copy of the ordinance is available at Rogers' office at the Taylor County Courthouse.

Also at the meeting:

- Rodney Ballard, Department of Corrections' deputy commissioner of community services, addressed the Court about the number of inmates currently housed at the Taylor County Detention Center.

"The jail's right on track," he said.

Magistrates asked Ballard when he expects the jail to be full.

"As [jail employees] learn and mature, we'll bring more inmates," he said. "They're doing fine."

Ballard said County officials need to remember that the County hasn't ever had a jail like the one it has now.

"You're doing everything we could ask of you," he said. "If I had been involved [in the jail budget process from the beginning], I would have told you that a jail would never bring in revenue in the first six months."

Ballard said the County is doing everything it can to receive state inmates, though he said he would not guess as to when the jail will receive enough inmates to fill all of its beds.

- Magistrates accepted an additional $500,000 borrowed from the Kentucky Association of Counties to pay for costs associated with the Taylor County Detention Center. Magistrates previously agreed to borrow up to $1 million to help with jail costs, and the Court has already borrowed $500,000. Rogers said this additional loan will keep the jail running until it begins generating revenue.

- The Court agreed to enter into a contract with Phillip Brothers Construction of Vine Grove, Ky. to complete the Taylor County Courthouse square project. Rogers said the company now has 45 days to begin the project, which will be paid for with state grant funds.

- John Kessler and Kim Corbin were appointed to the Taylor County Extension Board. Their terms will expire in 2012.

- Magistrates adopted a resolution authorizing the County to apply for a land and water conservation grant and a fair housing resolution.

- Rogers announced that a homeless count will be conducted Jan. 29. Magistrates agreed to work with City officials on the count, which determines how much grant funding states receive.

- Magistrates declared four vehicles as surplus property of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and approved a budget amendment that will complete the 2008 budget year. Magistrates also approved the sheriff's 2009 budget, which totals about $1.1 million.

- Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp told magistrates that the sheriff's office recently received a grant for $116,000 to purchase new radios. Shipp also said the Campbellsville Police Department is giving its old radios to be used by to staff at the Taylor County Detention Office.

- Magistrates approved the payment of construction and architecture bills on behalf of the jail and judicial center, totaling nearly $450,000.

- Magistrates had second reading of budget amendments in the amounts of $579,550 and $78,800 from borrowed money line items to the City of Campbellsville and road department salary line items, respectively. Magistrates approved four budget transfers, including $16,000 from the general fund's reserve line item to various line items, $9,500 from the road rock line item in the road fund to various line items in the road fund, $104,450 in the jail fund's reserve line item to various jail fund line items and $323,333.52 from the general fund to the jail fund.

- A little more than $1.2 million has been collected this fiscal year. Since the Court's November meeting, about $17,000 has been collected.

- 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.