New county fire truck on its way

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Recycling, solid waste and Veterans Memorial Park also on agenda.

By Calen McKinney

Magistrates had three meetings on Monday to discuss a number of issues affecting Taylor County residents.

From discussions of fire trucks to recycling and the operation of Veterans Memorial Park, the meetings were open to the public. Several community members attended.


Fire Protection and Emergency Services

The meetings began at 8 a.m., with this Committee discussing the County's new fire truck, which is currently being built in Pennsylvania.

Magistrates Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips attended, as did Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Taylor County Volunteer Fire Chief George Wilson.

Wilson said the new truck is a 2,500-gallon tanker that will be delivered around the second week of January.

He said the County received a $237,000 grant to help pay for the truck's $436,000 cost. The remainder will have to be borrowed, Wilson said, from the Kentucky Association of Counties.

The loan on another of the fire department's trucks was paid in full this year, he said, which means the County won't be paying any more in loans than it had been.

An older truck will be taken out of service when the County receives the new truck, he said, and will be given to the road department.

Wilson also told the Committee that the fire department is applying for grants to build its own station.


Sanitation and Environmental

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, Committee members Gorin and Phillips discussed with Pat Hardesty, Pat Webster, Solid Waste Coordinator Debra McNear and incoming Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young the possibility of offering countywide recycling and garbage collection. Young said he is agreeable to discussing both.

"I'd like to see us do more things like this together," Gorin said.

The group also discussed the County's solid waste management plan, which must be completed by 2012, and garbage service, which must be bid on in 2013. The County's contract with Waste Connections expires in 2014.


Planning, Parks and Recreation

At 11 a.m., Committee members Gorin and Phillips discussed the operation of Veterans Memorial Park with Jason England of Audience 1, a Christian-based sports camp organization, and Justin McDonald, Campbellsville Baptist Church's activities pastor.

England requested the permanent use of a field at VMP, and the Committee agreed that he should discuss the issue with CBC.

The Committee also discussed insurance issues when hosting events at the park and members said they will speak with incoming County Attorney John Bertram about that.

Gorin said new restrooms have been built at the park. The group also discussed asking local businesses to sponsor new scoreboards. McDonald said the current ones haven't worked for some time.

Phillips said the park attracted 30,000 people during the last sporting season.