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County to clean up property on Edgewater Pike

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By Donald Richie

The Harrison County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to clean up a problematic county property and place a lien on it until the cost is repaid.

The court had discussed this property, known as the Raymond Juett property on Ky. 982, on May 13 and decided at that time to have Harrison County Attorney Bill Kuster look into the legality of the action and whether the property already had federal liens on it.

After hearing at the May 27 meeting that it would be possible to proceed, the court approved this action.

On Tuesday, Kuster reported that he had sent letters to the propertys owners with notice of the countys intentions.

He said James Juett, who owns one quarter interest in the property, called him on May 28 and said he would have it cleaned up within 30 days.

Unless something magical has happened that I havent heard about, that hasnt happened, Kuster said.

He added that he told Juett that he would ask the court to delay any action until that 30 day period expires, which would happen Saturday.

His advice to the court was to authorize Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett to move forward with the plan at that time.

Barnett estimated the cost to be around $1,000.

Magistrates approved the action.

In other action, the court:

Heard from Brett Gaspard of Rumpke regarding renewal of the countys trash pick up contract.

Citing rising diesel prices, Gaspard told the court monthly trash pick up would rise from $14.41 per month to $15.75. The court voted to approve the contract and requested the extra $1.34 per month be listed as a fuel surcharge which could be lowered in the next contract if prices fall.

Approved advertising for bids for bridge replacements on Snake Lick Pike, Waits Lane and Lower Two Lick Road.

Heard that NatureChem will be spraying roadsides starting Monday. People who dont want the spray on their properties right of way need to post no spray signs.

Approved the appointment of Tom Leith to the recreation board.

Heard Barnett report that the 10-hour work days recently implemented at the road department are working well, allowing workers to get more done in the same amount of time per week.

Discussed having an auction for surplus goods owned by the county. Barnett said he would like to touch base with city officials and see if there are any items they would like to include.

Approved second reading of the 2008-2009 budget.

Agreed to reimburse Barnett for the money he personally contributed to the Pee Wee football program last fall for insurance.

Approved a resolution accepting $7,500 from the Bluegrass Area Development District to complete the shelter and perform maintenance to the walking trails at the Oddville Avenue recreation park.

Agreed to purchase a carpet cleaning machine for county buildings at an estimated cost of $1,500. It was noted that Andy Barnes has agreed to clean the carpets as part of his cleaning contract with the county.