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County ponders contract for recycling services

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By Donald Richie

Future funding of recycling efforts in Harrison County remain undecided after Tuesdays meeting of the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

Magistrates discussed the contract with Randys Recycling, but in the end took no action.

At issue is the city of Cynthianas apparent decision to end its $21,000 annual subsidy of the business, based on the fact that city employees pick up the recycled materials using a city vehicle and city-bought fuel.

This decision was laid out in a letter to the court signed by Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown and the four city commissioners.

The Board feels the city meets their obligation to the program by supplying the truck and subsequent maintenance expenses in addition to the manpower to collect the materials, the letter said. With the increase in fuel prices, the Board feels this contribution is adequate.

That $21,000 is also matched by the county government.

It was reported by Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett that he met with recycling center owner Randy Northcutt and District 8 Magistrate Bradley Copes to discuss the contract and come up with options.

Barnett said Northcutt agreed to a lower rate if the city ceased its pick up operations.

The mayor doesnt think thats a viable alternative, Barnett said. The mayor says he can deliver it to Paris and they will actually pay him a little bit for it.

Barnett said he felt it is important for county residents to have recycling available.

He also said since the contract at this point is over $20,000, it would have to be re-bid anyway.

Its an ongoing process, he said.

Copes added that as long as Northcutt was continuing under the contract, which expired June 30, the county should continue supporting him.

District 7 Magistrate Dwayne Florence said the citys decision demonstrated poor timing.

In a time when everybody is going green, I think thats a bad decision by the city, he said, noting that state agencies across the board encourage recycling. I guess Randy, if he wanted to, could refuse... he doesnt have to take anything from the city or Harrison County.

He noted that if that happened, all the formerly recycled materials would go to the trash.

In other action, the court:

Awarded bridge replacement bids to Rons Concrete (for concrete work) and E&H Bridge (for the bridge deck) for spans on Waits Road, Snake Lick Pike and Lower Two Lick Pike.

The costs for the three bridges will be $131,148.07 plus the cost of concrete, which the county agreed to buy.

In a related matter, the court voted to purchase a smaller bridge deck from E&H for Robinson-Union Road at a cost of $13,827.01. It will be installed by county road workers sometime in the fall.

Approved purchase of Welcome to Harrison County signs to be placed at the county line on U.S. 27, U.S. 62 and Ky. 36.

The six signs will be two-sided and cost between $600 and $650 each. They were requested by the Chamber of Commerce and a Harrison County Tomorrow task force.

Decided to hire a contract worker to clean the bathrooms at the Oddville Avenue Recreation Park, once per day, five days per week. The contract will pay $100 per month for the service.

Barnett said Brown told him the city would provide paper products and cleaning supplies for the restrooms.

Approved an amended budget for the Harrison County Sheriffs Department.

Agreed to let Barnett check into having the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter, the courthouse and the steps of the justice center pressure washed.

Barnett will also research more durable paint for the justice center steps.

Heard Barnett report that the bill to clean up the Juett property on Ky. 982 was given to one of the property owners with the understanding that if it is not paid, a lien will be placed on the property.

Heard Barnett report he had sent a letter to a constable warning him not to use blue lights in his car.

Barnett apparently witnesses the constable driving the car with blue lights on sometime earlier in the month.

The court has previously forbid the use of blue lights and sirens by constables.

Barnett also said he refused payment of lab fees from a DUI arrest made by a different constable, noting the sheriffs department pays its own fees on such arrests.