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Court proceeds with Handy House agreement

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By Becky Barnes

Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett asked for and received a vote of confidence from magistrates for an agreement with the Handy House Committee.

Barnett said the county will not expect a complete restoration of the Handy House to be completed within five years. However, he said the house should be stabilized and the exterior appearance improved within that allotted time.

The draft agreement leases the Handy House to the Historical Society and that group releases the Jess Burrier property, which has also been identified as being of historical significance, so that the state Department of Transportation can use fill dirt from the site for the new viaduct. The contractor also agrees to do some grading at the park at no cost to the county.

“I think it’s a win-win situation,” Barnett said. “It takes the pressure off of us and puts it on the Historical Society.

Magistrates agreed that the agreement needs more specific language regarding what is expected to be done to the house within the time frame.

Barnett also noted that without the agreement, the county will likely not receive any federal financial assistance for the Flat Run Veteran’ Park development. Also, any grants received without an agreement, could require the county to forfeit 25 percent of those funds.

Magistrates asked that a representative of Kentucky Heritage Council address the court regarding the effects of the 106 review for future developments at the park.

For the complete story, see this week's edition of The Cythiana Democrat.