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Fiscal court gives official nod to county sanitation district

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

The Harrison County Fiscal Court gave final approval to the creation of a sanitation district, moving a step closer toward resolving the crisis at the Cedarbrook sewer treatment plant.

The sewer district, Judge Executive Alex Barnett argued, is the best answer to an issue that erupted last March when the R.A. Williams Construction Company filed paperwork with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to abandon the plant’s operations.

Working with the Kentucky Association of Counties and WEDCO, an ordinance was crafted to create a sewer district that would manage the operations of the Cedarbrook plant without impacting the county’s budget or create a taxing district.

The ordinance passed unanimously on a motion from Magistrate Frank Henson.

It now falls on Barnett to appoint members to the sewer district board. The ball is also in R.A. Williams’ court to turn over their interest in the Cedarbrook plant to the sewer district, Barnett said.

Barnett indicated that the sewer district would look to R.A. Williams for additional help beyond just relinquishing management.

There will be a walkthrough inspection of the Cedarbrook package treatment facility in August involving representatives of the Bluegrass Area Development District and the Kentucky Association of Counties, Barnett said. 

In other business, the court:

• The fiscal court tabled granting a 99-year lease to the Harrison County Heritage Council to renovate the historic Handy House. They will review a business plan the heritage council submitted and render a decision at the next court meeting. See details of the proposal in the City Commission story.

•Authorized Barnett to secure $335,000 from the Kentucky Transportation cabinet to re-surface Oddville Sunrise Road. However, on a request from Magistrate Bradley Copes, paving work would be delayed a month to see if there would be room in the county budget to pave the entire road. 

The current funding would only cover about four miles and Copes felt the road could use a lot more work.

•Approved a donation of $500 for the anti-drug book published by the Cynthiana City Police Department.

 •Approved Jeff Courtney’s bid to repair county barns.