Residents from the Zion community would like to see a bridge rebuilt in

that area. Several attended last Thursday's meeting of fiscal court to relay

the message.

Alene New, a resident of the area, said she had gathered 373 signatures

of people who supported rebuilding the bridge. New said the previous bridge

was washed out many years ago.

District Three Magistrate Dale Vaughn said he would also like to see a

bridge built in the community, but noted that the number one obstacle was

money. Vaughn said the Corps of Engineers has granted an easement so the

county can construct a bridge.

Vaughn pledged his help with the project, noting that he would contact

any state officials he could to try to get funding. County Judge-Executive

Greg Rankin noted that he had talked with officials in the Transportation

Cabinet and made them aware of the need.

Vaughn suggested that the first step be to find out exactly how much it

will cost to build the new bridge.

Also during Thursday's meeting, the court heard the second reading of an

ordinance related to temporary motor vehicle sales. The ordinance relates to

sales that are hosted by a dealer at a location other than their licensed

place of business.

No action was taken and the ordinance died for lack of a motion.

The court will consider assisting with a portion of the cost of repaving

Phase II of the Meadow Springs Subdivision, after hearing a request from one

of the owners, Philip Morgan. Morgan told court members that he and the

other owner, Bob Denney, had spent approximately $34,000 repaving Phase II

of the development, which is now part of the county road system.

District Four Magistrate Richard Munsey said he would like to take some

time to look at the request before making a decision and other members of

the court agreed.

The court approved a new co-pay plan for health insurance for employees.

Rankin explained that because the county pays the entire cost of health

insurance for employees, no one can opt out of the plan. He said there are

currently four employees who are insured elsewhere, but they cannot cancel

the coverage the county provides.

Rankin said under the new proposal the county would pay 99 percent of

the cost of health insurance for employees and then by giving each employee

a raise of three cents per hour would cover the cost of the other one

percent. Employees would not lose any of their take home pay because of the


Rankin said this would save the county $17,220 per year for the

employees who can opt out of the insurance coverage.

In other action during the meeting, the court:

* Approved the adoption of the Gilbert Phillips Road into the county

road system.

€ Approved the adoption of Sharon Drive into the county road system.

€ Agreed to transfer two surplus vehicles from the Sheriff's Department

to the Wayne County Rescue Squad.

€ Agreed to advertise to accept the Bethesda Heights Subdivision into

the county road system.

€ Heard a monthly report from Jailer Ray Upchurch who noted that the

current population at the Detention Center is 172, which includes 100 state

inmates and 72 county inmates. Upchurch said that the Detention Center has

billed a total of $92,236.90 for housing inmates during the month of August.

€ Heard a monthly report from Solid Waste Coordinator Tim Bell who noted

that white goods had been picked up at 105 households over the past month.

He said that 67 miles of roadway had been cleaned up through the Litter

Abatement Program.

€ Heard a monthly report from EMS Director Bubby Corder who noted that

the ambulance service has answered 2,232 calls so far this year. Corder said

that work is continuing on the new EMS building.

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