Madison County is seeking a transportation grant in the amount of $25 million to complete the widening of the KY Highway 52 connector road, judge/executive Reagan Taylor said Tuesday during a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting in Berea.

The court unanimously approved the resolution allowing Taylor to file an application for the BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Tiger Transportation grant and provide a partial financial match not exceeding $500,000/equal but not exceeding the City of Richmond’s contribution.

Deputy judge/executive Colleen Chaney added that the Begley family, who owns a significant amount of right of way easements, have offered to “donate (a) portion in kind for a $130,000” match. The state will cover the balance of the project award out of the road fund.

Taylor noted the county likely wouldn’t have to come up with their portion of the match until 2022 due to the project’s timeline. While set to be cash, the county’s contribution could be changed to “in kind” or significantly lowered by such contributions.

Eastern Kentucky University has written a letter of support for the highly competitive grant. Letters have been requested of Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr.

Deadline for the application is July 19.

Should Madison County not be selected for the grant they have the option to apply again next year, Chaney said.

In other business

• The fiscal court approved the 2018-2019 County Road Aid Agreement with the Transportation Cabinet.

• A waste tire collection is set for Sept. 13-15 at the State Highway Department, 2441 Lexington Road. County residents can bring and dispose old tires for free on these days. Taylor requested Environmental and Animal Care director Scott Tussey attempt to partner with the City of Berea to provide a drop-off location for southern Madison County. There is no limit to the amount of tires one can bring, however, people in tire retail and scrap yards are ineligible to participate. The fiscal court approved the agreement for this event.

• Promotion of a road employee to heavy equipment operator, increasing his salary from $13 to $16 was approved. Also approved were two promotions within the Madison County Fire Department: one to lieutenant for $12 per hour and one to captain for $11 per hour. Two other individuals were hired as lieutenant and firefighter at the respective rates of $10 and $7.25.

• A memorandum agreement for EKU’s mass notification system RAVE was approved.

• An ordinance allowing mini warehouses in the industrial corridor was approved after the second reading, as well as ordinances changing the parking requirements for residential developments, increasing the maximum density for multi-family zones and omitting building height restrictions.

• Following an executive session, members voted to suspend a county employee for five days without pay.

• The next meeting of the Madison County Fiscal Court is scheduled for July 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fiscal Court Chambers in the Madison County Courthouse in Richmond. A special called meeting is scheduled for July 12 at 2 p.m. in the same location.

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