Residents living in the county’s jurisdiction are now under an outdoor burning ban that was proclaimed Tuesday at a meeting of the Madison Fiscal Court.

The ban is the result of extremely dry conditions and the possibility of forest fires, said Madison Judge-Executive Kent Clark.

Those who must participate in outdoor burning must get permission and be supervised.

“For anything that has to be burned, they need to go through the fire stations,” Clark said. “They need to tell the fire chief what time they plan on doing it, give the circumstances as to why it needs to be burned.”

The ban officially went into effect at noon Tuesday when Clark sent an executive order to local media.

“This prohibition is in effect until this executive order has been rescinded by public notice,” the order states. “I urge all Madison County citizens to comply with this proclamation so we can preserve Madison County’s timber values.”

The city has no intentions of issuing an outdoor burning ban at this time, said Richmond Fire Chief Gerald Tatum.

In other business:

• Clark received the court’s permission to draft letters to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to ask for traffic lights and turning lanes at the intersections of KY1016 and Shortline Pike in Berea and Union City and Red House roads.

“The intersection of 1016 and Shortline Pike has too much traffic,” Clark said. “There’s a little bridge right there and it’s a really dangerous area.”

As for the Union City and Red House Road intersection, the construction of the Michael B. Caudill Middle School is adding to the congestion in the area.

“It’s going to be a nightmare,” he said.

The fiscal court is willing to help with the costs of relocating utilities during the work, Clark said.

“We’re going to see if this works, and maybe we’ll do a few more (intersections),” he said.

• Madison County Extension Agent Gina Noe addressed the court about the upcoming “Second Sunday Walk/Bike Madison County” event Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Battlefield Golf course paths and park trails will be open to non-motorized traffic only from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Battlefield Park and golf course on US 421.

Prizes will be given to the three teams with the most participants and water bottles will be available to the first 200 who register.

The event also will feature some history, including Civil War re-enactors, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, guided tours of Battlefield Park and a barber shop quartet.

“The idea behind (the event) is to draw attention to the need in our state for more physical activity,” Noe said. “Depending on what study you read, Kentucky is in the top 10 (nationwide) for obesity, and that’s not one of the top 10s we want to be in. A lot of it has to do with our lifestyles. We eat a lot, and we don’t move much.”

Call 623-4072 for more details about the Second Sunday event.

• Leroy Brock, former director of the Madison County Road Department, was hired Tuesday to supervise both the county and Berea road departments for the sake of efficiency, Clark said.

However, the vote was not unanimous.

All magistrates voted yes except Roger Barger.

“I know the retirement system accepts what’s being done, but I don’t,” he said.

Barger was very clear that he had no problems with Brock, but rather the process.

Brock retired from the county road department in March, but was rehired in April to serve as the county’s assistant parks superintendent.

He now will direct both road departments for a annual salary of $55,000.

“He was very, very worried about what they were going to do with the retirement system,” Clark said. “He felt that it was in his best interest to go on and retire before the end of the fiscal year because nobody really knew what was going to happen. So then, retirement has come out with this whole overhaul and made it available for him to come back. I’ve got so much going on and I’m trying to keep up with everything. I felt like I needed somebody with the experience, the expertise to oversee both supervisors of both crews and take care of Madison County roads in the winter, and he is the very best.”

• James Rowe was appointed to the Northern Madison County Sanitation District. Kathy Edson was appointed to the Business and Technology Center Board and Michael Bryant was re-appointed as deputy director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

• Trick or Treat will be observed in the county from to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. This date and time coincides with those chosen by the Richmond City Commission.

The next meeting of the Madison Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the fiscal court chambers inside the Madison County Courthouse.



Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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