The Madison County Fiscal Court was asked to be the applicant agent for the state of Kentucky for the United State Bicycle Route 21 Transportation Grant, requesting $80,000 for proposed highway improvement on USBR 21, which extends from Florida to Ohio.
Tuesday, the Madison County Fiscal Court approved resolution 19-14 authorizing Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor as the lead administrator for the application and, upon approval, to enter an agreement with the 2019 Transportation Grant Program to execute documents deemed necessary to facilitate and administer the project.
The fiscal court, along with 10 other Kentucky counties that the bike path runs through, are committed to a 20% match paying $16,000 for the grant application. If awarded the grant, they would receive $64,000 in federal funds.
According to Taylor, Richmond, Berea and Madison County each contributed $1,000 for a total of $3,000 coming from the county and the remaining $13,000 balance would be paid for by the other county entities.
He stated that the $80,000 would help purchase the signs identified along the bike route for cyclists.
“It is a really good benefit for us, especially from a tourism standpoint for our two cities, for this bike route to be able to come through our cities and people stop and eat and stay,” Taylor said.
Taylor mentioned that the USBR 21 overlapped with the county’s Boone’s Trace Trail, which also helped with tourism for the area.
“Bicycling is a big activity, and there are a lot of people that do it,” he said.
With the USBR 21 being a federally owned highway, the project will receive federal funds and will be featured on federal websites.
“This bike route sort of puts Kentucky and Madison County on the map,” Taylor said.
Magistrate John Tudor said that he has several friends and family members that ride their bikes and said that anytime the county can receive funding to promote trail safety for bikers, it’s a good thing.
“This lets not only the bikers but the public know that there are bikers up ahead of them and keep these bikers safe on the highways,” Tudor said.
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• The court heard from Safety City representative, Lloyd Jordison, who said that in the past year, the educational facility has seen 14 adults and 448 children who are mostly in kindergarten and first grade. He said this was half of the normal amount of kids they typically would see and that a large part of that was due to inclement weather.
• The court approved the first reading of ordinance 19-10, which recommends a zone change from UC-1 (single family housing) zone to a UC-5 (urban/industrial) on the grounds that the UC-1 classification is improper for the area of 1692 Berea Road.
• Scott Shepherd, the county’s road department administrator gave a recommendation to deny a bid from Triple Crown Concrete due to the price of the bid. He asked the court to put the concrete project out for re-bid. The department received other bids that could not be accepted because they were sent via email.
The next Madison County Fiscal Court meeting will be held July 23, 9:30 a.m. at Richmond City Hall, 239 W. Main St., Richmond.
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