Mercer to rename section of U.S. 68 to honor McGinnis

January 28, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - A stretch of highway will be renamed to honor the late Mercer County Judge-Executive Charles McGinnis who lost his battle with cancer in the fall.

Mercer County Fiscal Court approved a resolution Tuesday morning to name a section of U.S. 68 from the intersection of Ky. 152 to the Mercer-Boyle county line.

While that section will be called the Charles H. McGinnis Memorial Highway, no addresses along that road will be changed.

McGinnis' successor, John Trisler, said state Rep. Jack Coleman brought the idea to his attention about two weeks ago.

The resolution will go on to the state General Assembly and after that body approves it, the Department of Transportation will put the signs up along the roadway.

Fiscal Court also approved the purchase of two pieces of equipment for the E-911 system in the county.

The equipment will send 911 calls from wireless telephones in Mercer County to Mercer County Central Dispatch at the Harrodsburg Police Department. Often such calls are routed to the Kentucky State Police post in Richmond.


"We're close to implementing the equipment," said Assistant Police Chief Rodney Harlow, a member of the committee that oversees the 911 equipment. Fiscal Court agreed to spend a maximum of $25,000 for the equipment.

The court also:

* Decided to use Mid-State Recycling for the metal and white goods brought to the recycling center. The county had contracted with Environmental Recycling, but Fiscal Court decided to change to Mid-State after Jonathan Frazier spoke to the court at its last meeting.

* Accepted the resignation of David Weber, the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency director. Weber resigned several years ago, but returned after his successor, Steve Oglesby, took another job.

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