The change that is being brought before the public is to require lots of 10 acres or smaller in the county to have at least 150 feet of road frontage. Lots of 10 acres or more would only require 40 feet of road frontage.
Chidester said the change would be useful in preventing someone buying a fair sized lot and later selling the lot as several smaller lots. Chidester said he understands that for some farmers, their land is their 401k or retirement benefits. Chidester said the commission is not trying to tamper with that but it is trying to slow down the production of smaller lots.
Boyle County Solid Waste Coordinator Donna Fechter paid the court a visit, asking it to consider bids for a horizontal baler and an industrial paper shredder. The court accepted a bid of about $77,000 for the baler and a conveyor to go with it. The total is about $2,000 more than a grant from the state will pay for but Fechter said she can make up for the difference while still coming under budget.
The court also accepted a bid for an industrial shredder for less than $14,000. That amount is about $2,000 less than the amount received from a state grant for the shredder. Fechter said the shredder can process two tons of paper an hour.
Fechter also told the court the recycling center soon will be full-service.
Asbestos found in Ivy Florist Cottage property
In other business, McKinney said the Ivy Florist Cottage property that will be turned into courthouse parking hit a minor speed bump when asbestos was found in the building. McKinney assured the court the asbestos will be easily taken care of. No timetable for the project was given.
McKinney also informed the court the joint jail is looking into using third-party medical services for inmates. McKinney said prices are being looked into as well as the responsibilities that come with using a third-party service. McKinney said he thinks the county and jail can save some money by doing so.
Magistrate Mickey Harmon thanked the road department for clearing trees and debris from the roads after a recent windstorm hit the area. County Engineer Duane Campbell said 16 roads were affected by the storm.
Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin attended the meeting in full uniform. After the meeting, he said he is back on duty as of Monday after having been off on medical leave since the end of July.