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Fiscal Court OKs joint funding for city-county planning office

March 10, 2011|By Mike Wynn | The Winchester Sun

The Clark County Fiscal Court on Wednesday put its stamp of approval on a landmark agreement with the city of Winchester to jointly fund the Department of Planning and Community Development.

The court unanimously supported an allocation of $52,600 each year, which will combine with annual contributions of $265,000 from the Winchester Board of Commissioners.

The move caps years of discussion on how the governments could better collaborate on development and code enforcement issues. In particular, county officials have sought more equity in the planning and zoning process.

Officials began discussing the matter in earnest in 2006, and a subsequent committee recommended a joint funding pact in 2008.

Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said he expected the process to move slowly, considering some of the structural differences between the city and the county.

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“I think that it is a start,” he said. “I think there are more things that we can collaborate on, but I think this is a real good start to provide the county with more input.”

In the past few years, city and county officials have also collaborated on code enforcement matters, an overhaul of planning and zoning policies and a joint administrative hearing board to hear code appeals.

In other business:

— The court received excess fees totaling more than $18,000 from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

— Court members amended language in its joint social host ordinance and administrative hearing board ordinance with the city commission.

— A $25,000 bid was awarded to Ron’s Concrete of Cynthiana to construct a new bridge on Four Mile Road. The project is expected to cause the road to close for 10 to 14 days. Officials are still hammering out details on scheduling.

— Shiela McCord was appointed to the Clark County Ethics Commission.

— Justin Fryman and Debra Jackson were hired as temporary deputy jailers at the Clark County Detention Center.

Contact Mike Wynn at mwynn@winchestersun.com.

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