Madison County Courthouse

The Madison County Fiscal Court approved several bids ahead of the new Fiscal year that begins July 1 during its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday morning in Richmond.

Magistrates approved bids for the county’s fuel, asphalt oil and culverts for the next 12 months. The price of gas decreased six cents per gallon at $2.29, while diesel fuel dipped to $2.49 (on road) and $2.26 (off road) and will be supplied by the Riley Oil Company, which road administrator Scott Shepherd said has provided the county with “excellent customer service and equipment support” in the past.

“It’s down a little bit,” Shepherd said. “We are saving a little money.”

While fuel prices decreased from the past year, the price of asphalt tilted higher on a bid awarded to the Allen Company. The base price increased more than six dollars to $62.65 per ton. Surface asphalt climbed from $58.25 to $65.25 per ton.

“It’s gone up anywhere from six to 12 (dollars) per ton, depending on which category you are in,” Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said. “It sure has gone up.”

Taylor added that the price is good for an entire year, which could be a factor because of possible price increases during the next Fiscal year.

“They’re trying to justify the market during the next 12 months,” he said.

Magistrate Tom Botkin asked why the price increased over the previous year and Shepherd said the reason given by the bidder was because of an increase in petroleum from the previous year.

“If you only get one bid, you don’t have any other choice,” Magistrate Larry Combs said.

Most of the county’s purchases from the Allen Company is laid asphalt.

“It’s cheaper for us to let them lay it with their machinery than it is for us and our manpower,” Shepherd said.

The Allen Company also received the rock bid and Foster Supply, based in London, was awarded the bid for culverts.

The county also awarded a bid for shelter-in-place kits from Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services. The cost is $35.97 for 5,000 kits and $35.38 for more than 10,000. Madison County EMA/CSEPP Director Scott Heiser said 30,000 kits are scheduled to be delivered to residents in the county by PVIS.

A resolution to re-organize the department of environmental care was approved. Environmental and solid waste is now part of the Madison County Road Department, while the animal control and animal shelter functions fall under Taylor’s jurisdiction.

The county also approved the adoption and memorandum of agreement between the Madison County Fiscal Court, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Highways for $176,396 for the resurfacing of Ford Road, Peggy Flats Road, Courage Road and Moberly Road in Madison County.

The court also heard first reading of the administrative code, drug and alcohol-free work place ordinance, code of ethics, classification schedule and employee rate of pay for the next fiscal year.

In other business:

• Taylor designated June 9-15 as National Flag Week in Madison County and encouraged all residents to display the flag this week.

• Approved a bid from the Bullpen Company and Tom Webb as the county’s grant administrator and writer for several big projects the county has planned for the future. Deputy Judge/Executive Colleen Chaney said the projects are in the “million dollar” range.

• The court went into executive session for 13 minutes but no action was taken on a personnel matter.

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