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The Madison County Fiscal Court received a check from the Kentucky Department of Transportation Tuesday that will be used to upgrade a pair of secondary roads in the county, including a 6.3-mile section of Red Lick Road.

A portion of Lost Fork Road (2.8 miles) also will be used from $810,000 in funding from the state for the 2020 fiscal year. A section of Charlie Norris Road will be repaved in the future.

“We look at Madison County as a whole and not as magisterial districts,” said Bret Blair of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The county also received $295,000 in flex funding to repair roads within the county. The money can only be used for full width, stripping and resurfacing on secondary roads within the county.

Three percent of the funding is withheld for emergency purposes.

The rural secondary program is funded from the motor fuel tax in Kentucky.

The court also approved a road aid agreement with the transportation cabinet for $1,477,659.43, less than 3 percent.

Magistrates also approved $145,653.21 in Municipal aid for urban corridors from the state transportation cabinet.

In other business:

• The court approved an agreement with the Bluegrass Army Depot on the operating procedures in case of a chemical weapons emergency at BGAD. “We do not want to warn the public if there is not an immediate danger to them,” said Dustin Heiser, director of Madison County CSEPP.

• The court also adopted a resolution on responses and decision trees, shelters and re-location in case of a chemical emergency. The list includes scenarios and shelter in place is considered the best security in case of an emergency.

• Approved a lease agreement with EZ Go for golf carts at Battlefield Golf Course. The new lease agreement will save the county approximately $21,000 over the five-year term of the agreement.

• Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor proclaimed April as Madison County Hunger Awareness Month. The annual Empty Bowls Project will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Richmond.

• Taylor also signed a proclamation designating April 26 as Sara Care Week in Madison County. The event will be April 26 at Union Church.

• Hired Ryan Phillips for the grounds crew at Battlefield Golf Course for $8.50 per hour. Magistrates also hired Steven Brock for $12 an hour in the county road department.

• Holy week services will be April 15-19 at First Baptist Church at the corner of Francis and Collins Street.

• A spring craft show is set for 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 20 at the Kirksville Community Center.

• The Berea Kiwanis Club will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. on April 20 at the Berea Skate Park. The Richmond Parks and Recreation “Eggstravaganza” will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Reba.

• The Officer Ellis Memorial 5K will be at 8:30 a.m. on April 27 at Richmond Centre.

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Next meeting: Tuesday, April 23, Richmond.

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