County business includes trash collection, water lines

According to Johnson County officials, a total of 552 residents took advantage of the countywide cleanup last month, offloading garbage at Apple Valley Sanitation at no cost, just one project on which the county has been working.

The Johnson County Fiscal Court has been busy with projects spanning improvements, construction, roads and cleanup.

Johnson Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie said the actions taken at a special meeting held Wednesday will see new water lines constructed along Honey Lane, Buffalo/Pigeon Roost and Hackney Road, using coal severance funds set aside for the project last year.

In another action, the court approved an agreement for the W. R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department to take on the day-to-day work of executing the grant for improvements to the department’s station, for which the court served as applicant.

McKenzie said recent talk in Frankfort about returning 100 percent of coal severance funds to the coal producing counties should be not be a political issue in the face of declining severance totals.

“It’s a nonpartisan issue,” McKenzie said.

Other county business included the wrap-up of the countywide cleanup June 30, ending with 552 county residents taking the opportunity to offload garbage at Apple Valley Sanitation at no cost.

Meanwhile roadside cleanup efforts, with both volunteers and inmate labor coordinated by jailer Steve Rose and PRIDE coordinator Monica Spriggs, have covered 78 miles of Johnson County roads and resulted in 1,577 bags of garbage collected so far this year.

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