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KYTC outlines repair work on secondary highways

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will resurface two rural secondary highways and repair a box culvert, if funds allow in the next fiscal year.

KYTC Engineer Jason Ward outlined the three projects in a presentation to the Fiscal Court.  He recommended repaving KY-815 in western Daviess County.

“There’s a lot of heavy traffic on that route with the sanitation landfill,” Ward said.  “We would be starting at KY-1514 and going up to KY-56 at West Louisville.”

The resurfacing project covers 4.3 miles at a projected cost of $600,000.  Additional work may include: raising a section of the highway that floods, adding guardrails and reworking some culvert ends to improve safety.

Ward proposed another repaving project in the Whitesville area along KY-764.

“Beginning at the Daviess – Ohio County line and ending at KY-54 for about three miles,” he said.  “That’s a busy road that carries nearly 1,000 cars a day.”

The projected cost is $450,000 and includes reworking some drainage lines.  If additional funds remain, the state would look at repairing a box culvert on KY-764 near the 7.5 mile marker.

Ward explained that water is undercutting the embankment, and the roadway is starting to show signs of distress.  KYTC would repair the approach to the culvert at a cost of $100,000.

The county opted to keep its share of flex funds to be utilized for other local road projects.

Tire Amnesty Event

Daviess County Fiscal Court and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management will sponsor a free tire disposal event.

“We will be having it at the Daviess County Fairgrounds,” said David Smith, Director of Legislative Services.  “As you are aware, we have partnered with the Lions Club on numerous occasions, including the funding of the Curtsinger Livestock building.  In light of our partnership, they are allowing us to use their arena for free.”

The tire amnesty event will be Thursday, July 15th through Saturday, July 17th.

  • Thursday, July 15th 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, July 16th 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 17th 7 a.m. to Noon

All tires will be accepted, including farm implement, bicycle, motorcycle, go-cart, ATV, tractor, truck & passenger.  Workers cannot accept off-road construction tires, tracks or solid tires.

Other News:

Fiscal Court approved a design contract for the Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Animal Shelter.  The clinic is expected to be operational later this year, and Dr. Julie Gray has been hired as the County Veterinarian.

Commissioners awarded a quote for 500 cubic yards of playground mulch for the Parks Department.

Fiscal Court also accepted a modified contract for the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) at the Daviess County Detention Center.

Judge-Exec. Al Mattingly proclaimed the week of May 16-22 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

In his comments, Mattingly noted the upcoming Bar-B-Q Block Party, a scaled-down event meant to preserve some of the traditional Bar-B-Q Festival elements.  It will be Saturday, May 8th in Downtown Owensboro.

RiverPark Center

Mattingly also shared a letter from the board treasurer of the RiverPark Center.  In 2019, the Fiscal Court made a $100,000 pledge to improvements at the facility.

The initial payment, totaling $50,000, went to needed repairs.  The second installment came with a provision, requiring the RiverPark Center to raise $750,000 in pledges.  Mattingly said the board had reached that mark, so the County will provide the second installment of $50,000.


Joseph Burden will join the Solid Waste Department as Heavy Equipment Operator.

Brandi Hughes has been hired as Administrative Specialist for the Daviess County Attorney’s Office in the Civil Division.

Casey Hamilton will join the Daviess County Fire Department as Firefighter/EMT.

Steve Nazaruk has been hired as Seasonal Park Attendant at Panther Creek Park.

Fiscal Court extended the term of Michelle Drake on the Library Board (9/13/19-9/13/2023).  Drake serves as Chair of the Board.

Commissioners also appointed Larry Boswell to the Industrial Development Authority and Danny Richeson to the OMPC Building Code Appeals Board.

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