By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
The Estill County Fiscal Court had a decision to make. Whether to accept an increased offer on the Stacy Lane property they wish to sell or wait for another buyer who will agree to their terms.
At their regular monthly meeting last week, the court agreed to accept $450,000 from the Estill County Extension Service to purchase the property that formerly housed Headstart and Kentucky River Foothills.
The property shares utilities with the Estill County Senior Citizens Center. The court voted at that time to ask the buyer to foot the bill for separating the two buildings so that each would have their own service and meters.
The extension service made a counter offer of $475,000. Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor explained it to the court at a special called session Monday in his office.
“They don’t want to have to handle the separation so they upped their offer by $25,000 and asked that we take care of it,” he said. “I recommend we take the offer.”
The court agreed.
Another item on the short agenda was the second reading and adoption of a sewer ordinance.
The usual seven day wait after advertisement of the ordinance was waved as it was declared to be an emergency situation. The ordinance had to be enacted prior to Oct. 1 so the county and the City of Irvine can move forward with the sewer plant project.
“We may want to look at this closer on down the road,” District Two Magistrate Greg Hall said. “But we need to move past this now.”
The court agreed and voted to adopt the ordinance.
The magistrates wanted to know if the 32 easements required for the project had all been signed.
“All but one,” County Attorney Rodney Davis said. “Some property which belongs to the Newtons will have to be condemned in order to get the right of way. But I hope once we file for condemnation, the water district can go back and talk to them.”
District Three Magistrate Darrell Johnson said he felt like things were being done in a rush.
“Seems like a lot is happening in a hurry,” he said.
Davis told him that he had been asked to get the easements signed and some other paperwork done in the last three weeks. The county water district and Irvine Muncipal Utilities have been working to merge and build a new sanitary wastewater removal system for about eight years.