Demolition begins soon on property the county purchased at the intersection of Court Street and East Kentucky Avenue.

The building known as the Ditmore Property is across Kentucky Avenue from the Simpson County Justice Center and across Court Street from the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office.

No exact date has been set for the demolition to begin.

Long term plans for the site have not been announced.

Multiple businesses have been located in the building.

Simpson County Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Bill Rohrs updated Simpson Fiscal Court on the demolition the court’s Feb. 18 meeting.

Also at the meeting, the court was presented the Simpson County Soil Conservation District’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21. No fiscal court action was required.

The proposed balanced budget projects receipts and expenditures both at $163,035.

The projected receipts include $80,000 from fiscal court.

Simpson County Soil Conservation District board member Chad Konow said the requested fiscal court funding is needed for the conservation district to maintain its balanced budget by the end of the next fiscal year.

Konow said the conservation district will not provide tree seedlings at the annual Earth Fay Fair in downtown Franklin due to reductions in the budget. He said the cuts will also result in less money spent for education programs in the school system.

The court authorized applying for a Crum/Rubber Tire Derived Products Grant issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and funded by the state’s waste tire trust fund.

If awarded the grant will be used to fund one half of paving Loving Chapel Road using recycled tire products. The other half of the road will be paved using asphalt.

This would be the first time recycled tire products have been used for paving in Simpson County.

The court also authorized advertising for bids for the repaving.

Approval was also given to a resolution authorizing an application for a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Grant to fund the purchase of new vests for the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is purchasing 12 vests at a total cost of $9,250. The vests would replace vests currently being used.

The court approved initial funding of $4,800 for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera to be used by Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue.

The county will be reimbursed by a $3,200 Kentucky Fire Commission grant for the camera’s purchase resulting in county funding of $1,600 actually being spent.

Approval was given to second and final reading of an ordinance amending the county budget adding $29,784 in unbudgeted revenue and appropriations to the budget.

The ordinance must now be published to take effect.

Ray Mann was reappointed to the Simpson County Water District Board for a four-year term. Mann is the current board chairman.

The court received the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office 2019 fee settlement.

The county’s January 31 financial statement was approved, subject to audit.

And, Magistrate Scott Poston said Fiscal Court received a Community Impact Partnership Award from United Way of Southern Kentucky for support of the United Way’s 2-1-1 Contact Center.

The 2-1-1 Contact Center helps direct callers to services or resources.

The award was presented during the recent annual United Way of Southern Kentucky’s awards ceremony.

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