The state's seasonal restrictions on when residents can do controlled burns have been lifted.
Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season has officially ended, according to a news release from the Division of Forestery.
The restriction on burning times is no longer in place until the start of the spring fire season Feb. 15. The state, however, continues to encourage everyone to be vigilant when burning or building fires in the open.
They say residents are still responsible for results of any of their burning and must always take proper precautions. All Division for Air Quality and Division of Waste Management regulations still apply, as well as any local restrictions.
Since Jan. 1, 2013, KDF has suppressed 948 wildland fires that have burned 22,821 acres across the state. Forestry officials reported the following causes for this year’s wildfires: 679 arson fires, 155 debris fires and 114 fires from a variety of other causes. The spring rains and cooler fall temperatures have likely contributed to lower fire numbers for this year.
There will be no franchise agreement in Todd County for trash collection for the time being after Fiscal Court voted to become an open county Friday morning.
After over a half hour of discussion, the four magistrates in attendance unanimously decided to not re-sign a franchise agreement with Madisonville Disposal that would have increased the monthly rate from 12 to 25 dollars.
Madisonville Disposal owner Brett Chapel fielded questions and acknowledged the lack of a franchise agreement could mean some extremely rural customers in Todd County won't be serviced by his company in the future.
Members of Fiscal Court brought up past complaints about service issues to Chapel and said their constituents weren't willing to double their bill for less than satisfactory service. Chapel said those issues have been addressed and collection has gone smoother in the last couple of months.
While they did vote to become an open county, members of Fiscal Court and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield left open the possibility of working with the cities of Elkton and Guthrie when their franchise agreements run out to hopefully get a better deal for everyone involved.
Chapel said residents of very rural areas may still be able to be serviced by his company, but those customers' rates may have to be higher than the proposed 25 dollars. The county also discussed opening another convenience center in the Sharon Grove area.
Being an open county also means other trash collection companies can solicit customers in Todd County, including ones that have agreements in adjoining counties.
In other action, Fiscal Court unanimously chose JKS Architects for the Todd Career Path Institute Project at a contracted cost of $135,000.
State legislators from the region spoke at this month’s Pennyrile Area Development Board of Directors meeting, which was the last for retiring Executive Director Chris Sutton.
Every individual who spoke thanked Sutton for his leadership of PADD over the years and expressed confidence Jason Vincent will do a good job when he takes over in January. Amy Frogue has been promoted to take Vincent’s current position of Assistant Director.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke was among the speakers and said he’d like to see tax code reform come up in next year’s session and he’d like it to be in the form of doing away with the state income tax.
We can finally put the winter weather from over the weekend behind us as the final ice patches melt off the pavement and there are no more watches, warnings or advisories in the forecast.
Todd County took the worst hit locally from freezing rain Sunday morning and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says he and residents there are very appreciative of the efforts of road crews and Pennyrile Electric linemen who worked hard in the elements to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
A temporary shelter was set up at Petrie Memorial Methodist Church for anyone whose electricity was out needing a place to stay, but Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley said they closed it around midnight after no one showed up.
In Christian County, Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said Christian County was fortunate to only experience brief isolated power outages and he also praised crews from Pennyrile and Hopkinsville Electric System for their efforts.
No one was injured locally by the weather and Judge-Executive Tribble says Christian County dodged a bullet in many ways, despite the few minor problems and slick roadways.
Cold air is in the forecast for the next several days, but there's no mention of any accumulating snow or ice—which is a welcome change for those who had to work in the elements over the weekend.
Road conditions were already hazardous Sunday morning with an ice storm underway, and a Clarksville man was arrested for allegedly making conditions more dangerous by driving impaired and wrecking, injuring his passenger.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 34-year old Bradley Everhart was northbound on Fort Campbell Boulevard around 5:30, when he hit a sheet of ice changing lanes and ran into the median. Everhart crossed into the southbound lanes and then went back into the median.
Police say Everhart failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol content of .101 on the breath test. He was arrested and charged with DUI.
His passenger, 29-year old Ashley Shultz of Lewisburg, was treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center for minor injuries.