US 60 will be closed east of Morehead for several days for drainage repairs and the county has implemented plans for emergencies.

The Rowan County Fiscal Court announced the stationing an ambulance east of the cut as a supervising position to ensure that emergency aid can be administered in a timely fashion when necessary, when US 60 is closed from March 22 until March 29.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will shut down 1.5 miles of US 60 east of Christy Creek to replace drainage underneath the road and no traffic will be permitted through the construction site and all vehicles must detour using I-64 between Morehead and Olive Hill.

Judge-Executive Harry Clark also said that Rowan County is still under two active declarations: flooding and COVID-19.

There have been 2,073 total Covid cases in the last year, 2,003 have recovered and nine deaths. Rowan County has 61 active cases, with two new cases on Monday. The seven day rolling total is now 28, placing Rowan County in the orange.

Ten thousand vaccinations have been administered in the county.

The numbers have made Clark proud of the community.

“We’ve got people behind the scenes that makes all of this possible,” said Clark. “But you know those are bright spots we’ve had over the years. It’s really been pleasure for then to perform at that level. This community, this county, this city – I know we appreciate everybody’s efforts on this.”

The court also discussed allocating excess fees received from the county clerk’s office in the amount of $155,037 to fund an additional allocation of $50,000 to be split evenly to the five fire departments across Rowan County.

Fiscal court also voted to unanimously approve the following:

  • The first reading of an ordinance regarding repeat animal control calls that will create an increasing fine for those who fail to comply with warnings from animal control officer.
  • The second reading of an ordinance that would do away with the arts foundation board and create a new foundation that would consist of the Arts Center Director, Tourism Director and one member at large appointed by the Judge-Executive.
  • The bids to furnish of road and bridge materials for the fiscal year of 2021 to 2022.
  • The second reading of an ordinance amending the budget.
  • A resolution to extend the deadline of Downtown Hotel in Morehead to execute a hotel contract until January 19, 2022 due to COVID-19 delays. Designs for the project will also need to be completed by May 1, 2021. Failure to complete this process will result in termination of the project.
  • The donation of $20,000 to be split evenly between the county and city to fund the Freedom Fest. This has not been discussed by city council.
  • A quote from Clean Sweep Cleaners Inc. to clean the county services building for $15,900 annually.
  • A contract with GT Services Corp for the Rowan County Judicial Service Lawn Care to prepare lawn treatment for the summer in the amount of $820.
  • To enter two separate housing agreements between Rowan County Fiscal Court, Fleming County Fiscal Court and Menifee County Fiscal Court to house their inmates in the Rowan County Detention Center for $35 per day.