The Harlan County Fiscal Court discussed the possibility of purchasing some land in Baxter during a meeting on Monday.
“There is a piece of property next to our road department that you all are familiar with, it used to serve as the Direct gas station,” Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said. “It’s been listed with a realtor in town for a year and a half or two years…I spoke with the realtor the other day.”
Mosley said the county has been interested in the property because it is adjacent to the road department.
“It would give us the entire area there with the road department and animal shelter,” Mosley said. “If we needed additional space we wouldn’t have to go looking for it — it’s right there beside us.”
Mosley asked for the court’s approval to make an offer on the land.
“I’ll tell you what you might run into,” Magistrate David Kennedy said. “Where that was a gas station, does it have a clean bill of health, in writing, from the EPA?”
Mosley said all the tanks had been removed from the property and it passed EPA standards.
“If it doesn’t, it would qualify for a Brownfield Grant…those do a phase one environmental analysis just to see if anything needs cleaned up and if it does, it pays for the process of cleaning it up.”
Mosley added the seller would have to produce documentation showing the site was clean.
The court approved a motion authorizing Mosley to make an offer on the land.
The court also discussed a proposed fee schedule for the Harlan County Surveyor during a meeting on Monday.
“He has proposed a fee schedule for professional land surveying at $100 an hour, surveying at $75 an hour…and these are based on a reduced rate for a fee schedule published by the state,” said Mosley. “Mileage will be reimbursed at the state/county rate, all other expenses will be billed at cost.”
Kennedy asked what would happen if the court did not approve the fee schedule.
“I would think any survey could have a price quoted,” said Mosley. “If we like it, then we’d do it and if we don’t we don’t…If he quoted a price and we felt it was a fair price we’d give him a purchase order. If we didn’t feel like it was a fair price we’d reject it.”
Kennedy suggested continuing to pay surveyor costs on a case by case basis.
“I don’t think we need to take any action on this,” Kennedy said.
The court took no action on the matter.
In other court activity:
• The court approved payment for diesel and gasoline;
• The court approved advertising for autopsy transportation.
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