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Boone Co. Approves New Roundabout Plan, Incentives for Manufacturers

The Boone County fiscal court adopted a resolution reevaluating the contract with AECOM for work at the intersection of Camp Ernst and Longbranch roads.

The focus of the original work was to improve the intersection of the two roads, where two electrical substations are located.

AECOM, it was stated at the fiscal court meeting, found that it could not move the utility poles located near the roads.

To address this, the company offered two proposals related to roundabouts, one that would be 100-ft. in diameter, and another 120-ft.

Longbranch is home to a new housing development and Cooper High School, so it is expected to be highly trafficked.   

Commissioners discussed the contract modification of $56,588, and decided to approve the change in plans.  

Boone County already has several roundabouts, so commissioners agreed that another roundabout should work for the intersection as long as it is large enough for school buses and fire trucks to negotiate.

The fiscal court also approved a contract for a workforce compensation study, and will pay $29,600 to Management Advisory Group International, which was one of five proposals submitted to the county for consideration.

The company did not offer the lowest bid, but was the top choice of all on the selection committee and still came under the budgeted $40,000. 

The fiscal court also listened to the first readings related to incentives for Best Sanitizer, Inc. and HDT Expeditionary Systems (doing business as Hunter Defense Technologies).

Judge/Executive Gary Moore said that economic development in the county is strong right now, and when that happens, it is good to offer incentives to manufacturing companies.   T

hey are not offering incentives to distribution or commerce companies because it is not necessary, he said.

Best Sanitizers has two separate facilities in Walton, and is about to embark on a $7 million expansion, adding 20 new jobs at at average wage of $43,500 per year.

Hunter Defense Technologies is looking at a $14.5 million expansion, adding 113 new jobs at an average salary of $44,000 a year.

Commissioners passed the second reading of an ordinance allowing golf carts on the streets of the Cool Springs subdivision at U.S. 42 and Frogtown Road.  All eleven streets are included, and signs will be added to show the boundaries for the golf carts.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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