Council Green-Lights Numerous Surplus-Funded Projects

Oct 11, 2013

The Urban County Council voted to spend $7M of surplus funds on numerous city-wide projects, and will tackle $5M more next week.

The Urban County Council voted last night to spend $7.3 million of a $12.4 million surplus on new fire trucks, police cars and other capital improvements, and will take up how to spend the remaining $5.1 million next week.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Council members also voted to put an additional $2.5 million in the city's rainy day fund, allocated $3.2 million to replace 25 police cruisers and unmarked cars, and $40,000 to purchase new air tanks for the fire department.

The council voted to spend $250,000 on pre-development work at the old county courthouse, which was closed to the public in 2012 due to elevated levels of lead dust.

Other projects green-lighted include pothole repairs, various HVAC and roofing maintenance, traffic signals at the Reynolds Road roundabout, and an aquatic climbing wall at Woodland Park.

Possible projects to be discussed Tuesday include $1.1 million for the Legacy Trail and $250,000 for a study on Man 'o War redesign and possible widening.