• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Waterford Farm to get Midway water

MIDWAY – It would be a stretch to say that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will soon be drinking Midway city water. However, if the super horse moved from one Ashford Stud location to another – Waterford Farm, located near Midway University – he might be sipping the same H2O as Midway residents. Waterford Farm owner Bob West told The Sun Tuesday that the sale of that farm to Coolmore America, the owner of Ashford Stud, will closeFeb. 16. (West said his adjacent farm, Millford Farm, will continue its commercial breeding and boarding operations.) Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift asked the city council Monday night for a motion to bring city water to the Waterford Farm property. “… They have agreed to work out a water line issue,” Vandegrift said of Coolmore America and Waterford Farm. “What they essentially want to do is tap into our meter …” Vandegrift said there were already two meters there, and Waterford Farm would pay for a third meter meeting city specifications and be responsible for the line from the meter to the farm. A backflow preventer would also be installed. Council member Libby Warfield asked if other horse farms were using city water, to which Midway Public Works employee Mark Roberts said yes. Millford Farm and at least one other using city water are not in the city limits, council member Dan Roller noted. “We also requested a casing pipe to be put under that roadway, because that is a private road, so we would have to get permission if we ever had to go up there and dig …” Roberts said. Waterford Farm representative Jim Rouse said the two-inch water line from Sexton Drive to West’s property line would be replaced by a six-inch line. From the six-inch line, one-inch lines would go to Millford Farm and another property, and a four-inch line would go to the new Ashford Stud property. Rouse said the work will be done under the guidance of city employees. A motion to permit the new water line and meter passed 5 to 0 (council member Steven Craig was absent), with Warfield joking, “Do they know our water is very expensive?” New Corman building? Vandegrift announced that the R.J. Corman Railroad Group recently learned that a state Transportation Cabinet grant the company applied for last year was successful. The $193,000 grant would pay for most of the $241,000 cost of a new building next to United Bank in Midway that would house the “Old Smokey” steam engine (built in 1986). An illustration in council members’ packets showed a 125-feet long building with two steeples resembling a larger building in downtown Lexington. “After some discussion with Fred Mudge, who’s the chairman of R.J. Corman, we both agree that the original idea to put it along the railroad tracks in the right of way is probably not the best course of action, because we’d have to go through CSX (the owner of the railroad). So the idea sprang up of, where the caboose currently is now, the east end of the bank property … is try to construct it right there, move the caboose inside this structure …” Vandegrift said. The city of Midway would not pay for any of the work, he said, noting that the deal had to be approved by United Bank. In response to a question by Warfield, Vandegrift said visitors would be able to go inside the building and view the equipment. “I think it’s great of R.J. Corman to want to bring the steam engine to Midway and keep it here permanently …” Vandegrift said. Council member Sara Hicks asked if R.J. Corman only wanted the building in downtown Midway. Vandegrift said he believed so, noting the grant was filed through the cabinet’s Historic District program. In other council news: • Brett Construction Co., Inc. received a unanimous vote for an encroachment permit at 389 McKinney Avenue for a sanitary sewer extension. • The council voted unanimously to surplus a city fire truck and van.

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