• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council passes intent to annex 67 acres

In a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, lasting less than two-and-a-half minutes, the Versailles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance declaring the city’s intent to annex nearly 67 acres of property on Big Sink Road. The vote was 4 to 0, with council members Ann Miller and Carl Ellis absent. The first reading of the ordinance was held at the council’sTuesday evening meeting. The land is owned by Camco Properties, LLC, is located at 494 Big Sink Road, and is not in the current urban services boundary. The city previously annexed 21.46 adjoining acres also owned by Camco at 720 Big Sink Road. Neither Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott nor any council members spoke about the ordinance before or after Thursday’s vote, and the meeting was adjourned moments afterwards. After the brief meeting, Traugott said, “The Economic Development Authority (Woodford County EDA) has asked us on behalf of a client that they’re working with to declare our intent to annex to make that property suitable for an intended use.” Traugott noted that state economic development incentives prevent him (or the EDA) from presently disclosing the name of the client. The “intent to annex” sends the matter to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission, which will hold a public hearing on the matter. The planning commission can revise the Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations to the city on the property’s zoning and other land use regulations. In response to a question, Versailles City Attorney Bill Moore said the city must consider evidence from the public hearing, but does not have to abide by the planning commission’s recommendations.

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