Council holds off on fireworks, flowers
The Versailles City Council spent much of a 25-minute meeting Tuesday discussing the purchase of baskets of flowers for Main Street and fireworks for its 4th of July celebration, but didn't act on either. 4th of July organizer Mike Coleman presented a proposed three-year, $36,000 contract by Pyrotechnic Display, Inc. of Springfield - the same company that provided the fireworks last year. Coleman pointed out that the three-year deal locks in the price, half of which will be paid for with private donations and the other half by the city. The city previously had three-year contracts with the Pennsylvania-based Zambelli Fireworks, Coleman said. Council member Ken Kerkhoff said he'd found several problems with the contract, ranging from the duration of the show not being defined to a section noting the company enters into the deal "contingent upon its ability to secure delivery of product ." Kerkhoff asked, "When will they know? Because if they, for some reason, can't acquire (the fireworks), when will they know they can't acquire so we can go some other way?" Kerkhoff also inquired about language regarding weather-related cancellation of the show: ". should inclement weather prevent the giving of this display on the date mentioned herein (July 4 of 2016, 2017, and 2018), the parties shall agree to a mutually convenient alternate date . Customer shall remit to the first party an additional 18 percent of the total contract price for additional expenses in presenting the display on an alternate date." The contract also gave the company sole discretion on whether to cancel the show because of inclement or unsafe weather. If the city doesn't reschedule or can't agree with the company on a mutually convenient date, the contract would award Pyrotechnic Display 40 percent worth of one year of the deal. Coleman said he believed those provisions were in last year's contract, adding, "They're not going to charge us any fee if we have to do it a different night." Kerkhoff responded, "That's not what the contract said." Coleman agreed to have the company draw up a new contract addressing these and other concerns and said he'd have it ready by the March 1 council meeting. Flower baskets The council considered bids from two Central Kentucky companies for 29 hanging flower baskets to run nearly the length of Main Street. Council member Ann Miller said she preferred Bi-Water Farm of Georgetown, though at $1,045, it was $43 higher than a bid by Wilson Nurseries of Frankfort. "I'd like to see something a little better than Wilson's," Miller said. "There were several baskets that did not come to fruition last year. They just never developed out ." Kerkhoff said he believed that was due to the city's watering of them. Miller asked for a motion for the city to purchase the flowers from Bi-Water Farm, which died for a lack of a second. Kerkhoff noted that MacDougal's Garden Center in Versailles was asked to bid, but a greenhouse collapsed by snow prevented the company from doing so. He said Woodford County High School was also invited to take part, but couldn't provide the volume the city required. Afterwards, Kerkhoff, Miller and Mayor Brian Traugott agreed to rebid the project for 36 baskets, which would run the length of Main Street. The matter could spring up again at the council's next meeting. Fire equipment Versailles Fire Chief Brian Wainscott got the council's unanimous approval to purchase six sections of five-inch-diameter fire hose from Bluegrass Fire of Lexington for a low bid of $3,330. He also received a 4 to 0 vote (council members Carl Ellis and Gary Jones were absent) for a sole bid of $7,499 thermal imaging unit from America's Bravest Equipment Co. of Louisville. Wainscott said much of the cost would be offset by a $3,200 reimbursement grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission.