City grants payroll tax break to 310-job business
The Versailles City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution allowing More Than A Bakery to keep one-third of the 1.5 percent payroll tax for the 310 employees it expects to hire by the end of 2017. The tax break will last for a decade and was part of a series of state and local tax incentives that helped lure the company to Versailles. The vote was 4 to 0; council members Gary Jones and Ken Kerkhoff were absent. More Than A Bakery last week announced plans to build a $57.1 million plant off Big Sink Road. The move is contingent upon approval by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission, and city and county officials have expressed no concerns about the prospect. EM budget proposal Woodford County Emergency Management (EM) Director Drew Chandler had good news for the council: His budget proposal for fiscal 2017, which begins July 1, is $89,553.40 - more than $37,000 less than the the fiscal '16 budget. The City of Versailles would pay $30,776.81 and later receive a projected state emergency performance grant rebate of $10,993.87, making the city's portion for next year $19,772.95. Chandler said he expects the EM program will also come in significantly under budget this year. Chandler also told the council of plans to add a new tornado siren on The Brook Golf Course, which sits on land owned by the Kentucky Methodist Children's Home. Chandler told The Sun that he already had the siren, and installation would cost less than $5,000. He told the council that the siren would serve an additional 200 homes "in an area ripe for development." The siren could be installed by the end of March, he said. Sewer rehab bid The council voted unanimously to approve a low bid of $1,973,107 to Insituform Technologies, LLC, of Chesterfield, Mo., for the third phase of its $20 million rehabilitation project. Insituform was also the contractor for the first two phases. Fire truck Versailles Fire Chief Brian Wainscott received the council's unanimous approval on three items: . Permission to advertise a request for bids for a new ladder/tower truck, which he said would cost about $1 million. Wainscott told The Sun that the truck won't be purchased until next fiscal year. . Purchase appliances for the fire stations one and two from low bidder Appliance Pro for $2,876. .Apply for a FEMA grant to hire three full-time employees. Sewer line repair The council unanimously approved a low bid of $8,220 from Buchanan Contracting of Stanton to make an emergency sewer line repair on Broadway Street. If the work is finished before 12 hours, a rebate is possible. Fireworks The council unanimously approved a $36,000 contract with a Springfield fireworks company for the next three 4th of July festivals. Council member Carl Ellis, who later abstained from the vote, asked if that meant the city could have to pay the entire cost of the fireworks. Mike Coleman, head of the citizen's committee that put together the 2015 4th of July festival, said yes, but expressed confidence that his committee would offset the cost by raising $5,000 each year, as it did in 2015. Cedar Ridge land sale The council met in executive session for about 35 minutes to discuss the sale of real estate and potential litigation. Afterwards, Ellis introduced a motion to sell 2.4 acres on Elmwood Drive to NARO Properties for $10,000. The deal is contingent upon the land being used as a retention area, with no residential development allowed.