• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council passes baking company tax break

The Versailles City Council Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance exempting More Than A Bakery from property taxes for five years beginning Jan. 1, 2017. (Council member Ann Miller was absent.) Richmond Baking Company, the owner of More Than A Bakery, plans to build a 400,000 square-foot plant on Big Sink Road that will make snack crackers and related items and employ 310 workers by late next year. At its April 5 meeting, the council agreed to pay an estimated $26,699.72 for sewer and water hook-ups to the property. Last month, the council and Woodford Fiscal Court approved decade-long 33.3 percent payroll tax breaks for the company. The company plans to spend $57.1 million there, including $3.1 million for the 114.1 acres of land, $32 million for building construction and $20 million for plant equipment. More Than A Bakery officials say average pay, including health insurance and other benefits, will be $22 per hour. New trash deal: no rate hike The council also unanimously approved a two-year extension to its current garbage and recycling contract with Central Kentucky Hauling at the same price: $9.65 per month, with an additional $2.25 monthly charge for people using optional containers. Customers needing more than one pick-up a week pay an additional $9.65 per pick-up. The deal includes hauling away one heavy item a month per customer. Central Kentucky Hauling bought Legacy Hauling, the original signer of the four-year deal with the city, last July. The extension runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2018. Council member Ken Kerkhoff reminded the council that a $3 franchise fee customers have been paying expires this fall. 'Fairness Ordinance' committee Council member Carl Ellis, chairman of the Administrative and Legal committee, announced that a meeting dealing with a proposed "Fairness Ordinance" will be held May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Ellis said the committee will consider a possible amendment to the interlocal agreement governing the Woodford County Human Rights Commission (HRC). Late last year, the Midway City Council adopted a fairness ordinance on its own. Thus far, Woodford Fiscal Court has shown little interest in the matter, or in amending the interlocal agreement on the HRC. Negotiations over Mayor Brian Traugott announced he's given up on negotiations to purchase the old Woodford County Middle School property at Lexington and Maple streets, which he'd hoped to use as a new headquarters for the Versailles Police Department. "They (the owners) have increased their price that they would accept and in my mind, the building deteriorates every year, so we should have been moving south, if we were moving in any direction. As far as I'm concerned, those talks will cease to exist," Traugott said. City Attorney Bill Moore noted that the building is on the city's blighted property list. Huntertown Glen annexation The council unanimously passed an ordinance declaring the city's intent to annex 4.991 acres at the intersection of Huntertown Road and Tuscan Way, which is in Huntertown Glen Estates subdivision. At the council's April 5 meeting, City Attorney Bill Moore said the rest of the subdivision was annexed in 2004, and only recently was it discovered that the nearly five acres had not been included. Much of the land runs through portions of individual lots, according to Traugott. Cemetery, tree removal bids The council voted unanimously to approve low bids of $4,850 to Woodford Seal Coat to seal the Versailles Cemetery parking lot and $3,500 to Lexington Tree Service to remove a large oak tree on Stout Avenue. Appointment The council unanimously approved Traugott's nomination of Maria Bohanan, co-owner of Pretty in Pink and an active member of the Versailles Merchants Association, to the Woodford County Tourism Commission. Bohanan's term runs through June 30, 2017. She replaces Josh Westfall. Kuhlman Boulevard name change Traugott proposed changing the name of Kuhlman Boulevard in an attempt to steer trucks using GPS or other mapping services that mistakenly wind up on Kuhlman Drive or Kuhlman Court, which are in Stonegate subdivision. Kuhlman Electric Corporation's Versailles plant closed in 2009. The company began operations in Versailles in 1969, and for four decades, was one of Versailles's largest employers. Traugott sent the matter to the Streets and Stormwater committee, which is chaired by council member Mary Bradley.

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