• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Who'll pay for accident at county park?

An accident at the Woodford County Park May 2 could have the Woodford County Fair Board and Fiscal Court at odds over who should pay for repairs. County Maintenance Director David Long told the court that a contractor digging posts for the new pavilion there dug up a primary electrical line and "pulled it plumb out of the ground." Long said no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged. "Probably one transformer's going to have to be replaced and somewhere around 400 to 500 feet of primary's going to have to be replaced," Long said. Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) asked if the contractor had insurance. Long said a clause in the contract states that the contractor is not responsible for such problems. He said the contractor did call the 8-1-1 number designed to let people know where electrical lines are, only to learn that the Kentucky 811 program does not offer information on "private utilities." Long said 811 Kentucky is funded by utilities they serve and doesn't survey private property or notify contractors or property owners that they don't do such work. The contractor did receive a call from a Columbia Gas employee, who informed him that they had nothing on the property. Long said the contractor then assumed that it was okay to dig. "Everything on the county park belongs to you because the metering source stops at the ag (Woodford County Agricultural Extension Office) building. Everything from that point on belongs to you - every transformer, every wire, every piece of pipe, everything," Long said. Long said he'd informed the Woodford County Fair Board about the accident, and that he had no estimate yet on the cost of fixing the problem. County Attorney Alan George noted that the court did not request the work - the fair board did, and that the contract was with the fair board. Long said the only area without power is the back side of the fairgrounds between where the old black barn used to stand to the truck pull site. New 4-way stop sign Reed said residents of the Colony subdivision asked him for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Colony Drive and Barton Village Road because some drivers weren't stopping. "Currently one leg of the four-way intersection is required to stop and the other three areas are where they are requesting we put a stop sign," Reed said. Judge-Executive John Coyle and George suggested informing area residents of the proposed change first, as they have in the past. Eventually the court voted 7 to 0 to make the intersection a four-way stop, with the cost of the new signs estimated at between $350 and $400. Appointments The court voted 7 to 0 to approve the reappointments of Linda Finnell and Susan Buffin to the Cemetery Preservation Board and Ken Brothers to the Northeast Woodford Water District Board for four-year terms. Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) was absent. Other matters In other fiscal court news: . Emergency Services Director Hunter Shewmaker got the court's unanimous approval to accept a low bid of $31,239 from QuadMed for three mechanical CPR devices. . Long received the court's unanimous blessing to pay MacDougal's Garden Center $694.45 to replace dead or dying bushes around the courthouse and courthouse annex. Long said inmates of the Woodford County Detention Center will do the mulching around the bushes. . Jack Jouett House Executive Director Jill Roseberry told the court the historic site had recently received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Award. .Woodford Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Vizi asked the court for $5,000 - the same amount requested and received last year. The court will hold a budget work session next Tuesday at 5 p.m. Fiscal year 2017 begins July 1.

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