• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Falling Springs lot work up for bids

Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday voted unanimously to ask for bids to repave and stripe the main parking lot at the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, with the question of how it will be paid for to be decided later. Noting the county began its fiscal year 2017 budget on July 1, Parks and Recreation Director Rich Pictor asked the court, "What is the plan with the parking lot?" The county budgeted $90,094 to repave and restripe the main lot - about 55 percent of what the job is projected to cost. The city of Versailles, which pays 45 percent of the parks and recreation department budget, has balked at chipping in, with Mayor Brian Traugott saying the parking lot is county property. The matter was discussed for more than 12 minutes, with Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) asking Pictor whether he'd be asking the city for money, too. Pictor said the city did not put money in its fiscal '17 budget for the project. "We're talking about $163,000 (the estimated total cost) coming out of our funds, and the city people are going to use it more than the county people are, and I just don't think that's right. And I won't support that," Reed said. Pictor told the court there was a safety issue there, and at the very least, potholes needed to be filled in and the lot needed to be restriped. Later, Reed was the sole no vote when the court voted 7 to 1 to seek bids on the project, with County Attorney Alan George pointing out the court is not obliged to accept them. No tax hike The court unanimously voted to hold a first reading on an ordinance that will keep the county's ad valorem tax rate at 7 cents per $100 of assessed value. Judge-Executive John Coyle said it was the eighth or ninth consecutive year that the county has not raised the property tax rate. The court projects revenue of $1,503,256 from the rate. New stop sign, speed limit At the suggestion of roads committee chair Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8), the court voted 7 to 1 to install a new four-way stop sign at the intersection of Marsailles Road and Regency Court. Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) voted no. Later, Brown told the court that a count of people who live along the 1.65 miles of Craigs Creek Road showed 21 in favor of a 25 mph speed limit there and eight against. George said a 25 mph limit is generally confined to subdivision and city streets, and that 35 mph was typically the lowest limit on a county road. After several minutes of debate, the court voted 5 to 3 to lower the limit on the road, on which the Jack Jouett House is located, to 25 mph. Magistrates Gary Finnell (Dist. 3), Gerald Dotson (Dist. 5) and Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) voted no. Lansing Lane Magistrate Linda Popp (Dist. 1) reported to the court on the request by Ashford Stud to end Lansing Lane and build a turnabout at the horse farm's expense. George said the letter from Ashford Stud was not a binding commitment, and suggested getting one before the county closed the road. The court voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the matter, before which signs will be posted in the area notifying the public of the meeting. EMS switch With Weisenberger Bridge closed for the foreseeable future, the court unanimously endorsed a request by Ambulance Director Hunter Shewmaker to take over emergency services in the Zion Hill area from the Georgetown-Scott EMS department. Board paychecks County Clerk Sandra Jones asked the court to pay members of the Board of Assessments, who hadn't received their $100-per-day since 2008. Half of the $2,500 bill will be paid by the county, with the other half paid by the state. Jones took over as county clerk in January of 2015.

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