City council passes Edgewood Farm annexation, zoning
Before an overflow crowd, the Versailles City Council Tuesday night voted 5 to 0 to annex and rezone 336.83 acres of the Edgewood Farm property at 1450 Lexington Road. Council member Gary Jones was absent. The zone changes will alter the property from A-1 (agricultural) to I-1 (light industrial), B-4 (highway business), P-1 (professional office), R-4 (high-density residential) and R1B (single family residential). Opponents cite the loss of farm land, runoff from development and increased traffic on Lexington Road. Several of them were in the council chambers, but none chose to speak against it during the public comments portion of the meeting. The move was previously recommended by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission. "This is positively a historic chapter for the city of Versailles, Woodford County and Central Kentucky. The economic engine here will generate jobs, housing and economic stability for all us for the foreseeable future," said council member Ann Miller. She asked Mayor Brian Traugott to approach the Edgewood developers and the owners of More Than A Bakery to see if they could work out a main entrance to the bakery through the Edgewood property. Traugott relayed the request to Woodford Economic Development Authority Chairman John Soper, who was in attendance (and later received the council's unanimous endorsement for another four-year term as EDA chairman). "We've looked at that, and actually, where the road comes in, Crossfield Drive, we've shown that to the bakery as a way that you could come up and connect the two, and we've really not gotten any further than that ." Soper said. "Once this property is zoned and moves forward, I would think the EDA side of it, if we're going to be working on the 118 acres of industrial land (on Edgewood), we'll begin to lay out what that industrial park would look like with the help of the developers ." Later, the council unanimously voted to accept the record and recommended zone changes of the Planning Commission on 188 acres of the Backer property at 2001 Lexington Road, which the council had already annexed. Developers hope to build 490 single and "low density" multiple family homes there. The council also voted unanimously not to hold a hearing on the matter and to hold a first reading on an ordinance incorporating the zone changes. The second reading and vote will likely take place at the council's Aug. 16 meeting. State road fund The meeting began with Traugott calling for the required public hearing on the state Municipal Aid Road Fund contribution, which he said was expected to be $163,000 for fiscal year 2017, which began July 1. The city has a carryover from last year of about $178,000, Traugott said. Roads included in the city's paving plan include portions or all of Amsden Avenue, Loy Street, Georgia Street, Henton Court, Ridge Road, Macey Boulevard, Angell Haven and Meadow Lane for a total of $91,171.72. Non-state road funded projects include a portion of Rose Hill Avenue for $18,975. The council unanimously voted to accept the plan and accept bids for the work. Council member Mary Bradley asked Assistant Public Works Director Paul Simmons if the city was finished with work on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "We can, and it can be a professional patch in that area . provided by the paving company," Simmons said. Bradley said it was already patched, and needed to be smoothed out. Simmons said the work would be done. Sewer rehab work The council voted unanimously to accept a $130,000 change order involving areas of the Stonegate Subdivision as part of Phase 3 of the city's $20 million sewer rehabilitation project. Public Works Director Bart Miller told the council the project was $500,000 under budget and that the work involving the change order was an anticipated expense and shown to be necessary by underground camera work. Surplus vehicles The council voted unanimously to accept high bids of $351 each from Kevin Wilson for a 2007 Ford Explorer and 2009 Ford Crown Victoria. Executive session The council met in executive session for 29 minutes to discuss possible land acquisition and litigation, but took no action afterwards.