• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Midway council prepares to cut property taxes

MIDWAY - Residents should get a tax cut next year on real property rates of half a cent per $100 of assessed value. On Monday night, the city council held a first reading of an ordinance setting a real property rate of 10.2 cents per $100, down from 10.7 cents this year. A first reading was also held for an ordinance setting a rate of 14 cents per $100 for personal property, vehicles and watercraft, which is unchanged from this year. Second readings and votes on each will likely be held at the council's next meeting on Sept. 6, which will occur on a Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Northside Drive project After a question and answer session with a contractor, the council voted unanimously to approve spending $11,407 to repair potholes on Northside Drive. The contract is an addition to an existing $59,500 deal with the company to repave Northside Drive and a $3,750 contract for work on an apron on East Stephens Street. Council member Libby Warfield was absent. Johnny Merritt of Lexington Blacktop called the problem a "subgrade failure in the road itself," saying certain areas were good and others bad. "Basically, what I'll do is I'll come in, mill squares, then if I have any problem with that, I'll soft-cut squares, I'll take that out four inches, and that'll receive a base coat in those areas that are marked in . paint," Merritt said. "Basically, it gives more control for the next course, because then we have two inches of surface going on the roadway after that." Merritt said not doing so would reveal holes and pits in the next course of work. In response to a question by council member Steven Craig, Merritt said the pothole repair work was guaranteed for a year, but should last longer. Craig asked whether school buses in the affected areas would present a problem, to which Merritt said, "Not unless you've got some big kids." Mayor Grayson Vandegrift agreed with Merritt that the problems were long-standing. Lexington Blacktop also provided a quote of $9,750 to repave the basketball court by the softball field on South Gratz Street. Vandegrift said the city budgeted $80,000 for the paving projects and, with a total of $74,657 devoted to the Northside Drive and East Stephens Street work, the basketball court project would exceed that. Merritt said he'd take another look and see what he could do. Human Rights Commission The council received the proposed budget from the Woodford County Human Rights Commission (HRC), which is funded by the Midway and Versailles city councils and Woodford Fiscal Court. It showed a balance of $1,536.52 and projected expenses of $2,400. Vandegrift noted that Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle recently proposed that the HRC be funded the same way as the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission receives four-ninths of its budget from the city of Versailles, four-ninths from Woodford County and one-ninth from the city of Midway. (Appointments for the nine positions on the commission are apportioned in the same fashion.) Vandegrift said he felt that under that formula, Midway's contribution (about $266) would be "a little meager" and suggested a contribution of $300. Council member Bruce Southworth countered with $400, and a motion to that effect was approved 5 to 0. Soccer field request The council unanimously approved a motion to allow the Girls Derby City Soccer team to play games on a city-owned field off Newton Street to the south of Walter Bradley Jr. Park - with proof of liability insurance. Two city-owned soccer goals will be provided. John Holloway, a member of the citizens' advisory committee that's helped clean up the park, said there weren't any soccer fields in Midway and that while the field isn't regulation-sized, it's big enough for a game between young children.

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