Court discusses P & Z goals and objectives
Woodford Fiscal Court spent a good chunk of a 41-minute meeting Tuesday deciding how to proceed with input on the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission's 2016 Comprehensive Plan. The county and cities of Versailles and Midway historically sign off on a single document for the Goals and Objectives portion of the plan, according to Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7). She asked the court how to ensure that the plan's Goals and Objectives will not be a burden to the county or put it at risk for lawsuits. She and Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) said they'd had constituent calls on the matter. County Attorney Alan George said the court had 90 days after receipt (Sept. 12) to make changes, and that it was possible that the county's needs differed from those of the cities. After several minutes of debate, Judge-Executive John Coyle appointed Gill chair of a committee to monitor developments from the city councils and, if members wish, meet with city committees and council members. Magistrates Gerald Dotson (Dist. 5) and Linda Popp (Dist. 1) will be on the county's committee. George said the court needed to have a vote on the plan by its Nov. 22 meeting and that all magistrates could contribute to it. Road Department County Road Engineer Buan Smith got unanimous approval from the court to pay an unnamed company $2,400 to haul a forklift with a telescoping boom from Virginia Beach. Smith said the forklift and a large water pump were obtained through work by the Sheriff's Department and the U.S. military. Smith's request to pay $17,000 to a Lexington "utility dealer" for a 2011 four-wheel drive truck with 128,000 miles was also unanimously approved. Smith said that with the new truck, both he and the county road foreman would have four-wheel drive vehicles. The new truck will be paid for by $15,000 in savings from a recent grant for a dump truck purchase and $2,000 from his maintenance equipment budget, Smith said. Job consolidations Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6), chairman of the Personnel Committee, received unanimous approval to combine two Solid Waste/Recycling Center jobs into one. The new title of Joe Girouard, presently administrative assistant, will be operations supervisor, and will include a slight raise, Girouard said after the meeting. Gardiner said in the last few years, 21 jobs in that department have been cut to 10. Gardiner also got the unanimous go-ahead to add new duties to Treasurer Sabra Garmon's job. Her new title will be treasurer and occupational taxes enforcement officer. Emergency Management Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler received the court's unanimous approval to link the county's AlertSense emergency notification system to that of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). Chandler said FEMA's program, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), will allow the county to fully leverage AlertSense at no additional cost. Chandler's request to use a $3,000 state Emergency Management office scholarship to pay his expenses to next month's annual FEMA meeting in Savannah, Ga., was also unanimously approved. Jack Jouett House Jack Jouett House Executive Director Jill Roseberry told the court the historic site had been awarded a Kentucky History Award for its Frontier Days program (which takes place this Thursday and Friday). Frontier Days allows every fourth-grader in the county to spend half-a-day at the Jack Jouett House. Roseberry also said the Jack Jouett House will be featured on Kentucky Educational Television's Kentucky Collectibles program sometime in October. Coach recognized Coyle began the meeting by asking for a moment of silence in memory of former Woodford County High School football coach John Snowden, who died Sept. 22. Snowden's 1962 squad won the state championship, and Coyle read from a letter sent by the team's quarterback, Carl "Torchy" King. "Coach taught us work ethic, integrity, commitment, teamwork and character all the way down to our souls ." King wrote.