Court approves payroll tax cuts
In a short meeting Tuesday, Woodford Fiscal Court unanimously approved .5 percent payroll tax reductions lasting for up to a decade for three companies planning to hire new workers. The cuts constitute a third of the 1.5 percent county payroll tax. Lakeshore Learning Materials is expected to hire 262 people; Yokohama Industries, 134; and Quad/Graphics, 20. Grant for new doors? County Treasurer Sabra Garmon told the court that she was confident about receiving a $10,000 grant from the Bluegrass Area Development District (Bluegrass ADD) to help pay the $14,400 cost of new doors for the courthouse. She said a Bluegrass ADD employee told her the county should receive the money within a couple of weeks. "There's also the possibility of another $8,000 that could become available, so we could apply that to the remaining security (costs) ." Garmon said. The court gave her the unanimous go-ahead to proceed with that grant application. On July 14, after the fatal courthouse shooting in Michigan and an incident in the Woodford Courthouse Annex in which an inmate overturned a table, the court voted to spend $30,000 to buy a metal detector and beef up security. Later in Tuesday's meeting, Sheriff Wayne Wright said new doors have been installed and magnetic card readers were being installed on the basement doors earlier in the day. On Saturday, a reader will be installed at the employee door on the south side of the building, Wright said. Garmon also received unanimous approval for her decision to pay Customware, Inc., of Frankfort, $13,381.84 for a new computer server. She said Customware offered twice the memory and better customer service than the low bidder. Huntertown Road sidewalk The court unanimously approved an amended agreement with the state Transportation Cabinet reflecting the increased cost of the design phase for a sidewalk along Huntertown Road. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) explained that the design cost of the 1.4-mile sidewalk was higher than the original estimate of $20,000. "So what the Transportation Cabinet has done is, it's moved $43,200 to that, so now we've got $63,200 to work on the design and our match for that is $15,800 in local funds ." Gill said. Last December, Gill announced that a grant from the federal government would pay for 80 percent of the estimated $466,555 cost of a 1.4-mile sidewalk from the corner of Bell Court and Simmons Street to Huntertown Road at Hillary Terrace. The county and city will split the rest of the cost in a pro-rated fashion. Appointments The court unanimously approved three reappointments for four-year terms by Judge-Executive John Coyle: . David Humes to the Woodford Rural Land Board. . John Wilhoit to the Agricultural Advisory Board. . Lori Garkovich to the Woodford Rural Land Board. Costs for private students The court unanimously approved the renewal of a contract with the Woodford County Board of Education regarding the transportation of private school students. At the end of the school year, the court will reimburse the school district for the cost of busing private school students. State funds will pay at least some of the cost. Work session After the meeting, the court held a work session to discuss the possible re-financing of bonds. Any decisions on actions made in a work session would have to be voted on in a subsequent court meeting.