Discs already in the air at park course
The disc golf course at the Woodford County Park is now open - but the grand opening won't come until next spring, after players have a chance to chime in on the course. Woodford Parks and Recreation Director Rich Pictor told Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday that all the targets (the disc golf version of holes) are in place and seven tee boxes would be poured the next day. About 40 enthusiasts played at least some of the 18 "holes" this weekend, Pictor said. "And I've already had several emails from them and the common thread of it is, they've nicknamed it 'the beast,' because it's very long, very challenging. But these are people who are used to playing - they're playing from the pro tee boxes ." Pictor said. Pictor said signature holes include the second, featuring an old stone house discovered when the course was cleared, and the 13th, with an old spring house below. Pictor said he believes by this time next year, the course will host a medium-sized tournament and, in a few years, a Kentucky Open, which could attract 500 to 600 visitors. The course is free, except during tournaments. Pictor said it's two-and-a-half miles long - if you throw the disc straight. Goals and objectives After two meetings between appointed members of fiscal court and the two city councils, the court was ready to vote on accepting three amendments to the Goals and Objectives portion of the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission's Comprehensive Plan. The members of the intergovernmental committee had two goals: to produce a unified document all three bodies could agree on, if possible, and to make it as unlikely as possible to be used in a lawsuit. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said members had agreed on three revisions to the plan: . Removing language in the transportation portion about the proposed Northwest Versailles Mobility Corridor (also known as the Versailles Bypass). Members of the committee agreed that specific projects were traditionally not listed in the Goals and Objectives. . Under General Land Development, members removed the words "justified expansion" in reference to the Urban Service Boundary. The new language reads, "Manage the location of the urban services boundary to meet the needs of and consider the impact on the community as a whole." Gill said the Midway members of the committee might introduce their own language in that segment. . Under the General Process Goal section, at the request of County Attorney Alan George, the word "lawful" was added. The first sentence now reads ". the (Planning) Commission will recognize that property owners have the right to enjoy the lawful use of their property ." Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) objected to the deletion of the Versailles Bypass and 23 minutes of debate ensued. Gill pointed out the project was tops in the Comprehensive Plan's list of projects and that the members of the committee all agreed on that amendment. A motion to adopt the resolution passed 6 to 1, with Reed voting no. Magistrate Gerald Dotson, Dist. 5, was absent. Christmas Parade Christmas Parade organizer Mike Coleman asked for and received the court's unanimous permission to keep the courthouse open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the side of the courthouse, and afterwards, children will be invited to the community room for milk and cookies, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a reading of "The Night before Christmas." The court also unanimously voted to keep the courthouse open the following day, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. that day. Physician contract The court unanimously approved a motion to sign a one-year contract with the University of Kentucky's Department of Emergency Medicine to provide a "medical control physician" to manage and implement the county's advanced life support services. The contract calls for Dr. Anthony Bottiggi to assume the position, but didn't set a pay rate for him. New equipment . Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler asked the court which of two copier options to pursue: a 48-month, lease-to-own deal for $3,820.32, or a $2,818.45 outright purchase at state rates. Reed made a motion to buy the copier at the state price and it passed 6 to 1. Magistrate Linda Popp (Dist. 1) voted no. . Maintenance Director Rick Wade asked for and received the court's unanimous approval to declare as surplus five badly worn tables and purchase five new ones from Sam's Club for $400. Executive session The court met in executive session for 37 minutes to discuss a possible land acquisition. Afterwards, magistrates voted unanimously to appoint Chandler to pursue the matter.