• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council adopts Goals and Objectives changes

In a 33-minute meeting, the Versailles City Council Tuesday voted 4 to 0 to approve three amendments to the Goals and Objectives portion of the Versailles-Midway-Woodford Planning and Zoning Commission's Comprehensive Plan. Council members Carl Ellis and and Gary Jones were absent. The Goal and Objectives is the sole portion of the Comprehensive Plan (which is under review now) that the two city councils and Woodford Fiscal Court can revise. The vote was preceded by two meetings between appointed members of fiscal court and the two city councils. Members had two goals: to produce a unified document all three bodies could agree on, if possible, and to make the Goals and Objectives less likely to be used in a lawsuit. Woodford Fiscal Court approved the changes last week. The amendments: . Language in the Transportation portion about the proposed Northwest Versailles Mobility Corridor (also known as the Versailles Bypass) was removed. Members of the committee agreed that specific projects did not belong in and were traditionally not included in Goals and Objectives. . Under General Land Development, the words "justified expansion" in reference to the Urban Service Boundary were removed. 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." Midway members of the committee didn't agree on that change and may introduce their own language. . Under the General Process Goal section, 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 ." In another Planning Commission-related matter, the council heard first reading of a text amendment to allow the upper floors of buildings in P-1 zones (professional office) to be used as residences. In a brief public hearing Oct. 13, the Planning Commission approved a resolution to that effect passed by the Versailles City Council on Sept. 20. The resolution stated that not allowing residential usage on upper floors is an unnecessary prohibition. A second reading and vote is expected at the council's Nov. 15 meeting. CERT Woodford Emergency (EM) Management Director Drew Chandler briefed the council on the Community Emergency Response Team training scheduled for two Saturdays (Nov. 5 and Nov. 19) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meetings will be held at Versailles Fire Station 3 at 1415 Huntertown Road. After the meeting, Chandler said the training began after the 2003 ice storm left many Woodford County residents without power or heat for days. Anyone who wants to be better prepared for a disaster is invited, Chandler said. "We'll teach them how to use a fire extinguisher, how to build an emergency supply kit, develop an emergency plan, teach them some basic first aid. And from there, they're welcome to join the team or just take the information back to their family and neighbors," Chandler said. Chandler asked that people interested in attending contact EM Deputy Johnny Mills at jmills@woodfordem.com so he'll know how many supplies to bring and how many lunches to order. There is no cost for the course. Police SUVs Versailles Police Department Lt. Michael Fortney received the council's unanimous go-ahead to purchase two 2017 Ford Explorers from Jack Kain Ford at the state government contract price of $29,146 each. Appointment Matt Myers was unanimously reappointed to a two-year term on the Architectural Review Board, effective Jan. 1. Leaf collection Public Works Director Bart Miller said city leaf collection began two weeks ago and will continue weekdays through the end of the year. Miller asked that residents not put branches, dirt, grass and other debris in the leaf piles.

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