• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Court approves sidewalk contract

In a short meeting on Election Day, Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously to approve a $78,473 contract with a Louisville engineering firm for work on the Huntertown Road sidewalk project - with conditions. County Attorney Alan George asked the chief proponent of the sidewalk, Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7), when the "lump sum" requested in the company's short form agreement would be due. Gill said she wasn't sure, and her motion to accept the deal was fashioned so that the payments will be made as services are rendered. The company, HDR Engineering of Lexington, must still approve the revised contract. Gill said the state will reimburse the county for the engineering expenses. The overall sidewalk grant is an 80/20 state match in which the county will pay a little more than 50 percent of the cost and the city of Versailles the rest. Dates for work to begin and finish on the 1.4-mile sidewalk have not been set. Sheriff's budget Woodford Sheriff Wayne Wright introduced his calendar year 2017 budget to the court to be considered for later action. Wright said spending is projected to be $1,280,208.96, a $92,876.70 increase over this year. Wright attributed much of the increase to more security personnel at the courthouse and a 25 percent higher cost for benefits. Wright said the state Administrative Office of the Courts will reimburse the county $135,500 for security expenses incurred during trials in Woodford Circuit Court at a rate of $9 per hour. Wright also said the U.S. Department of Justice now requires that court security officers wear body armor. Appointments Judge-Executive John Coyle announced his reappointments of Daniel Brown and Donald Morton to the Human Rights Commission for three-year terms. Truck switch County Road Engineer Buan Smith received the court's unanimous go-ahead to declare a 1999 two-wheel drive truck as surplus and said the county Recycling Department wants the truck. Election Day words Coyle closed out the evening by quoting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they can do this is by not voting." The court adjourned six minutes after polls closed.

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