Council approves gas line payback plan
MIDWAY – The city council Monday unanimously approved a resolution designed to ensure the city is repaid the $450,000 it will pay to help bring natural gas to Midway Station. Columbia Gas is charging $2.8 million to bring a natural gas line to the industrial park – a necessary condition to attract Lakeshore Learning Materials. Under the five-year deal, the city will pay $64,000 the first year and increasing amounts over the next five years. The Woodford Economic Development Authority (EDA) had pledged to repay the city through sales of property at Midway Station, but Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said he wanted to add a “backstop” in case sales didn’t amount to $450,000. With EDA Chairman John Soper in attendance, Vandegrift explained that the original deal was that the EDA would use money from sales of the remaining 22 acres of the Roach property to repay the city. He said he was worried that the proceeds, after fees and other expenses, might not amount to $450,000. The new deal would have the EDA, if necessary, repaying the city with net proceeds from the sale of 67 acres of another portion of the Roach land, off Leestown Road, as well as funds from sales within the city limits of Midway. Vandegrift said the city will also have the right to nix any sales of the Roach land if the price is less than $40,000 an acre. Heirloom vestibule Vandegrift told the council the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission had received a few complaints about a vestibule added to the entrance of the Heirloom restaurant. He noted that another Main Street restaurant, the Grey Goose, had a similar addition. Council member Libby Warfield wondered if the Heirloom vestibule might pose a problem with fire codes. Vandegrift suggested the city keep an eye on the situation and said he’d been told that a state inspector will soon examine the Heirloom vestibule and perhaps the Grey Goose’s. CERT training Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler told the council that CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) training will be offered at The Homeplace at Midway Feb. 25 and March 11from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He also received the go-ahead to seek a $1,350 grant from the state Emergency Management agency for a new computer for the Midway Fire Station. Freeny property The council unanimously approved a zoning map amendment and first amended final development plan for 34.184 acres of the Homer Freeny Jr. property. Lakeshore Learning Materials, which will employ 262 full-time workers, plans to use the space for expansion and the possible recruitment of a business that will supply the company. The council also heard first reading of an ordinance to annex that land and rezone it from Agriculture (A-1) to Light Industrial (I-1). Council plans The council held a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 2, to discuss short and long-term goals. No action was taken at the meeting. Among its six-month goals: • Reviewing and revising Midway Cemetery rules. • Finish work on five sidewalk areas. • Possibly adding two benches to the cemetery. • Consolidate and simplify blighted property-related ordinances. • Work with the Midway Merchants Association and Midway Renaissance to bring monthly events to the city. • Seek a new ambulance station to accommodate the 400 new workers expected in the next year-and-a-half at Midway Station. Two-year goals: • Continue road paving. • Build a pavilion at the cemetery. • Examine downtown parking. • Reduce the speed limit on Winter Street to 25 mph. Five-year goals: • Build a stage and bathrooms downtown or at Walter Bradley Jr. Park. • Add a downtown visitors’ center. • Pay off the city’s old, decommissioned wastewater plant and the one currently in use.