• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Versailles not sanctuary city, mayor says

Near the end of a 45-minute meeting Tuesday, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott told council members that Woodford County has been mistakenly labeled as a sanctuary area by the legal arm of a conservative immigration reform group. He said he'd been getting calls for the last week because many outsiders equate the City of Versailles with Woodford County. Traugott said the Center for Immigration Studies published the report, but provided no explanation as to why Woodford County was listed with three other Kentucky counties as sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. Traugott said he knew of no city or county law providing a safe haven for illegal immigrants, and City Attorney Bill Moore said such a law would have to be on the books for either government to be considered sanctuaries. "My fear is that ... one, I don't want to deal with four years of talking about this nonsense every week, because I've gotten multiple calls about it. It's a ridiculous distraction. Two, we've applied for grant funding from an administration that has made it clear they will not give grants to sanctuary cities ..." Traugott said. He said he'd reach out to Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle to discuss the matter. After the meeting, Coyle told The Sun that he'd gotten a similar call a few months ago, and that Woodford County Attorney Alan George told him there was no ordinance making the county a sanctuary. Falling Springs AC The council voted unanimously to pay 45 percent ($12,829.50) of the remaining $28,510 cost of a new air conditioning unit at the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center. Last week, the Woodford Parks Foundation voted 6 to 4 to pay $150,000 of the $178,510 cost of the unit. The council was given a letter by Parks Foundation Board member Jon Gay objecting to the expenditure. (See story on page 3.) Council members Mary Ellen Bradley and Ken Kerkhoff were absent. Tax break for Yokohama The council voted unanimously to grant Yokohama Industries a .5 percent break on payroll taxes for new employees for up to 10 years. The measure would apply for the first 134 new employees for the company, which is headquartered on Industry Drive and makes auto parts in three states. St. Leo's School The council unanimously passed a motion allowing Traugott to proceed with negotiations with the owners of the old St. Leo's School property, where the city hopes to build a new police station. Traugott said an appraisal of the 1.966-acre site and core drilling revealed no problems. The motion is contingent on another chat with the engineer who performed the core drilling, which revealed some fill material under the buildings there. Planners must decide where the new station will be built and, according to Public Works Director Bart Miller, if it is to be built over the fill material, how to prepare the soil. The owners of the property are CKS, LLC, which is made up Tim Cambron, Jack Kain, and Fred Seitz. In December, Kain told The Sun that they bought the property two years ago at "absolute public auction" in order to help St. Leo's Church. The trio expect no profit from the sale to the city and may take a loss. Other matters * The council voted unanimously to accept Traugott's nomination of Dr. Paul Schreffler to the Woodford Economic Development Authority for a term lasting from Feb. 21 to June 30 of 2019. He will take the place of Glen Kelly. * The council voted unanimously to accept Miller's recommendation to purchase a new coil for the air conditioning unit at the city wastewater treatment plant from Semones Heating and Air. The emergency status of the order allowed the council to pay Semones's bid, $3,764, which was $97.80 higher than that of McAnelly Heating and Cooling. Moore said Semones, a local company, will also get the new coil installed a few weeks quicker.

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