• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Court approves parks projects

Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday gave the go-ahead for two important parks projects: paying a portion of the cost of a new air conditioning system and hauling two truckloads of brick chips for a softball field. Both votes were 7 to 0. Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 7) was absent. Two weeks ago, the Woodford Parks Foundation board voted 6 to 4 to pay $150,000 of the $178,510 cost of a new AC unit for the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center. Last week, the Versailles City Council voted 4 to 0 to pay 45 percent of the rest of the cost ($12,829.50) and Tuesday, the court voted to pay 55 percent ($15,680.50). Under an interlocal agreement, the city and county fund the department on a 45/55 split. That interlocal agreement rose again when Parks Director Rich Pictor and Woodford County High School softball coach Les Anderson asked the court for the use of two trucks to haul material to lessen flooding problems on the warning track of Field #9. Anderson said the warning track floods badly five or six times a year and takes several people a half-day to fix. He and Pictor scouted around for material to lessen the problem, and Anderson said the softball team and a private donor would pay for the material, which is in Powell County. After several minutes of debate, Magistrate Gerald Dotson (Dist. 5) made a motion to have the county road department use its trucks and personnel to haul the material and bill the city for 45 percent of the cost. Later, County Road Engineer Buan Smith said he estimated the total cost of the pick-up to be between $500 and $600. Former inmate costs Woodford Jailer Michele Rankin received the court's unanimous approval to sign a year-long agreement with Advent Financial Systems of Elizabethtown in an effort to recoup more of the cost of housing county inmates, which is $50 a day. Woodford County Attorney Alan George said many people don't know that inmates are responsible for the cost of their jail time, though few pay. Rankin said two other counties received a total of $28,000 in the first month with Advent. At stake is $3 million in outstanding debt. Rankin said the Woodford County Detention Center only receives about 30 percent of what inmates owe. Under the agreement, Advent will keep a portion of the money it collects. The contract can be canceled with 30 days' notice. Roads An official with the state Transportation Cabinet's Rural Secondary Road Program made a brief presentation at the start of the meeting, outlining what the county is expected to receive in rural secondary road funds for fiscal 2017 and 2018. Brett Blair got a chuckle when he told the court that for the first time in his memory, the state Transportation Cabinet was encouraging counties to keep all their resurfacing Flex funds. Judge-Executive John Coyle said he'd never been encouraged to keep Flex funds, and a motion to use $65,043 for fiscal 2017 (which ends July 1) on county roads, rather than state roads, passed unanimously. Flex fund amounts are determined by the condition of the state roads in each county, according to the Transportation Cabinet's website. In fiscal '17, the state will spend a total of $278,040 in rural secondary road funds on 2.829 miles of work on Steele Road and $70,035 on 1.141 miles of Woodlake Road. The court also agreed to accept $170,000 for Steele Road and $270,805 for Pisgah Pike for fiscal '18. Solid waste grants Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel received the court's unanimous approval to seek two state grants: a $62,000 hazardous waste grant and a $22,700 recycling grant, the latter of which would be used to buy a dump trailer. Two other unanimous motions authorized Coyle to sign the documents if the grants are successful. South Woodford Water District Coyle received unanimous approval for his appointment of Malcolm Collins to a fill a vacancy on the South Woodford Water District Board. The term is for four years, and Coyle said the seat has been vacant for some time.

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