• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Magistrates discuss courthouse problems

Members of Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday discussed two problems involving the building they meet in: the exterior of the southeast corner and the deteriorating clock tower atop it. Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade told the court, "The (masonry work on the) corner looks like it's starting to walk out. We have a lot of movement. We also have concerns about the clock tower ..." Wade said he and Judge-Executive John Coyle met Monday with retired civil engineer Bill Furlong, who recommended a structural engineer examine the troubled areas. Coyle asked the court for a motion to do so as soon as possible, which passed 7 to 0. Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) was absent. Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) asked about the timetable to replace the clock tower. Coyle said Furlong seemed to think the repair of the clock tower should be on a faster track, but the court would act after advice from the structural engineer. In the fall of 2015, the court put a line item in the county budget to borrow $400,000 through the Kentucky Association of Counties to repair the tower. Abandoned home? Sheriff Wayne Wright spoke to the court about what he described as an abandoned or neglected home at 110 Ravenwood Drive, which is in Sycamore Estates. Wright said he'd been unable to contact the owner of the property, about which neighbors have complained about trash, rodents, the state of its grass and dying trees in the backyard. Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) said he was amazed somebody hadn't done something about the problem, which Wright said was discussed last year. Wright said the utilities were still on and the tax bill had been paid. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said a neighbor told her that gas for the home had been turned off due to safety concerns. A garage full of trash is believed to be a problem, too. Wright said he'd like to report back to the court in two weeks, during which time he'd continue to try to contact the property owner, whom he believes lives in Scott County. Wright said he might ask the Scott County sheriff to serve her with a notice. Gill asked whether the city of Versailles had stronger laws dealing with such matters, to which the answer was yes. Gill said the county needed a similar law, and Coyle said after the court passes the county's budget, he'd appoint an ordinance committee to discuss that and other laws. Huntertown Community Park Gill discussed the 30 acres in the Huntertown area she said the county purchased in 2007, but never developed, in part because a 2012 grant request was denied. She said other grants and assistance from community groups might be possible now. Gill suggested a motion to have Road Engineer Buan Smith examine the area and put an estimate on a new fence, repairs to an existing fence, the cost of building a road into the area and constructing a footbridge. The motion passed unanimously. Wright said after signs were recently posted prohibiting motorcycle and ATV use in the area, trespassing there seemed to have stopped. Non-public school children The court unanimously passed a resolution approving spending $16,000 for Woodford School District buses to transport non-public school children. The resolution noted that the county would ask the state Transportation Cabinet for full reimbursement of the county funds. Free generator The court unanimously approved Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler's request to receive a 50-watt electrical generator, transfer switch and charging system from the Federal Aviation Administration "at little or no cost to the county." Chandler's letter to the court said the equipment was used near Bowling Green at a site that is being decommissioned, and could be used in Woodford County at a site to be determined.

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