Council moves on new police station
The Versailles City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to pay an additional $22,000 to clean up asbestos at the old St. Leo's School property on North Main Street, bringing the city's price tag for land for a new police station to $422,000. Council Member Mike Coleman said inspectors determined the cost of hazard mitigation there was higher than expected, and that the cost of the clean-up would be split with CKS, LLC, which is made up of Tim Cambron, Jack Kain, and Fred Seitz. In December, Kain told The Sun that they bought the 2.1-acre property two years ago at "absolute public auction" in order to help St. Leo's Church. Kain said the old school was constructed nearly 60 years ago, and that he and his partners would make no money on the deal. Mayor Brian Traugott told The Sun that the new station could cost $4 million, though that figure could be revised. The council also voted unanimously on two other St. Leo's-related matters: to issue a request for qualifications for area architect firms to design the new station; and to ask for letters of interest for a construction manager or construction manager at-risk. Hazard mitigation As he did Monday night before the Midway City Council, Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler briefed the council on a 600-page regional hazard mitigation "living document" facilitated by area development districts. The document has been reviewed by state and federal emergency management officials, and next week will be reviewed by Woodford Fiscal Court for formal adoption. Chandler told the council the five-year plan better prepares communities to lessen the impact of natural disasters and, if they occur, apply for individual and public infrastructure assistance. A resolution accepting the plan passed unanimously. Nuisance ordinance The council heard first reading of an ordinance aimed at eliminating unsolicited materials from driveways and other non-secure locations. It's modeled after a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council measure aimed largely at the Lexington Herald-Leader's Wednesday Community section, which is left on driveways through the region. People who don't want to receive the Community section have to opt out, and critics say the papers often wind up in streets, sidewalks and storm drains. That ordinance could wind up in court, and Traugott said the Versailles measure is exactly the same, except for the appeals body, which would be the city's Code Enforcement Board. The ordinance requires that unsolicited written materials be placed on a front porch, through a mail slot, be securely attached to the front door, in between a porch and interior front door, in a distribution box, or personally with the owner. The maximum penalty would be $200 per violation. Trails grant The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city to seek a recreational trails grant for a 2,150 feet (.41 miles) walk/run/bike path alongside the U.S. 60 Bypass costing $156,020. The proposed path runs from the Crossfield Drive Extension to Douglas Avenue and is on property the city purchased for $34,000. Public Works Director Bart Miller told the council the land purchase would make up the city's portion of the 80/20 federal grant. Cruisers and fire trucks The council unanimously accepted a motion from the Police and Fire Committee to accept Auto Doc's low quote to service police and fire vehicles. The measure goes into effect immediately and runs through June 30, 2018.