Council discusses bakery water issue
Much of Tuesday night's Versailles City Council meeting was devoted to a recently discovered problem that Utilities Manager Mitzi Delius said needed to be solved "yesterday." To help lure More Than A Bakery to the area, the city annexed land off Big Sink Road and agreed to provide water and sewer taps at city expense. "We had labored under the assumptions ... for over than a year, since the bakery announced they were coming to Versailles, that we were to be the provider of water and sewer services," Traugott said. On Saint Patrick's Day, Traugott and Delius attended a meeting to discuss the fact that the city's water line crossed over the county's Northeast Water District water line. "We found out at that meeting that Northeast, correctly, had first claim to provide that water service. We're the sewer provider, inarguably, but the repercussions of that is that, A, we had already put a tap in the ground where we were going to connect with them and B, the bakery engineers had put pipe in the ground heading towards our infrastructure, because they labored under the same assumptions we did," Traugott said. City Attorney Bill Moore said state law gives the Northeast Water District the right to provide water to More Than A Bakery. Traugott said he hoped a deal could be struck that would have the Northeast Water District - which would be providing water from the city of Versailles - pay the city back for the $3,395 it spent to install the water tap. Delius said the city also had personnel costs incurred in installing the tap. Traugott said the company had paid between $20,000 and $40,000 for their water line, work on which stopped just a few feet away from the city's tap. After several minutes of questions and answers, a meeting of the city's Water and Sewer Committee was set for Friday at 9 a.m. Public Works Director Bart Miller suggested Delius meet with the company in the meantime. Unsolicited materials Traugott told the council that he was pulling the second reading of an anti-litter ordinance aimed at cracking down on unsolicited materials after learning of a just-filed federal lawsuit. Traugott said the Lexington Herald-Leader filed the suit against the Lexington-Fayette County Metro Government for its recent ordinance aimed at the newspaper's Wednesday supplement. The Community section is left on the driveways of thousands of Central Kentucky residents, who have to opt out to stop receiving it. The Versailles ordinance was modeled on the Lexington bill, and would have received a second reading and likely approval Tuesday. "I think it's on bogus grounds. I don't think the First Amendment protects your right to litter under any circumstances ..." Traugott said. The ordinances would require that unsolicited materials be left on the front porch, through a mail slot, attached to the front door, or put in other, more secure places. New bucket truck The council voted 5 to 0 to approve a request by Bart Miller to purchase a bucket truck with a 45-foot bucket for downtown decorating, building maintenance and tree trimming. (Council Member Mike Coleman was absent.) Miller said he'd advertised for bids and received no response. The 2010 truck will be purchased from Altec for $39,900. Miller said $30,000 was budgeted for a new truck, and the motion allows $9,900 to be transferred from the city's storm drainage repair line item. Water filters The council voted unanimously to pay $6,950 to low bidder S4 Water of Bowling Green to examine the 10 dual media filters at the city's water treatment plant. Delius said she didn't believe such work had been done since the plant was renovated in 2005. Chamber budget Woodford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Don Vizi made his annual pitch for funding to the council, asking for the same amount as the chamber received in fiscal 2016-17: $5,500. (Fiscal 2017-18 begins July 1.) Vizi highlighted some of the chamber's new initiatives, such as the Woodford County Leadership Program, "which will graduate 11 business leadership-ready individuals" this year. Vizi said the chamber will also make this year's Twilight Festival a "true Twilight festival," with activities scheduled from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 26. Body camera grant Versailles Police Chief James Fugate told the council he'd applied for a $25,856, 90/10 matching grant from the state Justice and Safety Cabinet for body cameras. Fugate said the grant would pay for 16 body-worn cameras and three digital cameras for detectives. In response to a question from Traugott, Fugate said the grant would allow nearly every officer in the department to have a body camera.