Council hears brewery, distillery update
MIDWAY - The chairman of a task force exploring the possibility of luring a distillery or brewery to Midway gave the town's city council an update on their efforts Monday night. Steve Morgan, an industry veteran and co-owner of Kentucky Honey Farms, presented the council with a letter saying the group had found three properties "that would be viable for a distillery and/or brewery." Morgan said they'd identified 20 "already established" distilleries and breweries in Kentucky, with a goal of attracting a pre-existing business that could open a "second or satellite" location in Midway. "We'll look at start-ups next, but we hoped we could get somebody that would have an ongoing business, basically," Morgan said. Morgan said the city had a rich history in the field and that the task force, which includes his wife, Julie, City Council Member John McDaniel and former City Council Member Dan Roller, was writing a booklet for City Hall. The group is putting together portfolios that will include Midway's distillery history from 1852 to 1959 and information on properties that members believe are viable sites for a brewery or distillery. Driveway litter During the public comments portion of the meeting, Cindy Sharon Karrick gave an impassioned and amusing speech about unwanted ads left on her driveway. Karrick, who lives in the Northridge Estates subdivision, brought in the Cash Express ad, which had been wrapped around a package of labeled sticky notes inside a plastic bag. "At least five times a year, this lovely crap gets thrown in my driveway, and I didn't open it until I got here because I knew it was from Cash Express in Georgetown," Karrick said. She called the business "predatory," adding, "If everybody that wants my money decides to throw their stuff in my driveway, I'll have nowhere to park and then there'll be a bigger problem." Karrick asked if there was an ordinance dealing with such matters. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said he's been keeping a close eye on a lawsuit involving the Lexington Herald-Leader's Wednesday"Community" section, which is left on driveways around Central Kentucky. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government passed an ordinance cracking down on unsolicited materials, but Vandegrift said he feared the First Amendment prevented him from banning such things. Karrick said she believed there was a difference between a newspaper giving her information and a company trying to loan her money. Vandegrift said, at the very least, he'd talk to City Attorney Phil Moloney and contact the company and ask them to get a Midway business license. Appointments Vandegrift said he'd had trouble deciding on a replacement for the city's seat on the Woodford Economic Development Authority, which was vacated two months ago when Ron Layman moved to Leitchfield. He nominated his wife, Katie, to fill the unpaid seat on an interim basis, saying he'd been bouncing EDA-related ideas off her for two-and-a-half years. Vandegrift added, "If the governor can use a shell company to purchase himself a house at a cheaper rate, then I guess I can appoint my wife to the EDA." No council members objected to the appointment, which was confirmed unanimously. His nomination of Julie Morgan to the city's Parks Board was also confirmed unanimously. Chamber request Don Vizi, CEO of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, made his annual budget request to the council. Vizi spoke about the chamber's work in Midway and, in a letter to council members, asked for $1,500 for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1, 2018. Last year, the council gave the chamber $1,000, Vizi said.