• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

More jobs could be pending for Midway Station

Potentially good news about new jobs and land sales at Midway Station dominated a short meeting of Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday. Woodford Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chairman John Soper told the court that developer Dennis Anderson, who has an option to purchase land at Midway Station, could close on a deal with a convenience store this month. Soper said the sale of the first commercial lot at the industrial park would likely involve a small, unexpected legal expense, and that there was a title issue to work through. Soper said when the property was originally purchased, part of the arrangement was that when the EDA sold $1 million worth of commercial property, the EDA would pay $100,000 to the Roach family, which sold the land to the EDA. He said he believed Anderson would ultimately pay the $100,000 because "there's just enough equity in that option price between what he owes us for the whole option and what we owe on the bond." Soper also said the EDA was about to receive a letter of intent from a business to purchase eight acres at Midway Station on land originally planned for residential use. The business would employ between eight to 10 people and require no incentives, and the release price would lower the EDA's debt on the park by $200,000. A rezoning would be required, Soper said. Another 10 to 15 "highly skilled manufacturing" jobs could come from a deal with a company to purchase the last remaining industrial lot there. Soper said he was working with state economic development officials on the matter, about which he was "cautiously optimistic." Courthouse, clock tower Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade told the court that the Lexington engineering firm BFMJ would make a presentation at the May 23 meeting on repairs needed to the clock tower and stone work on the courthouse. Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) asked Wade if he was comfortable about only having one bidder for what could be an expensive project. Wade said during the Spark Versailles event the weekend before last, a weather event worried him. "I don't think the clock tower will blow down, but I think pieces and parts will blow off," Wade said. Judge-Executive John Coyle said that he'd discussed the matter with County Attorney Alan George, and that they were comfortable with the emergency declaration the court had made allowing for a single bidder. Needle exchange program George said he'd received an email detailing a proposed needle exchange policy from the Woodford County Board of Health just before the meeting. Coyle is chair of the health board, and Magistrate Gary Finnell (Dist. 3) is a member. George said he believed action would be required before July 1 to take advantage of a $7,955 grant from the Woodford County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP). Coyle said he'd ask the fiscal court committee he appointed to study the policy to review the email. Special meeting Before the meeting, the court held a work session on health insurance for county employees. Coyle said a special meeting to take action on the matter will be held Tuesday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Emergency exercise Ambulance Director Freeman Bailey briefed the court on the disaster exercise scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Woodford County Park. All county emergency personnel and many from surrounding counties will participate in the scenario, which involves a school bus struck by a train. Bailey said 30 or more "patients" will be on the bus, and a few more on the train. A spectator's area will allow people to watch the exercise. Bailey said ambulances will be timed on a round-trip to a Lexington hospital. After lunch, a class will be put on by Blue Grass Airport officials to discuss how to handle a mid-air collision between a small aircraft and a helicopter.

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