Mayor breaks tie vote for 5 percent raises
Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott Tuesday cast his first tie-breaking vote in nearly four years as mayor in favor of a city budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes a five percent raise for all non-department head employees. "No" votes were cast for the General and Enterprise Fund budgets by members of the council's Finance Committee: Chairman Mike Coleman and council members Ann Miller and Ken Kerkhoff. They had proposed budgets offering four percent raises to city workers. (Neither the mayor or council were given raises in either proposal.) The four percent option would save the city $45,478 next year, but Tuesday, Kerkhoff said with retirement pay, that figure could rise to about $74,000. Before the vote, Council Member Laura Dake spoke as a perceived swing vote, saying she'd been contacted by a person on both sides of the matter. She said she understood arguments from those in favor of a four percent raise who said they were concerned about the affect the higher hike would have on the city's ability to have a sustainable budget. "When you have good people (city employees) and you have very little turnover and you have a lot of experience, that to me is what sustainability is a lot about," Dake said. Kerkhoff echoed data he'd seen showing suggested hikes for private industry, federal employees and the consumer price index all fell well below five percent. Miller said during her time on the council, she'd never seen a committee report dismissed by the council. Council Member Mary Bradley said she stood behind her motion and that city workers deserved a five percent raise. Coleman said he hoped next year's budget would reach the Finance Committee sooner, an idea Traugott said he would support. The Road Fund vote was unanimous. Budget highlights General fund: Revenues, $9,928,369; operating expenses, $9,513,204; capital expenses, $649,600; end-of-year balance, $3,725,441. Enterprise fund (includes sewer and water): Revenues, $17,557,000; operating expenses, $6,245,573; capital expenses, $11,274,000; end-of-year balance, $11,496,275. Road fund: Beginning balance, $245,000; revenues, $169,482; operating expenses, $200,000; end-of-year balance, $214,482. Road fund hearing A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the council's road projects for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1. They include: Baker Alley (South Main Street to South Locust Street), Bowmar Street, Church Street, Debra Street, Highland Street, Mildred Street (Merewood Drive to the end of Georgia Street), Marcella Street, Morgan Street, Simmons Street, South Locust Street (Baker Street to Morgan Street, Morgan Street to Tilford Alley and Tilford Alley to Lexington Street), with patches on Fieldview Drive and Big Sink Road. No members of the public chose to speak during the hearing, and no written requests were submitted. New police station Traugott said the city closed yesterday on the purchase of the old St. Leo's School property at North Main and Elm streets for $422,000. The two-acre site will be used for a new city police station. Later in the meeting, Miller got the go-ahead for the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee she chairs to begin negotiations with C & W Architects for the design phase and Codell Construction as construction manager. Nunnelley honored Denny Nunnelly was honored for more than 40 years of service to Versailles and Woodford County with a resolution declaring June 30"Denny Nunnelley Day." Nunnelley will retire from his position of executive director of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) at the end of the month. He served as Woodford County sheriff and judge-executive, state senator for the 30th district, and became executive director for KACo in 2010. Quotes Unanimous votes were cast for the following low bids: * $4,100 by McKinney Painting, Inc. for prep and painting at the water treatment plant's fluoride room. * $5,540 by Emergency Medical Products, Inc. of Dublin, Ohio for five adult and one child defibrillators for the fire department. * $10,400 by Mike Carpenter of Lawrenceburg for excavation for a fire training tower.