• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council releases Cedar Ridge CDs

In a 21-minute meeting Wednesday, July 5, the Versailles City Council voted 5 to 0 to approve motions releasing development bonds for two portions of Cedar Ridge subdivision that still required repairs. Councilmember Laura Dake was absent. Such bonds are issued in the form of a certificate of deposit (CD) to ensure developers make contractually required infrastructure improvements. Mayor Brian Traugott said street resurfacing of Crabapple Drive in "unit two" has been completed, adding that according to Assistant Public Works Director Paul Simmons, one area needs patching. The unit two CD, for $17,500, includes $5,000 for clean-up, and Traugott suggested a motion releasing all but the $5,000, with the balance being released after the work is certified by Simmons. Traugott also said the developer, NARO Properties, still owed the city $2,313.25 from a previous agreement. (On Friday, Traugott said NARO had paid the city.) William "Buzz" Nave, a NARO partner, was in attendance. Public Works Director Bart Miller told Nave a recent patch in the area had already sunk. "Evidently, someone told me a garbage truck came through there," Nave said, to which Miller responded, "Which they will weekly." Miller also said work on a retention basin hadn't been completed, either. The CD for "unit three," which includes portions of Arbor Meadow Way, is for $23,244, and includes $3,000 held back for general clean-up, which will also be released once approved by Simmons. New police station Councilmember Ann Miller, who chairs the Law Enforcement Police Advisory Committee, received the council's go-ahead to solicit bids for a construction loan for the new Versailles Police headquarters. After the meeting, Councilmember Miller said Woodford Economic Development Authority Chairman John Soper will suggest a price tag of between $3.5 million to $4 million for the new station, which will be built on the site of the old St. Leo's School. The city paid $422,000 for the property. Homeless shelter Sherry Williams, the founder of a non-profit corporation with the aim of creating a homeless shelter in Versailles, addressed the council during the public comment portion of the meeting. Williams said Unity Outreach will sponsor a public forum on homelessness July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Woodford Cooperative Extension Office at 184 Beasley Road. Councilmember Owen Roberts asked Williams, "We're not in real trouble with homeless people here, are we?" Williams replied that a count of homeless people in Woodford County hadn't been conducted since 2011, when there were 20. She said she planned a new count for January, and that several homeless people had approached her to talk about their struggles. 4th of July Councilmember Mike Coleman, who's spearheaded the city's annual 4th of July festivities the last three years, briefed the council about how this year's event. Despite the rain, the morning parade went better than expected, participant and attendance-wise, Coleman said. Coleman said the evening's events at the county park had slightly lower attendance than last year, adding, "It still took 45 minutes to get out afterwards, so I thought overall it went real well," Coleman said. He saluted the volunteers and members of the 4th of July committee. In response to a question by Councilmember Ken Kerkhoff, Coleman said the city paid $7,000 for the fireworks, with American Legion Post 67 and Graviss McDonald's picking up the rest of the $12,000 tab. Coleman said More Than A Bakery also made a "sizeable" donation, which paid for bouncy houses and other entertainment. Fire department quote Fire Chief Brian Wainscott told the council that a bid for excavation work on a training tower accepted at the last meeting had a "little glitch." Wayne said while he'd received a verbal quote from Grubbs Excavating for $9,450, he later learned that the required written quote was sent in on time but wound up in the spam folder of the assistant chief's email. Wayne suggested a motion rescinding the council's acceptance of a $10,400 quote from Mike Carpenter and another accepting the bid from Grubbs. Both motions passed unanimously.

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