Terms of courthouse renovation announced
In what one participant called its shortest meeting in 35 years, Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday discussed the terms of its $1 million loan for a courthouse renovation. The project will include repairs and renovation of the clock tower, a new roof, inspection and possible replacement of quoins on two corners of the building and work on gutter problems. Treasurer Sabra Garman told the court a public hearing was held in Frankfort that day and that the seven-year loan through the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) would be at a 3.5 percent interest rate. Payments will be made monthly. Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) said some members of the public think the project just includes the clock tower. In a related matter, a letter to the court from Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade noted that the scaffolding was complete and work on the clock tower, eaves and masonry was about to begin. Salary schedule The court's salary schedule for fiscal year 2018, which began July 1, was approved unanimously. County employees received a 3.5 percent raise. The four highest employee salaries belong to Ambulance Director Freeman Bailey at $73,797.98, Road Engineer Buan Smith at $69,750.72, Garman at $56,704.75 and Recycling Director Sherry McDaniel at $55,154.74. Bluegrass.org to close A letter to the court from Bluegrass.org announced that a recent review of its 17-county service area had led to the decision to close its Woodford County office at 125 Big Sink Road at the end of the month. Clinic director Cristyn White wrote, "Keeping the office open in Woodford County is no longer a sustainable option." The non-profit organization, which serves people on Medicaid and Medicare, offers mental health, substance abuse and disability services. The letter noted that outpatient mental health services for Woodford County residents will be available at its Frankfort office at 191 Doctors Drive. That office number is (502) 223-2182. Fire protection board The court unanimously approved Judge-Executive John Coyle's nomination of Harold Carmichael to the Woodford County Fire Protection Board. Jail dishwasher Jailer Michele Rankin told the court that the jail's dishwasher, which was installed when the Woodford Detention Center opened in 1988, recently broke down. In response to a question from Magistrate Gary Finnell (Dist. 3), Rankin said a replacement expected this week would cost less than $10,000. Ordinance Review Committee Coyle said he'd added Mike Adams, president of the Lane's View Homeowners Association, to the Ordinance Review Committee announced at the last meeting. The committee is chaired by Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) and includes Magistrates C.L. Watts (Dist. 2), Brown and Coyle. Short meeting At the end of the 13-minute meeting, County Attorney Alan George said, "Judge, I've sat in this corner for 35 years and this has to be the shortest meeting (I've attended)." George then added that he'd better quit talking in order to preserve the new record. George first began attending fiscal court meetings as the assistant county attorney. Coyle wrapped up the meeting with a quote likely inspired by his recent vacation at Myrtle Beach: "The cure-anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the ocean."