Council picks police station construction manager
The Versailles City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to award the construction manager contract for the city's new police station to Codell Construction of Winchester. The vote came after a meeting of the council's Law Enforcement Police Advisory Committee. The chair of the committee, Council Member Ann Miller, said they used fee guidelines from the state Department of Education to determine how much to pay and that Codell would be paid about $350,000. The estimated price tag of the new station is between $3.5 million to $4 million, which doesn't include the $422,000 the city paid for the old St. Leo's School property on the corner of Elm and Main streets. The state guidelines call for a construction manager to be paid 4.5 percent of the price of a project costing between $3 million and $4 million and on-site service fees of $10,000 per month. Miller said Police Chief James Fugate was working with the architecture firm CMW of Lexington on the design of the building. Ethics reforms The council heard first reading on four ordinances that backers say will beef up the city's code of ethics. The first adds new terms to definitions in the code; the second further defines conflicts of interest; the third makes changes to procedures involving ethics complaints, including whistle-blower protections; and the fourth deals with matters ranging from patronage to outside employment. Police merger talks Mayor Brian Traugott appointed a four-member committee to handle negotiations with Woodford Fiscal Court involving police protection for county residents. Under the current interlocal agreement, the county pays 38 percent of the city police department's operating budget. Traugott said the present contract requires good-faith negotiations with the county to extend or amend the police merger agreement beginning July 1. He said Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle told him that next week the court will decide how they want to proceed on their end. "... I think we need to note going in that we need to concede that fiscal court have a representative in the room when the police budget is talked about from its inception, and nobody that I know has any problem or issue with that. It was an oversight (to not have that in the present agreement)," Traugott said. Volunteers for the committee were council members Ken Kerkhoff, Mike Coleman and Laura Dake, and Traugott said he'd also be part of the committee. Fielding Drive An accident last Friday on Fielding Drive played a role in Traugott raising the issue of an unnamed business owner there parking heavy industrial equipment on trailers on the street. Fire Chief Brian Wainscott said if his department had needed to get more equipment there, they couldn't have done it. Traugott said he didn't believe the city's nuisance and related ordinances gave police the ability to crack down on the problem, and said he'd speak to the business owner about it Old Dry Ridge sidewalk The council voted unanimously to pay low-bidder The Allen Company of Lexington $162,455 to build sidewalks on Old Dry Ridge Road from Troy Pike to the back of Cedar Ridge Subdivision. Public Works Director Bart Miller said another company bid less, but wasn't on the state's list of contractors eligible for projects involving state grants - like the $140,000 the state is expected to pay for the Old Dry Ridge sidewalks. He said Ball Homes will kick in approximately $13,000 for the sidewalks, but the city will need to come up with the additional $9,000. Traugott suggested using money from the city's downtown sidewalks fund, but held off calling for a vote on that Tuesday night. Water bill newsletter? Dake said she'd designed a prototype for a newsletter that would be sent with city water bills that would cost $440 per issue. She suggested topics for a first issue including the responsibilities of a mayor, an event calendar, and short bios and pictures of the city's elected officials. Many local and state governments have prohibitions against using tax dollars for materials deemed to be self-promoting. Kerkhoff suggested sending the newsletter on a quarterly basis, and monthly during busy times. Dake said she'd send a draft to Traugott and the council. Other bids The council unanimously approved low bids for the following: * The state contract price of $7,800 for a new Exmark LZE651 mower from Central Equipment of Lexington. * $154,045.91 from the Lexington Quarry Company for milling and resurfacing of city streets.