• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Court updated on clock tower, Grier’s Creek bridge

In a 27-minute meeting Tuesday, Woodford Fiscal Court received updates on the $1 million clock tower and courthouse renovation project and the replacement of Grier’s Creek bridge. Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade said 95 percent of the carpentry on the clock tower and 85 percent of the work on the hurricane cliffs is complete. On Monday, the clocks themselves will be removed and placed inside the tower so workers can continue with copper work, which Wade said is off to a good start. “In roughly two weeks, they’ll start painting from the top down and then they’ll start removing the lift on the scaffolding as they come down,” Wade said, adding that the road behind the courthouse will be temporarily closed for masonry work. The next progress meeting on the project will be Aug. 17, at which time contractors may have an updated and perhaps lower cost estimate. Road Engineer Buan Smith said the county is now accepting bids for work on Grier’s Creek bridge, which was closed last December after a state inspection. Results may be available at the Aug. 22 court meeting. “Right now, it looks like the best we can do is get it constructed by the first of December, but that’s just preliminary right now,” Smith said. Smith also received the go-ahead for the court to ask for bids for a new dump truck. He’d hoped to purchase one at the state contract price, but learned only one vendor sold that type of vehicle. Taxes The court unanimously accepted tax rates for the Woodford County Public Library District Board (2.43 cents per $100 of assessed value) and Woodford County Public Health Board (6.3 cents per $100). At the end of the meeting, Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) saluted the groups for keeping the rates the same as last year’s. Police negotiations The court had planned a work session after the regular meeting to discuss negotiations on its police contract with the city of Versailles. However, with new Sheriff Johnny Wilhoit in his second day on the job and Judge-Executive John Coyle wanting Wilhoit to participate in the talks, Coyle postponed the work session. It will now be held before the Aug. 22 court meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Alert Sense Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler received the court’s unanimous go-ahead to pay the company providing the Alert Sense emergency notification system annually rather than quarterly. Chandler said the move would save the county $500 of the $8,250 yearly fee. Hiddenaway Estates Smith said Hiddenaway Estates off Pinckard Pike has asked to be brought into the county maintenance system. “The punch list I gave them – it looks like they’ve got that completed pretty much and it’s ripe for acceptance,” Smith said. The court voted unanimously to direct County Attorney Alan George to prepare an ordinance to that effect, the first reading of which will take place at the court’s next meeting. Upcoming events Jack Jouett House Director Jill Roseberry told the court that despite 100-degree weather, the July 22 Revolutionary Kids’ Day attracted 260 people to the Woodford County landmark. She also invited members of the court and public to Saturday’s Matthew Harris Jouett Day, which takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Two of the attractions will be Jouett-painted portraits of Col. Solomon Sharp, Kentucky’s first political assassination victim, and his political rival (but not assassin), Patrick Darby. Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel told the court the annual River Sweep will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clifton Boat Ramp. The county’s annual hazardous waste drop-off will be held Sept. 16.

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