Court holds line on property taxes
In a 30-minute meeting Tuesday, Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously to maintain property taxes at their current rates. The real and personal property tax will remain at 7 cents per $100 of assessed value, the bank deposit rate at 2.5 cents, and the motor vehicle and watercraft rates at 9.4 cents. Afterwards, Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) said he was proud that the court hadn't raised taxes since 2006. Griers Creek bridge Magistrates had two choices for contractors to build the Griers Creek bridge, and after a presentation by Road Engineer Buan Smith, unanimously chose the higher bid. Smith suggested picking the Haydon Bridge Company at $234,000 because that firm has already worked on three Woodford County bridges and because Triple C Contracting, which bid $176,914, asked for half of the money up front. Smith said with the 80-20 state match, the higher bid would only cost the county $11,417 more to work with a known entity. Smith said it was important to start the work as soon as possible to have it finished by Dec. 1, at which time, school buses, ambulances and fire trucks will again be able to use it. Smith said the school system is presently running an extra bus with a "12-mile runaround." New county roads The court unanimously accepted portions of two roads into the county road system: a .912 mile stretch of Hiddenaway Lane, from Pinckard Pike to the end; and a .051 stretch of Forrest Court, a cul-de-sac off the western side of Hiddenaway Lane. Smith said he'd notify the Woodford County bus garage of the acceptance. The move means the county will maintain the roads. Clock tower update Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade said the $1 million renovation of the clock tower, roof replacement and other work on the county courthouse is proceeding as planned. He said the dials of the clock tower face have been removed and that Monday, two sheriff's parking spots will have to be taken. Work on the roof will begin in the next two to three weeks, he said. Flood zone news Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said an Aug. 31 closing has been set for a property at 265 Lower Clifton Road, which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Severe Repetitive Loss grant program. Chandler received the court's unanimous go-ahead to pay the property owners $159,000 and fees of $325 for deed work and closing costs and $226 to the county clerk for filing fees. All of those payments will be reimbursed by FEMA, Chandler said. He also received unanimous approval to advertise for the demolition of the 265 Lower Clifton Road address and a county-owned property at 6435 Clifton Road. The cost of both projects is also fully reimbursable, Chandler said. Police, ordinance committees Before Tuesday night's meeting, the court held a work session dealing with the ongoing negotiations between the county and City of Versailles for the continuation of the 2004 police merger agreement. A deal must be struck by July 1 of next year. At the end of Tuesdaynight's meeting, Judge-Executive John Coyle announced that the Police Contract Committee will meet before the court's next regular meeting on Sept. 12. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill said the County Ordinance Committee she chairs will meet Thursday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m. to discuss a draft nuisance ordinance for abandoned vehicles. In response to a question from County Attorney Alan George, Gill said the draft will continue the present policy of a daily penalty. Fun with the ambulance director After Ambulance Director Freeman Bailey received the court's blessing to advertise for an open paramedic position, Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) asked Coyle if he could ask the coroner a question. Attendees chuckled and Bailey responded, "We try to keep (our patients) out of there."