Council tables Winter Street permit
MIDWAY - The city council Tuesday voted unanimously to table an encroachment permit at 120 South Winter Street after a nearby homeowner said he was concerned about run-off from a new, gravel driveway. Charles Logan said he's lived on the 100 block of East Higgins Street for 65 years and that the new driveway - which Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said was added without the city's permission - would add to existing flooding problems. Before the vote, Logan asked that the owner of the South Winter Street property guarantee in writing that the driveway would never be blacktopped. Council Member Libby Warfield said some types of gravel can pack down over time and cause run-off problems nearly as bad as those caused by blacktop. Vandegrift said the incident was a sign that it's not always better to ask for forgiveness after the fact. Council Member Bruce Southworth made the motion to not grant the permit until the council receives more information from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Vandegrift said not only did the homeowner not seek the encroachment permit before doing the work, but also didn't show up for the council meeting. Another encroachment permit, to allow the owner of 221 Johnson Street to add six feet of width to a driveway to allow for two cars, was granted unanimously. Radar sign Vandegrift had two bits of news regarding the city's radar/traffic data sign: that it would be moved from East Higgins Street to Coach Station Road for a week to measure traffic, and that the city should purchase another. He said the present sign, purchased for $3,200 about two years ago, was "worth its weight in gold" because it slowed down speeders and its traffic-measuring ability. The council unanimously approved a motion to allow Vandegrift to spend up to $4,000 to purchase another unit. New high school pitch Woodford Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins made his second of three stops before the county's legislative bodies to make a pitch for a new $56 million high school. The Woodford County School Board will ultimately make the decision on whether to approve a 6-cents-per-$100 dollars of assessed value property tax hike to pay for the new school. Hawkins said the suggested facilities tax, if passed soon, could result in a new high school located near Woodford County Middle School opening for the 2020-2021 school year. Pay hike first reading A pay increase discussed in a Thursday, Aug. 24, work session received first reading. It would increase the pay of council members from $50 to $200 per month, and the mayor from $100 to $1,400 per month. The ordinance, if approved, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019 - after the next election. Backers say increased activity at Midway Station requiring more work from council members, and especially the mayor, is one reason for the pay hike. Another is the pay hasn't been increased for many years. An ordinance that would have raised council members pay to $400 per month and the mayor's to $1,000 per month failed by a 4 to 2 vote last month. The new ordinance could be discussed and voted on at the council's Sept. 18 meeting.