Council: $5 million for police station
The Versailles City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $5,012,712 contract with CMW, Inc., for the construction of a new police station at the corner of North Main and Elm streets. Previous estimates for the building had been between $4 million and $4.5 million. After the meeting, Mayor Brian Traugott said the higher cost was related to increased demand for labor due to recent hurricanes and various projects in Lexington, and an unanticipated need to protect the dispatch center from severe weather. The council also voted unanimously to approve a contract worth up to $12,450 with Vector Engineers, Inc. to provide supplementary geotechnical exploration and soundings for the site. Wastewater Impact fee The council heard first reading of an ordinance aimed at funding capital improvements and expansions of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. A handout from the Public Works Department said, “Impact fees are assigned to new residential and commercial development or significant increased wastewater flows by existing customers.” One-time charges are $1,370.85 for a 5/8-inch meter, $3,427.13 for a 1-inch meter and $10,966.80 for a two-inch meter. “Tenured customers” will receive a $122.10 discount on a 5/8-inch meter impact fee charge. Opioid suit The council voted unanimously to join what City Attorney Bill Moore called multi-district litigation against makers and distribution of opioid painkillers. The contract will be with Jones Ward PLC of Louisville, and the massive suit would earn the city 30 percent of settlement or court winnings after expenses. Woodford Fiscal Court recently signed on to the same suit with the same terms, but with a different law firm. ‘Large vehicles’ prohibition The council heard first reading of an ordinance designed to crack down on large vehicles parked on city streets. The present ordinance prohibits trucks larger than 1.5 tons; the new ordinance makes it illegal to park vehicles designated as “Class 3” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Gross Weight Rating system. The ordinance would allow the towing of such vehicles, unless they’re being used for pickups and deliveries. Edmonds Cross CD The council unanimously accepted a $71,277.13 certificate of deposit from a Lexington law firm representing the Edmonds Cross development. The council accepted the terms of a letter from the firm, which will result in the city finishing Phase 1 of the development plan. Bids The council unanimously approved low bids for: • $26,072.92 from Jack Kain Ford for a 2018 Ford F-150 for the Public Works Department. • $9,845 from Best Equipment Co. for a sewer inspection push camera. • $16,235 from Delaney and Associates, Inc., for a sand pump replacement at the water treatment plant. • $28,927.46 apiece from Jack Kain Ford for two 2018 Ford Explorers for the Versailles Police Department. Benson honored The council unanimously supported a resolution honoring the life of Roy M. Benson, who served on the city council for 29 years and died Oct. 28 at the age of 86. The resolution praised Benson for his support of the Versailles Cemetery, public employees, a full-time fire department, the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, keeping a hospital in Versailles and upgrading the city’s utilities. Benson was raised in the Kentucky Methodist Home and was a graduate of Versailles High School.