• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

City to sell fire truck for $1

Awhile back, the city of Midway put its 1982 fire engine up for sale. After the highest bid was just $300, and not from a fire department, officials took it off the market. Monday, during a brief meeting, the city council voted 4 to 0 to sell the city’s third fire truck, a Ford F-800 not in use, to the Harrison County city of Berry for $1. (Council Members Kaye Nita Gallagher and Libby Warfield were absent.)

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said the city was contacted about the truck by Berry officials.

“I don’t get to say this often – Berry is a smaller city than us,” Vandegrift said.

Vandegrift said the move will save space and maintenance costs, and that he’s glad the truck, which still works, will be put to good use.

“I would hate it if (a non-fire department buyer) would start driving it around town …” Vandegrift said.

Commerce, industry and homes

Vandegrift led a discussion on the latest news in commerce, industry and developments and offered his thoughts on what is best for the city in those areas in the long term. He said that downtown Midway is as close to being fully occupied as he’s seen in a long time and perhaps in city history. Only two usable buildings are empty and both have prospects, he said.

He said a meeting last week with Midway Station developer Dennis Anderson lasted two hours and went well. Anderson recently closed on a service station at the industrial park and plans to close on five-plus more acres there, Vandegrift said. (See EDA story on page 9)

Vandegrift said Anderson still has 61 acres zoned residential at Midway Station and agrees with Anderson’s suggestion that it be zoned industrial.

Vandegrift said that there are no current plans to build new housing in Midway to help meet the needs potentially posed by hundreds of new employees of Lakeshore Learning and American Howa Kentucky. Future housing should be affordable, have a small footprint and employ “outside the box” thinking, he said.

Steve Simoff asked if purchasing and annexing 104 acres of land near Midway Station owned by Homer Freeny would result in competition with Midway Station. Vandegrift said probably, which might not be a bad thing.

“What we’re doing with all this industry is really setting ourselves on a course for 20, 30, 40, 50 years, so that’s why it’s important to keep thinking about keeping growth in check, but also realize, this is not a trend that’s going to continue for 10 years or so. There’ll be another recession at some point …” Vandegrift said.

Vandegrift said he opposed commercial development south of Leestown Road, and no council members disagreed with him.

Council Member Sara Hicks said she hoped city officials will consider renewable energy as part of the sustainable plan Vandegrift spoke of. Vandegrift said he agreed.

Other matters

• Hicks invited council members to attend a meeting of the Trails Association at the Kentucky Association of County Officials (KACO) headquarters in Frankfort. At the meeting, a plan will be rolled out for a bike trail between Frankfort and Midway off Leestown Road. The trail will eventually go all the way to Lexington, Hicks said. “It will bring tourist trade to Midway …” she said.

• The city’s tree-lighting ceremony will take place Friday at 6:30 in the town commons.

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