• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council passes sewer impact fee program

The Versailles City Council voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, for an ordinance that backers say will defray the cost of capital improvements and collections for the city’s sewer system.

Council Member Ann Miller was absent.

At the council’s previous meeting, council members were given a handout from the Public Works Department that said, “Impact fees are assigned to new residential and commercial development or significant increased wastewater flows by existing customers.”

City Attorney Bill Moore said the program will establish a separate account that can only be used for necessary capital improvements.

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.

“I just want to make the comment that this is as detailed as anything I’ve seen, and it’s defendable …” said Council

Member Ken Kerkhoff. “It’s something that other communities do and with some of our new subdivisions coming online, this will help defray some of the costs that we inherently will have.”

Mayor Brian Traugott said the program was a very responsible thing to do.

Large vehicle parking reform

The council voted unanimously for an ordinance supporters say will make the city’s rules against parking large vehicles on city streets clearer and fairer.

The old ordinance made it illegal to park any truck with a payload of larger than one-and-a-half tons in residential areas. The new law broadens prohibited areas to all city streets, and changes the definition to “vehicles” larger than Class 3 of the U.S. Transportation Department’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating System, which have payloads of between 10,001-14,000 pounds.

Council Member Laura Dake, the sponsor of the ordinance, said one of the goals of the reform is to prevent semis from parking on city streets, including industrial areas.

Council Member Owen Roberts said he could remember a time when 18-wheelers were sometimes parked on driveways in the Merewood subdivision.

The new law will not apply to vehicles being used for pickups and deliveries.

Appointments

The council unanimously approved the reappointment of

Tony Hardin to the Board of Ethics for a term ending Nov. 30, 2019.

Debbie Gill’s appointment to the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Board for a term ending Dec. 30, 2018 was also unanimously approved. Gill takes the place of Woody Gaines, whose term ends Dec. 30.

Mini-excavator

The council unanimously approved paying $46,798.82 to Whayne Supply of Lexington for a new mini-excavator for the Public Works Department. The bid was not the lowest, but Public Works Director Bart Miller said its five-year warranty made it the best.

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