• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Shyrocks Ferry gate decision postponed

Magistrates Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) and Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said they went into a public hearing Tuesday before the regular Woodford Fiscal Court meeting believing they’d support a proposal allowing property owners to close a gate 180 feet before the end of Shryocks Ferry Road.

After the meeting, which was extended five minutes beyond its allocated half-hour, they decided they needed to hear more, and Judge-Executive John Coyle said the matter would be pushed back until the court’s first meeting in January.

The public hearing on the request of David Dean and Sally Droste of 2925 Shryocks Ferry Road nearly filled the courtroom, with people on both sides of the issue arguing their case.

Dean said he and his wife are trying to protect their property, which is near the Kentucky River, and prevent easy access to the city of Versailles water intake. Several nearby residents oppose the move.

Dean said the gate was installed about a decade ago with the permission of a Versailles City official who’s since passed away.

After the regular court meeting, Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) suggested other magistrates tour the site, with Coyle noting that no more than four can attend at a time so as not to form a quorum.

The Sun will have complete coverage of the issue, along with pictures, in our Dec. 21 issue.

Courthouse renovation to come in on budget

Treasurer Sabra Garman said the ongoing courthouse renovation project, which is nearly complete, will come in slightly under its $1 million budget.

Garman said the project manager suggested that lightning protection be added, and the court agreed with Coyle’s suggestion that they choose the most comprehensive and expensive option. Magistrates unanimously voted to pay $16,000 to Bluegrass Lightning Consultants of Bloomfield, Ky., which would include a lift and, Garman said, protect the courthouse’s computers and other equipment. County Attorney Alan George joked that he was less concerned about the computers and more about his office on the third floor just below the clock tower.

The renovation includes extensive work on the clock tower, a new roof and other items, and Coyle said he was “completely satisfied” with it. The court took out a $1,000,000 loan through the Kentucky Association of

Counties to pay for the project.

A bit earlier in the meeting, Garman’s financial report included an adjusted balance of $5,000,433.07, just a bit below the Nov. 28 balance that long-time participants said was likely the largest in county history.

Parking ordinance

The court voted unanimously for an ordinance that applies stricter parking rules outside the city limits of Midway and Versailles.

It notes that parking problems are occurring with greater frequency, in part due to the increasing population, and are posing an increasing danger to motorists, emergency vehicle operators and residents.

Among its provisions:

Trucks larger than a one-ton pickup cannot be parked on the street in a residential area longer than an hour unless they’re being used for pickup, delivery or work at that location.

Sidewalk parking is prohibited.

People will not be allowed to park a vehicle longer than 24 hours on any public street unless they’re adjacent to the residence of the owner of the vehicle and within the property line of that street.

The penalty for violations is up to $250 and can be compounded daily.

More winter help

Road Superintendent Buan Smith asked for and received the court’s blessing to hire two additional part-time, seasonal workers for the county road crew. Smith said with the snow season approaching, he had only eight people on the crew, which was as few as he could recall in his 14 years on the job.

Smith made his request after meeting with the court’s Roads Committee. The jobs will pay $12.50 per hour with no benefits.

Next meeting

The court’s next meeting, for bill-paying only, will be held Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.

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