Council gets audit ,results; warning on fluoride
The Versailles City Council Tuesday received the results of their annual audit by a Lexington accounting firm, with presenter Heather Cochran saying, “You had a pretty good year.” The council voted 5 to 0 to accept the audit. Council Member Mary Ellen Bradley was absent. Cochran took the council through a nine-page Powerpoint display, which was backed up by a 58-page set of financial statements and other reports. Cochran summarized what she called a “clean opinion” by noting the city’s net position – the difference between assets and liabilities – increased from $51,496,441 in 2016 to $51,998,924 in 2017. Page 57 of the longer document noted “ … During our audit, we did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses.” Flouridated water Shannon Corbett, who said she moved to Versailles with her family three years ago, gave a lengthy presentation on the dangers of fluoridated water, with council members asking a few questions as well. Corbett said the chemicals that make up fluoride were originally byproducts of industrial waste, and that fluoride is not regulated by the federal government. She said fluoride has been proven to cause a variety of health problems, including lower IQs in children, and called the use of it to clean water a “nifty way to get rid of an environmentally dangerous product.” In response to a question, Assistant Public Works Director Mitzi Delius said that the state Department of Public Health requires that water be fluoridated at between .6 and 1.2 parts per million. Delius said the fluoride level for city water is normally kept at .7 parts per million, and that the Environmental Protection Agency sets a maximum level for that chemical. Corbett said she knew of 30 cities around the country that have stopped fluoridating their water, and said she hoped her presentation would lead to an “open discussion in the community.” Reappointments The council unanimously voted to confirm five reappointments by Mayor Brian Traugott: John Gay for a two-year term on the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Board. Chantel Bingham for a four-year term on the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission. Mike Hall for a two-year term on the Architectural Review Board. The Rev. Floyd Greene for a two-year term on the Board of Ethics. Cathy Weil for a three-year term on the Code Enforcement Board. Big Spring Park RFP After a presentation by Council Member Laura Dake, chair of the Downtown Planning Committee (DPAC), the council voted unanimously to support a request for proposal from area architects and others for improvements to Big Spring Park. Dake said a list of ideas, ranging from improved entrances to a dog park, came from the work of the Big Spring Park subcommittee of DPAC. Dake is the sole elected official in DPAC. Garbage, recycling changes Traugott reminded the council that Central Kentucky Hauling will not pick up garbage on Christmas Day, and all customer routes will run one day late next week. Recycling will be picked up on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Central Kentucky Hauling will not pick up garbage on New Year’s Day, and all customer routes will be one day late that week. Recycling will be picked up on Thursday instead of Wednesday.