• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Council returns Cedar Ridge money -City now out of retention basin squabble

In a short meeting Tuesday, the Versailles City Council voted 4 to 0 for two motions returning surety development bond funds to the developer of Cedar Ridge subdivision.

Council Member Mary Bradley was absent. Council Member Laura Dake abstained from both votes.

The money had been held for years while the developer, Naro Properties, LLC, was engaged in a dispute with Cedar Ridge homeowners about the performance of and repairs to a retention basin there. Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott said it was the most discussed retention basin in the history of the city.

The votes returned $5,000 to the developer for “Unit 2” and $3,000 for “Unit 3.”

“We held it just to make sure that the west basin was working correctly, and it is,” said assistant Public Works Director Paul Simmons.

The council also voted unanimously for a motion reducing the calculation for a letter of credit involving Phase 2, Section 1A-1 of Wooldridge Garden subdivision from $178,722 to a CD worth $20,399.85.

Before the vote, Simmons said with the exception of one truckload, paving work had been completed and most of the concrete work is finished. In response to a question from Council Member Ken Kerkhoff, Simmons said he was confident the remaining work would be completed.

Park Street sewer repair

Public Works Director Bart Miller said a sewer line on Park Street in front of the Head Start building was cracked in a couple of places, which may be related to the recent cold snaps. He said temporary clamps were in place, but the repair needed to be done “pretty soon.”

The council voted unanimously to approve an emergency repair quote of $26,396 from Leak Eliminators, LLC of Lexington. The other quote, from Insituform, was more than $15,000 higher. Budget, salary talks

Dake suggested the council hold a work session on the budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1 and is preceded by a budget proposal by Traugott. She also lobbied for a meeting on the subject of pay raises, which in recent years has been uniform. Dake and others have suggested a merit-based program, which Fire Chief Brian Wainscott endorsed.

“We’ve got to nail something down,” Wainscott said.

Dates were not set for either meeting, but no one spoke against the proposal.

Dake also said she’s sent a request for proposal for a “Big Spring Park Vision Plan” developed by the Downtown Planning Advisory Committee she chairs to three landscape architect firms.

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