Midway Council approves police contract
The Midway City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a contract with the City of Versailles for police protection that would increase Midway’s payment by about two-thirds.
The five-year extension of the present interlocal agreement goes into effect July 1 and will have Midway paying 4.25 percent of the Versailles Police Department’s (VPD) operating budget. At the Jan. 22 Midway City Council meeting, Council Member Bruce Southworth, the city’s lead negotiator, said that will amount to about $166,000 annually – up from $100,000 in the present deal.
Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said an important provision in the contract allows a representative from the city to participate, but not vote, in annual police budget talks.
The deal includes a 120-day opt-out clause for both sides.
The agreement also says the VPD “shall make a reasonable effort to provide traffic direction at the intersection of U.S. 62 and Northside Drive during opening and closing of (Northside Elementary) school” on school days.
Before the vote, Vandegrift said the VPD “serves us very well” and praised Assistant Chief Mike Murray, the department’s main liaison with Midway. Council Member Sara Hicks said during the last year-and-a-half, she’s had a “much better experience” with the VPD.
Vandegrift said the new rate amounts to about $100 per Midway citizen annually.
John Soper is best known for his work as chairman of the Woodford Economic Development Authority (EDA), but that job is unpaid.
Monday the council unanimously approved a one-year extension of Soper’s contract to provide economic development services, in which he is paid a total of $5,720 a month by both cities and the county. Midway’s 15 percent portion of the deal, which does not include benefits, is $858. At the last Woodford Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates also voted unanimously to approve the contract, and the Versailles City Council did the same Tuesday.
“Our outlook at Midway Station honestly looks a lot better than it ever has and now we’ve got Lakeshore (Learning Materials) and AHK and all these jobs and revenue coming in. I think we’re in a position where for the first time in a long time, maybe ever, (we can) truly tailor Midway Station more to our liking,” Vandegrift said.
MBA: near-monthly events
The recently reelected president of the Midway Business Association appeared before the council to tout a calendar for 2018 that features at least one event nearly every month.
Peggy Angel said for the first time this year, there’ll be an all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration in which downtown restaurants will offer food and drink specials and gift baskets for people who take part in a “Shamrock Ramble.” Green displays will be shown in City Hall.
The Midsummer Nights event will return in June, July and August, and the Christmas celebration, from Nov. 3 to Dec. 15, will give people who visit at least three shops or restaurants a chance to win a gift basket.
Angel also said her group will send a letter to the council asking the city to renew its $1,200 contract with the state for signage on I-64, and Vandegrift said a vote was likely at the council’s next meeting.
Water line extension
The council unanimously approved a request by the owner of a home at 5799 Midway Road to hook into the city’s waterline if the owner, Gary Smith, pays for the cost. Vandegrift said Smith will also need to work with state officials on the extension.