Chandler: no disaster declaration
Woodford Emergency Management (EM) Director Drew Chandler told Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday there wasn’t enough damage from last week’s flooding for the county to declare a disaster. (See flooding story on page 1.) “Even though we didn’t declare an emergency, if there is a presidential declaration for this event, which I do anticipate will happen because of the Ohio River flooding, that will open the door for more mitigation money …” Chandler said. Chandler said the county could apply for 75/13/12 (federal/local/state) grants to help pay to improve drainage and elevate structures in flood-prone areas. Chandler said there were three requests for assistance, one involving water in a home in the city of Versailles and another for a street lamp on a state road he’ll refer to the state Transportation Cabinet. The third was a request for a pump from Mercer County, which they found from another source. In other weather-related news, Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade said heavy rain mid-week led to two minor leaks in the offices of County Attorney Alan George and Treasurer Sabra Garman. They were repaired two days later, he said. At the end of the meeting, Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) commended Woodford and state road crews for their work repairing potholes around the county. Animal ordinance First reading was held for an ordinance crafted by Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) and Woodford Animal Control Officer Susan Jones that sets minimum standards for the care of pets. If passed, it would be the first update to county animal care laws since 1996. Among the changes: Adequate shelter is defined as being “sufficient enough to protect the animal from weather conditions that may cause suffering, based on the species, breed, body condition, and health of the animal.” The shelter must have a solid floor, at least three solid walls or sides, a solid roof, proper ventilation and bedding. Leashes must “be attached to a properly fitting collar/harness designed to be a holding device. The tether and collar shall be of a weight and material appropriate for the species, breed, condition, and size of the animal …” The area around leashes, which can be no less than 10 feet long, must be free of objects which could become entangled in them. At the previous week’s Versailles City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Traugott, who’s said new protections for pets are needed, said he read a rough draft of the ordinance Gill sent him and liked it. Traugott and George have said that it would be advantageous to have the same animal care laws throughout the county. Second reading and a vote on the ordinance are expected at the court’s March 13 meeting. Police interlocal agreement approved Last fall, the court approved a new contract with the city of Versailles to provide police services in the county. Tuesday, George noted that Judge-Executive John Coyle had been waiting on a deal between the cities of Midway (which pays a percentage of the police budget) and Versailles to be finalized before he signed the interlocal agreement. Coyle told Versailles Police Chief James Fugate he’d sign the new deal that evening. Jail Magistrate Linda Popp (Dist. 1) told the court that Jailer Michele Rankin is working late hours most every night and needs more workers and better radios. “She cannot get any help,” Popp said. Rankin, who didn’t attend the meeting, has said previously that the low wages she must offer employees has lead to many leaving for better jobs, including those in the fast food industry. Veterans proclamation Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) introduced a proclamation designed by the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame that honors veterans for their post-service accomplishments. His motion to have Woodford County join the organization, with private donations paying for membership costs, passed unanimously.