• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Council approves new garbage deal

The Versailles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a two-year contract extension with Central Kentucky Hauling that will see rates rise from $9.75 to $10.10 per month for once-weekly pick-up.

Public Works Director Bart Miller said the company’s initial offer was $10.50 per month and that the 35-cent increase agreed upon will amount to an annual hike of less than two-thirds of one percent over the last eight years. He said his department is pleased with the work of the Lexington-based company, and that putting the contract out to bid this spring would introduce an element of uncertainty.

The rate is multiplied by the number of times the company picks up garbage or recycling; a business needing twice-weekly pick-up will pay $20.20 under the new rate.

The renewal goes into effect Sept. 1 and will last through Aug. 31, 2020.

Big Spring Park

The last third or so of the 94-minute meeting was devoted to a discussion of Big Spring Park and how to negotiate with a company the Downtown Planning Advisory Committee (DPAC) is considering hiring to improve it.

Council Member Laura Dake, the chair of the committee, said nine companies responded to DPAC’S RFP (request for proposal) and that a subcommittee favored Element Design, a Lexington landscaping firm. After considerable debate, the council unanimously approved a motion allowing DPAC to discuss the proposal with the company and find out its fee. The motion also includes an invitation to Judge-Executive John Coyle and members of Woodford Fiscal Court to take part in the talks.

Funding for Big Spring Park is provided on a 55-45 county-city split.

Industry Day

Woodford Economic Development Authority Chairman John Soper briefed the council on the 2nd annual Industry Day held earlier in the day, which he said was a great success. He said 220 high school seniors took tours of local plants, including NSG Pilkington, Yokohama, Ruggles Sign, Quad/Graphics and Ledvance. More Than A Bakery provided lunch at Versailles Baptist Church.

Soper said each plant provided a human resources officer to discuss “real life expectations” for when students leave school and go to work.

He also said Quad/Graphics has made a $100 million investment over the last three years and that Yokohama is planning a new line that will require 50 more workers.

Chamber of Commerce

Woodford Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Vizi appeared before the council to discuss the chamber’s work and ask the council for funding. (He did the same at the Midway City Council the previous evening.)

Vizi asked the council for $5,500 – the same as last year.

Mayor Brian Traugott and Council Member Mike Coleman expressed interest in holding another GED/expungement session like the one hosted by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System last August. That evening, more than 40 people were shown how to get certain crime convictions expunged from their record and took a pre-GED test.

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