Wilson appointed to Midway council
Longtime Midway resident Johnny Wilson was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Libby Warfield during Monday’s Midway City Council meeting.
The vote was 3 to 1, with Council Member Sara Hicks voting “no” and Council Member John McDaniel abstaining. Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher made the motion to nominate Wilson and Council Member Bruce Southworth seconded it. Gallagher noted that Wilson had attended council meetings for the last six months.
Mayor Grayson Vandegrift opened that portion of the meeting by saying that 10 people had applied for the job by the previous Wednesday’s deadline and that he was impressed with each of them. He said he’d find a way to call upon the services of those who weren’t chosen, including appointing them to council or intra-governmental boards.
After the meeting, Wilson, 69, said he was born in Versailles and had lived in Midway most of his life. He described himself as a veteran of the Air Force who’d worked in factories and on horse farms, retiring from Kroger eight years ago. He and Beverley, his wife of nearly 50 years, have four children and seven grandchildren. Wilson said he would not run for a full term this fall. Vandegrift appointed him to the Cemetery, City Property and Blighted Property Committee.
After the vote, Gallagher jokingly called out to Wilson, “Be careful what you wish for.”
The council unanimously approved a resolution for a program in which the city and property owners split the cost of sidewalk improvements. The program was inaugurated last year and was used to help replace or repair of sections of busy sidewalks on Winter and Bruen streets.
Vandegrift said last year, the city budgeted $10,000 for the program and he’ll propose $15,000 for it in his budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. Property owners who successfully apply for the program can receive up to a $1,000 match.
The council unanimously approved the sole bid for paving work from Lexington Blacktop, a company that has done other projects for the city, including Northside Drive last year. The company also resurfaced, for free, a basketball court between the Midway School Apartments and the William G. Clark Softball Field.
Council Member Bruce Southworth noted that the city still has a little more than $70,000 left in state road funds that he and Vandegrift said could be used for the $60,755 contract. A later budget amendment will be required, Vandegrift said.
Vandegrift said he hopes the road work, including on a stretch of Stephens Street that’s seen heavy usage since the closing of Weisenberger Mill Bridge in July of 2016, will begin within a month.
Funding, event permit requests
The council voted unanimously to approve event permits for a May 19 bicycle ride benefiting the American Diabetes Association and the annual Horsey Hundred bicycle race the following weekend.
Wilson’s first vote on the council was part of a unanimous decision to spend $250 to become a Silver-level sponsor for Project Graduation.