• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

City moves forward on pavilion

In a 23-minute meeting Tuesday, the Versailles City Council voted 4 to 0 to approved a request for quotes (RFQ) for the proposed downtown pavilion on Rose Hill Avenue.

Council Members Mary Ellen Bradley and Laura Dake were absent, as was Mayor Brian Traugott. Mayor pro tem Ann Miller presided.

Miller is also chair of the Pavilion Committee, which includes citizens, business owners, council members and others.

“The committee has made the recommendation that the main pavilion revert back to the original plan of the city-owned parking lot known as the Rose Hill parking lot, and that will include a covered stage, pavilion and outdoor marketplace,” Miller said.

Other goals include creating a scenic walk path from the pavilion/marketplace area to Big Spring Park, and a second, smaller “covered place” on the city-owned portion of the rear parking lot of the Woodford County Library. A handicapped-accessible walking path would go from the library lot to the park, as would a pedway over Park Street.

After the meeting, Miller said the original project estimate of between $965,000 and $1.2 million did not include the non-pavilion/marketplace items. Naming rights and other types of sponsorships could pay for much of the project, she said.

The Pavilion Committee would judge bids based on relevant experience, experience of firms working together, individual team members’ experience, experience with the City of Versailles, and project understanding and familiarity. The RFQ deadline is April 25 at 4 p.m.

Bids would be reviewed by the committee, but no contracts can be signed without approval from the city council. Council Member Ken Kerkhoff, a member of the committee, said the committee will work with park leaders as the project progresses.

Water, sewer changes

First readings were held for several ordinances dealing with the city’s water and sewer services.

2018-3 lengthens the amount of time the council has to refuse water services to premises outside city limits to 30 days.

2018-4 states that people desiring water services shall be responsible for keeping the service line from the point of connection with the water meter to the “point of consumption” in good repair.

2018-6 establishes a new timeline for disconnection for non-payment, which shall be no earlier than 10 a.m. of the 26th day of the month or the next business day if the 26th is on a weekend or holiday. In such cases, the customer must pay the account balance and a $40 service charge to resume service.

2018-7 establishes new criteria allowing bill adjustments if no water from a leak has entered the sewer system. Another condition is “reasonable efforts to locate the leak and initiate repairs … within 14 days from the date of the water bill indicating the leak.” The ordinance also establishes that bill adjustments for swimming pools include a $20 administrative fee.

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