• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Cemetery mapping program unveiled

The Versailles City Council Tuesday was given a presentation on a mapping program designed to give anyone with a computer or smart phone a way to find out who’s buried in the city’s two cemeteries.

Kenneth Johns, GIS coordinator for the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission, and James Whisenhunt of the

Bluegrass Area Development District (Bluegrass ADD), which hosts the site, spoke to the council. The program uses a combination of GIS mapping, cemetery records and maps, and Johns said a “where you’re at” function will be added later. Photos of many of the graves taken over the last half-dozen years are also accessible at the site (https://maps2.bgadd.org/woodford/VersaillesCemetery/).

Public Works Director Bart Miller said the council approved the $2,000 cost of the program last year, and Council Member Ken Kerkhoff called it the best in the state. People can search by name, birth year, death date and other categories. Mayor pro tem Ann Miller said the site could also prove to be a tourist attraction, particularly for those interested in governors and other famous figures buried in Versailles

Cemetery and Rose Crest Cemetery.

The council will review the terms of Ancestry.com for a possible link to that site.

Water, sewer changes

Several ordinances dealing with the city’s water and sewer services were passed 5 to 0. (Council Member Mary Ellen Bradley was absent.)

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.

2018-8 establishes that bill adjustments for swimming pools include a $20 administrative fee.

Cell phone boost

The council heard first reading of an ordinance to allow bidding on a non-exclusive telecommunications franchise to attract a company that will attach devices to utility poles to boost cell phone signals.

Bart Miller said the city of Louisville did so without creating an ordinance and the result was a proliferation of new poles. Winning Versailles bidders would use existing poles and have new ones approved by the Public Works Department, he said.

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