• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Council moves forward on sewer bonds

The Versailles City Council held a first reading Tuesday for an ordinance allowing the issuance of $14.225 million in water and sewer revenue bonds as part of the city’s $20 million wastewater treatment plant overhaul and expansion.

A 10 percent “adjustment” is permitted.

A $10 million bond issue in 2016 provided initial funding for the plant. Public Works Director Bart Miller said the new bonds will pay for the rest of the wastewater treatment plant work and the final phase of the city’s six-year sewer system rehabilitation.

The bonds will “go to market” for competitive bidding on May 23, according to Stan Kramer of First Kentucky Securities.

The plant is the largest infrastructure project in city history, and Miller said the new plant, which will be finished in September 2018, will address the city’s wastewater needs for at least the next 20 years.

New police station imaging

After a 25-minute presentation by a representative of Multivista, the council voted unanimously to pay the company $8,600 to document construction of the new Versailles Police Station.

A company representative said Multivista specializes in photographing projects like the new Georgetown Police Department and a Lexington fire station throughout the process. He said his company’s work helps the owner – in this case, the City of Versailles – avoid finger-pointing and litigation if there are problems during the project.

“You’re the owner’s set of eyes,” said Council Member Ken Kerkhoff.

At the end of the meeting, Council Member Ann Miller announced that groundbreaking on the new police station will take place next Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m.

Cell phone franchise

The council voted unanimously for an ordinance creating and establishing a bid process that may lead to cell phone companies bringing signal boosters to town. J. Alex Brosky, a permitting manager for Mobilitie, said the devices are typically placed on utility poles where there’s lots of data usage.

Winning bidders would use existing poles and would have to get new ones approved by the Public Works Department, according to Bart Miller.

In other news:

The council chose to pay more for new police SUVs after Police Chief James Fugate said his officers didn’t like a different model made by the same company. Glenn’s Freedom Chrysler of Lexington was offering two Dodge Durangos for $26,401 apiece; Fugate recommended the council instead accept a bid by Jack Kain Ford of $33,038.18 apiece for two Ford Explorers with the police package. “You don’t have to get the lowest price if you get an acceptable product at a higher price,” City Attorney Bill Moore.

The council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance that will allow bed and breakfasts with three rooms or fewer on at least five acres to operate in agriculture zones. The measure was previously recommended by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission.

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