• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court agrees to land swap, Deal makes new EMS, fire stations possible

Woodford Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to trade four acres of land in the western end of the County Park for the 6.48 acres where the old county fire station sits on East Leestown Road in Midway.

The agreement with the Woodford County Fire Board will allow a new fire station to be built in the park and an EMS station in the Midway building. Dates for the projects have not been set.

Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 1) said the new fire station could help lower insurance rates in the area.

In another land deal, the court voted unanimously to allow the Woodford County Conservation District use of .566 acres in the park in order to construct a building to house equipment.

Open burning ordinance

The court unanimously approved amendments to the county’s solid waste law to revise rules on open burning.

The ordinance defines open burning as “any matter that is emitted directly into the outdoor atmosphere and is not directed through a stack or chimney, incinerator or similar device.” Food cooked with a grill, smoker or cooker is exempt from the ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits open burns during fire hazard season within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland, except from 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tires, used oil, heavy oil and gasoline cannot be used to start or maintain fires, and muck and other waste matters cannot be burned, either.

Exceptions include:

Fire “for recreational or ceremonial purposes” if untreated wood is used as fuel and is smaller than 5 feet long, wide and high;

Fire for “weed abatement, disease control and pest prevention;

Fire for the “purposes of instruction and training of public and industrial employers …”

Stop signs for Gleneagles

Citing increased traffic in the area and a request from a resident of Gleneagles subdivision, Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) asked the court to approve turning three intersections into four-way stops.

Gardiner said the court’s Roads Committee had signed off on the request, which was unanimously approved by the full court.

Two-way stops at the intersections of Gleneagles Way and Lucas Lane, Hanover Drive and Winton Road could become four-way stops as soon asFriday, according to Roads Engineer Buan Smith.

Workers’ compensation

The court voted unanimously to accept the Kentucky Association of Counties’s $284,057 bid for workers’ compensation coverage for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. The policy offers a one percent discount if paid in full by Aug. 1, which would lower the price to $281,216.

If the premium is not fully paid by Oct. 31, there’s a monthly interest charge of .5 percent on the outstanding balance.

Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said the county should seek other bids in the future, and that the court hadn’t done so for years.

Asked about the cost, Personnel Director Davetta Jackson said it was up from last year, but wasn’t immediately sure how much. “Our claims have been relatively low in numbers the last few years, but some of our claims have been high-dollar claims,” Jackson said.

Salt price jumps

The court voted unanimously to accept a bid by Cargill to buy 1,000 tons of salt for $95,290. Cargill was not the low bidder, but Smith said the company offered more reliable service. A bid by Compass Minerals came in at $92,300 ($2,360 less than Cargill’s).

Smith said the cost of salt was about $20 per ton higher than last year.

Smith said the county has 400 tons of salt left in the salt storage barn, which could cover an average winter, and the barn holds 1,000 tons.

The contract allows the county to purchase between 800 and 1,200 tons.

The court also approved a contract with Harrod Concrete and Stone Company to purchase several types of concrete ranging from $97 to $114 per cubic yard. No other bids were received.

River Sweep

Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel announced that the annual Kentucky River Sweep clean-up will be Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clifton Boat Ramp. Bags, gloves, snacks and drinks will be provided, along with a free t-shirt. The annual Household Hazardous Waste Event, for which McDaniel received a federal grant, will take place Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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