Council passes fiscal ’19 budget
The Versailles City Council unanimously approved a budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, projecting a bottom line increase at the end of the year of more than $1.2 million.
Operating expenses: $10,009,330
Capital expenses: $664,200
Balance as of June 30, 2019: $3,956,185 (down $395,355)
Enterprise fund (water and sewer)
Operating expenses: $6,413,371
Capital expenses: $12,072,100
Balance as of June 30, 2019: $13,220,020 (up $1,786,529)
Operating expenses: $300,000
Balance as of June 30, 2019: $132,606 (down $128,394)
Horse and bourbon mural
The council unanimously voted to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Woodford County Tourist Commission to pay $7,500 for a mural displaying images relating to the bourbon and Thoroughbred industries.
Council Member Ken Kerkhoff, who heads the Tourist Commission, said artist Steve Sawyer will paint the mural on the Biederman building on Lexington Street across from the Cornerstone Pharmacy. Kerkhoff said the mural will feature a near-life sized rendering of 2015 Triple Crown American Pharoah, and that he has verbal commitments from two businesses to help pay for it.
Tourists unable to see the horse at Coolmore America Farm can instead take pictures of themselves with the mural, Kerkhoff said. Kerkhoff said the owners of the Holiday Inn Express, now expected to open Aug. 9, told him they’d put a banner in the lobby promoting the mural.
The council heard first reading of an ordinance that its sponsor, City Council Member Mike Coleman, said contains most of the same language as an animal protection law adopted by the county in late March.
(The Midway City Council did the same the previous evening. See story on page 7.)
One notable exception allows chickens, but not roosters, to be kept in city limits, with certain provisions regarding coops. Mayor Brian Traugott said presently, there is no city law dealing with chickens, which would make it difficult to prevent someone from keeping roosters.
Council Member Laura Dake told the council she didn’t know there would be a first reading and that she would present amendments dealing with the dog-tethering language.
The council unanimously passed an ordinance revamping the city’s rules and some of the fees charged for alcohol sales.
Among the changes are two levels of fees charged for a “quote retail package license.” Stores larger than 2,750 square feet will pay the present fee of $500, while smaller stores will pay $250. Traugott said Kroger has the only liquor store in the city that fits the first category.
The cost of special temporary event licenses will drop from $100 to $10. Also, caterers from outside the city limits selling alcohol must apply for a business license annually.
The measure officially makes the mayor the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control administrator without extra pay.
The council unanimously passed a resolution honoring Triple Crown Winner Justify, noting that the horse was born on Glennwood Farm in Woodford County and the prime owner is WinStar Farm, also in Woodford County.
The resolution ends, “ … when the city council adjourns this meeting, it does so in honor and recognition of the 13th Triple Crown-winning horse, Justify, as well as Glennwood Farm and WinStar Farm.”