• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Vandegrift pushes “comprehensive” traffic plan

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift delivered details of what he called a “comprehensive traffic plan” at Monday’s Midway City Council meeting that will take effect soon.

Vandegrift said the last few years, the council has been trying, with varying levels of success, to crack down on speeding. The Versailles Police Department has done great work and the portable speed/radar device has been a good deterrent, gathering valuable data, he said.

A much-maligned speed bump was less successful and has been set aside.

Vandegrift said his plan had three phases. The first would be painting lines on the edges of city streets to make them feel narrower and reduce speed. East Stephens Street, from the Homeplace at Midway to Spring Station Road, would be the first to receive the stripes, with painting done by city workers.

The second phase would involve using curb extensions, also known as “bulb outs,” in which sidewalks are extended into the street.

According to www.pedbikesafe.org, “Curb extensions significantly improve pedestrian crossings by reducing the pedestrian crossing distance, visually and physically narrowing the roadway, improving the ability of pedestrians and motorists to see each other, reducing the time that pedestrians are in the street, and allowing space for the installation of a curb ramp.”

The first intersection to receive a curb extension would be Winter and Stephens streets, Vandegrift said.

The third phase would be up to the council, with further measures added if the first two phases aren’t judged effective, Vandegrift said.

Animal ordinance

The council heard first reading of an ordinance dealing primarily with the care and treatment of pets. The ordinance clears old rules off the books and mirrors language in an ordinance passed by Woodford Fiscal Court March 27.

Among the changes:

Adequate shelter is defined as being “sufficient enough to protect the animal from weather conditions that may cause suffering, based on the species, breed, body condition, and health of the animal.” The shelter must have a solid floor, at least three solid walls or sides, a solid roof, proper ventilation and bedding.

Leashes must “be attached to a properly fitting collar/harness designed to be a holding device. The tether and collar shall be of a weight and material appropriate for the species, breed, condition, and size of the animal …”

The area around leashes, which can be no less than 10 feet long, must be free of objects which could become entangled in them.

Event permits, funding

The council voted 5 to 0 (Council Member John McDaniel was absent) to approve an event permit for Midsummer Nights in Midway, which will feature live music and vendors on June 29, July 27 and Aug. 24.

The permit allows organizers to close the north (lower) side of East Main Street, which Vandegrift said he favored because of concerns about children and vehicles.

Debra Shockley, president of Midway Renaissance, which sponsors the event, said merchants affected by the street closure will be notified beforehand.

The council also voted 5 to 0 to pay the group $500 to become a named “Silver Sponsor” of the events.

A funding request from the organizers of “On A Summer Eve’s Concert Series, which will feature live music at Walter Bradley Jr. Park on Sundayevenings, was tabled until the July 2 meeting. Younts building

Vandegrift said work will begin soon on the long-neglected Younts building across Main Street from City Hall. He said the owner told him scaffolding should be up within the month.

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