• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court passes $17.7 million budget

Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a $17,696,793.13 budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1.

Categories:

General: $11,868,747.81 (67.14 percent)

Road: $2,217,547.02 (12.54 percent)

Jail: $2,546,254.81 (14.4 percent)

Local government economic assistance: $223,463.42 (1.26 percent)

State grants: $412,652.96 (2.33 percent)

Federal grants: $0

Disaster emergency services: $110,468.54 (.62 percent)

Debt services: $297,658.57 (1.68 percent)

In a separate vote, the court also unanimously approved the county employee salaries list, which was part of the budget. Department head salaries, some of which were not broken down individually, include:

Judge-Executive: $87,565.93

County Attorney: $49,645

County Clerk: $88,123.93

Sheriff: $82,046.64

Coroner: $25,569.73

Fiscal court members: $170,575.68 (among eight members)

Treasurer/tax administrator: $58,706.86

Maintenance Supervisor: $46,091.45

Jack Jouett House executive director: $25,000

Road engineer: $72,183.38

Jailer: $93,085.46

Troy Pike rezoning

The court unanimously approved a zone change request for three tracts of land at 4395 Troy Pike totaling more than 240 acres. The measure had already received a public hearing and was recommended for approval by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission, which ruled the zone change is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.

It would rezone 120.777 acres from A-1 (agriculture) to A-2, 23.231 acres from A-2 to rural residential and 99.546 acres from A-2 to residual farmland.

After the hearing, attorney Hank Graddy IV said, “We regret the decision of the Fiscal Court not to hold a public hearing to consider the impact of the proposed rezoning. We will consider our legal options.”

Lori Garkovich, who’s worked with Graddy on other land protection-related suits, said opponents of the zone changes fear they will result in one large subdivision from one end of Troy Pike to the other.

Solid waste nuisance amendment

The court heard first reading of an amendment to the solid waste nuisance ordinance dealing with notifications and penalties. The amendment makes it the duty of the solid waste coordinator to provide the alleged violator written notice of the problem and demand the abatement of the nuisance by a date at the coordinator’s discretion. It also sets penalties of between $100 and $500 per day, per violation.

Violators may be issued a citation by the solid waste coordinator, sheriff or authorized police officer.

Bank bids

The court unanimously approved a motion by Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) to bid for banking services. The county’s contract with Kentucky Bank expires at the end of July.

Reappointments

Judge-Executive John Coyle reappointed Gene Hornback to the Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) for a four-year term. EDA Chairman John Soper was in attendance and said, “Gene has great wisdom and keeps me calm at times,” to laughter from the court.

The court unanimously approved Coyle’s nomination of Richard Cornish to be reappointed to the Woodford County Fire District Board for a three-year term.

Elevator contract

The county renewed its safety test contract with DC Elevator of Lexington for $265.

Closing words

Before the results of the special election on the school tax were in, Coyle closed the meeting by quoting former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

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