• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Council passes animal ordinance

The Midway City Council Monday unanimously passed an ordinance dealing with animals that establishes new protections for pets and mirrors much of a county ordinance passed in late March.

The ordinance establishes a definition of adequate shelter (solid floor, at least three walls, solid roof, proper ventilation and bedding) and sets new standards for leashes, including a 10-feet minimum length.

Traffic plan

The council unanimously supported the first phase of a new traffic plan introduced by Mayor Grayson Vandegrift the previous meeting that will see stripes added for the length of Stephens Street in the city. Two yellow lines will be painted down the center of the road, with white edge lines on each side and, where possible, bike lanes. Advocates say the stripes make roads look more narrow and thus reduce speed.

Public Works Committee Chair Bruce Southworth said he knew of nobody who opposes the move. Vandegrift said the painting will be done by city workers and will begin soon, but may not be finished before the council’s July 16 meeting.

Midway Station mowing

Vandegrift updated the council on the mowing of overgrown grass at Midway Station, sharing an email sent Monday morning to developer Dennis Anderson. The letter cites a May 31 conversation between City Attorney Phil Moloney and a representative of Anderson’s in which

Moloney informed the man that the overgrown grass is in violation of city ordinances. According to Vandegrift’s letter, the representative told Moloney that the area would be mowed by June 8.

As of Monday morning, the area was still not mowed and Vandegrift wrote, “No more correspondences regarding the Midway Station property will be made in such an informal manner.”

The email informed Anderson that he was in violation of section 92.21 of city ordinances and gave him five days to remedy the nuisance.

Otherwise, city officials could enter to remedy the problem, then place a lien against the property to recoup the cost of mowing. Vandegrift said a mowing crew was on the way within three or four hours.

Parks Board appointee

The council unanimously supported Vandegrift’s nomination of Tiffany Marsh to fill the unexpired term of about two-and-a-half years of Julie Morgan on the Midway Parks Board. Vandegrift noted that Marsh is a city resident who’s already worked with the Parks Board and was recently named Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year for her work at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington.

Sponsorships

The council unanimously supported funding requests for the Woodford-Midway Tennis Classic, a new, three-day event set for an unspecified date in August, and the ongoing “On A Summer’s Eve Concert Series.” The tennis tournament will receive $250, and the concert series, $400. Vandegrift said the concert money would help attract bigger name events to venues like Walter Bradley Jr. Park and

The Homeplace at Midway.

The moves leave the city with $1,100 in the $5,000 line item for donations for fiscal year 2019.

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