• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Midway: no outside help needed

MIDWAY CEMETERY was hit hard by the July 20 storms, but five days later, 30 volunteers helped clean it up, likely saving city workers dozens of additional hours of overtime. (Photo by Sarah Strohl)

One week after the storm that left most of the county without power for days, Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said the city would not have to hire an outside contractor to pick up debris.

His remarks came after a special council meeting Friday, July 27, in which a new, four-year garbage and recycling contract with low bidder Rumpke, its present contractor, was accepted. Vandegrift said the meeting was necessary because the city’s first bid request landed only Rumpke. A second reading and vote will still be needed to make the deal, which takes effect Aug. 1, official. The price for residential customers will increase from $12.91 to $14.95, and for business customers, with twice-weekly pick-ups, from $27.54 to $35.

After the brief meeting, Vandegrift praised the city workers and volunteers who helped pick up limbs and leaves. Streets Department workers began working overtime Saturday and each day since, and on Wednesday, 30 volunteers helped clean up the Midway Cemetery.

“Terry Agee, our streets supervisor, said that it probably saved them two or three whole working days, just not having to pick up all the little things that were all over the cemetery. So we’re pretty much back to our normal routine and we’re not going to need to hire any outside contractors to come in and help,” Vandegrift said.

Midway residents have their trash, recycling and brush picked up every Tuesday, but after the storm, city workers began doing so every day, he said.

“I can’t say enough about our workers. They’ve been unbelievable. And then getting 30 volunteers to come out and help them at the cemetery saved them a (lot) of time,” Vandegrift said.

City workers and citizens have been taking the storm debris to the city’s dump off Spring Station Road, which has a wood chipper.

“Starting Monday (July 30), we’re going to be back at normal operations,” Vandegrift said. The overtime costs to the city will almost certainly pale in comparison to clean-up costs for the city of Versailles and Woodford County (see story on front page), both of which will hire outside help for the job.

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