• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Simoff won’t run for reelection

Just before the end of Monday night’s Midway City Council meeting, Council Member Steve Simoff announced that he would not seek reelection.

He cited personal and professional reasons for his decision, saying he wanted to let others who might be interested in a seat on the council know of his intent before next Tuesday’s filing deadline.

“I’ve really enjoyed this, and maybe in two years, or four years, I’d like to do it again,” said Simoff, who was elected in 2016.

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift complimented Simoff on his service and the unselfishness of the timing of his announcement. After the meeting, Vandegrift said he wasn’t aware of Simoff’s decision until he announced it.

Midway Corner Grocery

An attorney for the owner of the Midway Corner Grocery said her client recently learned there was a problem with the title to his land.

Phyllis Mattingly is representing Scott Bradley, who purchased the property from his parents in 1994, and whose parents and grandmother bought it in 1980.

“Recently Mr. Bradley had his property surveyed, and he learned that the property he thought he owned was not entirely included in the deed that had been conveyed to him. So we have a problem with his title as far as the survey,” Mattingly said.

She handed council members a deed for the property and a map showing the grocery, a stretch of abandoned property on the northeast side of it alongside old Midway Road, and another section partially adjoining Northside Drive. Mattingly said Bradley believed that he owned the latter two tracts and had always paid taxes on them. She asked the council to consider going on record stating that the city had no interest in those pieces of land, the abandoned portion of which one council member referred to as “no man’s land.”

Mattingly said she’d previously met with Vandegrift and City Attorney Phil Moloney to discuss the matter.

The council voted unanimously in favor of Mattingly’s suggested motion, which includes authorization for Vandegrift and Mattingly to enter into a quitclaim deed, with final approval required by the council.

Garbage rates

The council heard first reading of an ordinance that raises garbage/recycling pick-up rates from $12.91 to $14.95 for residential customers and $27.54 to $35 for twice-weekly pick-ups at businesses. The four-year contract with Rumpke, its present contractor, went into effect Aug. 1.

The council first discussed the matter at a Friday, July 27, special meeting. Vandegrift said that meeting was necessary because the city’s first request for proposals (RFP) landed only Rumpke. A second RFP landed another, higher bidder.

Lexington School assistance

The council voted unanimously for a resolution authorizing and providing for the issuance of up to $5 million in municipal bonds on behalf of The Lexington School, which last year had 13 students and 19 staffers from Woodford County.

Bond attorney Christian Juckett said the issuance, which the city did in 2016 for another private school in Lexington, will allow the school to get more favorable rates than those offered by traditional loans. Juckett said the city serves as a conduit for the bonds, and that neither the city nor city officials will be at risk.

The city can issue up to $10 million each year in such bonds.

At the council’s July 16 meeting, the school’s development director said the loan will allow them to expand their “One School Project” and build a new center for children with learning differences.

Other business:

The council unanimously supported a request by the Woodford County Volunteer Group to contribute $125 to help pay for electricity at the state fair, which takes place Aug. 16-26.

The council voted unanimously to waive the $75 tap-on fee for the new ambulance station, the opening date for which has not been set.

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