• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court discusses Millville flooding

Woodford Fiscal Court was updated Tuesday on Saturday’s flooding in the Millville area and the ongoing clean-up from the July 26 storm that toppled trees and knocked out power throughout the county.

Woodford Emergency Director Drew Chandler said rain from a slow-moving, severe storm early Saturday night pushed Glenns Creek out of its banks and sent water pouring down hills. A survey Sunday revealed 26 homes and businesses that had been damaged, but there are likely others, Chandler said. (See photos on front page.)

Chandler said damaged public property included a 50-yard section of blacktop on Watts Ferry Road he said peeled off like the top of a wedding cake and the chain link fence next to the Millville Community Center. Federal aid was unlikely, but the damage opened the door for hazard mitigation grants for people who’d like to make their homes more flood-resistant, he said.

Two dumpsters will be kept in the area through at least Friday for people to drop off flood-related debris. One is at Millville Baptist Church and the other one is in an empty lot at 5125 McCracken Pike.

Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) suggested a claim for the damaged fence be turned into Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), the county’s insurer. He said he’d meet with state officials the following morning to discuss getting the blacktop, which is near the fire station, repaired as soon as possible.

Watts said there was “zero warning” of the storm and that considering the heavy rain and flooding, Millville dodged a couple of bullets.

Most of the news on the July 20 clean-up effort was more encouraging.

Smith said by the following day at lunch, the county would be “cleaned up completely” except for subdivisions that he and his crews were already working on. However, there was a disturbing incident Friday in Lane’s View subdivision that Sheriff Johnny Wilhoit is investigating.

Smith said when one of his workers tried to slow down a motorist traveling far too fast, the motorist spit on him. Smith called it “disheartening” that such a thing happened while they were trying to clean up the man’s own subdivision.

Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) asked the court whether they should again allow free debris drop-offs at the Solid Waste and Recycling Center. The center had extended hours and allowed free drop-offs through Aug. 11. Director Sherri McDaniel said she had 2.5 million pounds of debris at the center, despite city and county vehicles taking it to a burn pile at the county park for nearly two weeks.

(Non-government employees are not allowed to take it to the site, which is loosely overseen by state Transportation Cabinet workers.)

McDaniel recommended the center not resume free drop-offs, noting that in the past few days, people had been leaving more lush, green material less likely to be from the storm. The charge for leaving vegetative material there is 5 cents a pound.

Castle & Key

The court unanimously supported a resolution to extend payroll tax breaks for Peristyle LLC, the parent company of Castle & Key Distillery.

In 2014, the court voted to allow the company to keep 1 percent of the 1.5 percent county payroll tax for a decade, in part to help the company qualify for state incentives. Tuesday’s resolution extends the cut to reflect the fact that the company is investing far more in the property and hiring many more employees than projected four years ago.

Woodford Economic Development Authority Chair John Soper said the company’s investment will increase from $4.1 to $36 million and the number of employees from 10 to 100.

Appreciation brunch

The county will host an employee appreciation brunch Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. for all the first responders and others who helped out during and after the July 20 storm. The event, which is open to county and city employees, will be held in the basement of the courthouse. Coyle said he’d pitch in to pay for the sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and fruit, and encouraged magistrates to, also.

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