• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Midway council advances property tax cuts

The Midway City Council Monday heard first readings on ordinances to lower property taxes by 26.5 percent.

The cut from 10.2 cents to 7.5 cents per $100 of assessed value is possible largely due to increased payroll tax revenue from Midway Station, which also helped the council pay off loans on the old and new sewer plants.

A second reading, and likely unanimous vote to approve the cuts, will take place at the council’s next meeting the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Garbage rates

The council unanimously approved an ordinance that will increase garbage rates in a new four-year deal with Rumpke. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said Rumpke showed good faith by agreeing to extend their existing contract in order to allow the city to seek a second bid.

The rate for once-weekly residential pick-up increases from $12.91 to $14.95, while businesses with twice-weekly pick-ups rises from $27.54 to $35. Churches will pay business rates unless they request once-weekly pick-ups.

Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher asked if businesses with dumpsters paid the monthly fee. Vandegrift said they didn’t, but had to pay a dumpster fee.

Storm sewers and paving plan

Vandegrift said he wanted to hold off on paving Stephens and North Winter streets and Starks Alley until storm sewer repairs can be made to Starks Alley. He said the city had received two bids from paving contractors and might need to rebid them.

Council Member John McDaniel said he believed run-off problems should be addressed first, and Council Member Bruce Southworth said it would be a shame to put down new paving and have to cut it. Council Member Steve Simoff wondered whether the sewer problems could be fixed in-house.

Vandegrift said he’d write a letter to Starks Alley residents explaining the reason for the delay. EDA appointment

The council unanimously confirmed Vandegrift’s nomination of Michael Michalisin to the Woodford Economic Development Authority (EDA). His wife, Katie Vandegrift, had been filling in since the resignation of EDA member Ron Layman, and she was praised by EDA Chair John Soper.

Vandegrift said Michalisin was a former “Wall Street guy” who’d come to Main Street in Midway to open Timber Fence Capital, which is in the old City Hall building.

Of his temporary appointment of his wife, Vandegrift joked that it was “very Kentucky of me.”

Water fund transfer

The council voted unanimously to transfer $50,000 from the city’s payroll tax fund to its water fund. Vandegrift said there were three unexpected expenses affecting the water fund – water main breaks on Northside Drive and South Water Street, and a failed telemetry system in the water tank. He said the money could be transferred back later in the fiscal year.

Committee reports

Council Member Sara Hicks said the Cemetery and City Property Committee she chairs recently met at the cemetery to discuss the pad for the planned pavilion. Vandegrift said a structural engineer from city contractor HMB Professional Engineers was looking at the plan, which volunteer John Holloway helped design. Hicks said they hoped to pour concrete soon.

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