• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court: progress on Millville flooding, July 20 clean-up

Woodford Fiscal Court got good news on two storm-related fronts Tuesday: the Aug. 11 flood in Millville and the July 20 storm that tore through the county.

Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) told the court that the fence next to the Millville Community Center was replaced last Friday, Sept. 7 – the day before the annual Hillbilly Daze. (See photos of the festival on front page and page 12.) He praised Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade for overseeing the project, and Road Supervisor Bo Wilson for supervising the repair of nearby blacktop ripped up by the flood. Watts said because the fence and road were damaged by a flood, KACo, the county’s insurer, would charge no deductible. Otherwise, the projects would have cost a total of about $12,000.

Later in the meeting, Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said the two dumpsters placed in the area after the flood weren’t being filled as quickly, and lately, were full of non-flood related garbage and even tires. His suggestion that they be removed was made into a motion by Watts, and it passed unanimously.

Later, Wilson updated the court on the removal of debris from the July 20 storm. He said his crews were picking up about 60 loads a day – between 240 and 260 tons – from the Solid Waste and Recycling Center and taking them to a burn site at the county park. As a result, they may be done by the end of this week, he said.

Wilson also discussed a mailbox and shrub in front of an empty home at the corner of Sugartree Lane and Huntertown Road that are in the right of way and cause problems with sight lines for motorists and pedestrians. County Attorney Alan George said he’d try to find an heir to the property and notify them that the county will remove the shrub and move the mailbox back from the road. Another notification option is a posted notice there, he said, but he said he didn’t believe the county needed approval to remove the items because they’re in the right of way.

“You don’t want to wait until there is an accident…” George said.

Land swap

The land swap between the county and the Woodford Fire Extension District that will result in a new fire station at the county park and a new ambulance center in Midway could be complete by the end of the month, according to EMS Director Freeman Bailey.

Bailey made the comments after the meeting, during which Assistant County Attorney Phyllis Mattingly discussed the title search she’d completed. She said the court needed to decide how to handle a lease with a farmer whose cattle are grazing on the four acres the county will deed to the fire district. Judge-Executive John Coyle suggested the county pay half of the estimated $4,000 cost for a fence to separate the four acres from the farmer’s property, and a motion to that effect passed unanimously.

The land swap will allow the county to put a new ambulance station in the old fire station in Midway. Ultimately, the swap will allow quicker EMS response times for Midway-area residents and faster fire responses for those living near the county park, which could lead to slightly lower insurance rates in both areas.

Jail health care contract renewal

The court voted unanimously to hold a first reading on a one-year contract renewal with Southern Health Partners to provide health care at the Woodford County Detention Center. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said while the cost was increasing about 11 percent, from $132,891.60 to $141,651.70, the number of inmates had increased by 28 percent.

EM honors

Chandler announced his deputies had been honored at the previous weekend’s annual conference of the Kentucky Emergency Management Association. Emily Coleman was named Deputy Director of the Year, and Johnny Mills became one of 12 deputies in the state certified as Kentucky emergency managers.

Chandler asked them to stand while he read from their certificates, and after the applause died down, Mills announced that Chandler had been elected to a two-year term as president of the association.

Household hazardous waste day

Solid Waste and Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel told the court that 525 vehicles dropped off material at last Saturday’s annual household hazardous waste day. The event, in which people can drop off paint and other items that shouldn’t be thrown away normally, is free to the public.

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