• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court signs off on softball complex lease

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Woodford Fiscal Court voted 7 to 0 to approve a lease with Kentucky Youth Softball, Inc. (KYSF) for an indoor softball practice facility on .153 acres at the Woodford County Park’s softball complex.

Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) was absent.

The plan for a 12,000 square feet indoor facility to be built and maintained by the non-profit was introduced to the court in January. KYSF’s Frank Hestand said the building would include a press box, concession stand and restrooms that could be used by other groups. The building would be adjacent to Field #9 and would allow teams and individuals to practice indoors, which would cut down on the number of players who travel elsewhere to hone their skills.

In response to a question from Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6), County Attorney Alan George said that possible subleases involving the Board of Education or other groups would have to be approved by the court.

The one-year lease is renewable for up to 98 years at $1 per year. It establishes the name “Kentucky Softball Academy” and states that use will be limited to Woodford County residents or teams with rosters featuring Woodford County players.

According to the agreement, the building will cost about $137,000.

Midway EMS station to open Oct. 19

EMS Director Freeman Bailey told the court that the long-awaited EMS station for Midway will “go live” Oct. 19. At the court’s last meeting, Bailey discussed flood-related problems at the former Midway fire station off East Leestown Road, saying rain over the past few days had revealed leaks in the building. A trench to steer runoff away and costing less than $1,000 would fix the problem, he said. The land was obtained in a swap with the Woodford Fire District in return for four acres of land in the west edge of the county park, where a new fire station will be built.

Courthouse, annex HVAC problems

Maintenance Superintendent Rick Wade told the court that when the weather cools, refrigerant leaks in the HVAC units at the courthouse and courthouse annex will be addressed with “significant repairs.”

Huntertown Road sidewalk

Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) told the court that progress is being made on the Huntertown Road sidewalk project she’s spearheaded for more than three years. She said officials are a few weeks away from completing right of way acquisitions, though there was one holdout near one end of the project.

Non-public students transportation

The court unanimously approved a renewal of the annual contract with the Woodford County Board of Education involving the transportation of non-public school students. State law allows fiscal courts to be reimbursed for a portion of those costs.

Abandoned property

Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) announced that an abandoned house on the corner of Steele and Clifton roads had been torn down. He said the property had been cleaned up and would be reseeded by the end of the week. He credited George for a letter sent to the property owner that mentioned a tougher abandoned property ordinance the court is working on and said that was a factor in the owner’s decision to comply with the request.

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