• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Council approves zone change, New company, 32 jobs expected

The Midway City Council voted 5 to 0 Monday night to approve zone changes making more than 75 acres of land at Midway Station I-1 (light industrial).

Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher was absent.

The ordinance alters zoning for a 73.314 gross acre tract presently zoned R-1 and a 1.973 gross acre tract presently zoned R-3. Jon Strom, an attorney for developer Dennis Anderson, who has an option to sell property at Midway Station, confirmed that the zone changes clear the way for a company that will bring 32 jobs to the industrial park.

After the vote, Council Member Bruce Southworth asked Strom if Anderson was going to “take the option,” which expires at the end of 2019. In return for the right to sell land there, Anderson pays interest on the outstanding debt, which would otherwise be paid by the City of Midway and Woodford County. As large chunks of land has been sold at Midway Station over the last few years to companies like Lakeshore Learning Materials and American Howa Kentucky, the principal and interest have declined.

“I’m not real sure what he wants to do at this point. At this point, the option’s still in effect,” Strom said.

Bourbon barrel team-up

The Midway City Council voted 5 to 0 Monday night to partner with the Midway Business Association (MBA) in the bourbon barrel art project discussed at the last council meeting. Steve Morgan told the council the MBA had, like the council, voted to contribute $1,000 to the project. By linking the contributions, the chair made of bourbon barrels and decorated by a local artist could be kept in Midway, rather than sold at auction along with others that will be popping up around the county next year.

Council Member John McDaniel said he didn’t see a downside to the idea, and the council voted 4 to 1 for a resolution to that effect, with Council Member Johnny Wilson voting no.

The council also approved event permits for MBA-sponsored holiday events beginning Nov. 13 and running for the following six weeks.

Morgan thanked Wilson for putting together a downtown parking diagram for such events.

Park update

Cecilia Goss of the citizen-led Park Board gave the council an update on a half-dozen projects at Walter Bradley, Jr. Park that are finished or well underway:

60 trees have been planted in the “edible forest.”

The new park entrance behind the library includes a safety fence costing $875 to prevent park-goers from falling into the quarry.

A walkway under the pergola at the bottom of the paddock behind the elementary school and Midway University will allow visitors to walk across “super-marshy” areas.

Picnic pavilion railings have been installed.

A fence line near the library and the entrance near Northside Elementary that was covered with “problematic species” was cleared, and trumpet vines that will bloom in a couple of years were planted.

The retaining wall from the Northside Elementary entrance to near the bridge has been finished.

Park Board chairman John Holloway said the pergola cost $4,000 – $1,000 more than budgeted – but other projects came in under budget. Council Member Sara Hicks thanked Holloway for all the work he’s done there, free of charge, over the last few years.

Softball field

Rusty Kennedy, athletic director for Midway University, got the council’s unanimous go-ahead for further renovations at William Clark Field, which is owned by the city but used by the school. Kennedy said the university will pay for a concrete path behind the 3rd base dugout and a 3-foot concrete backstop.

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