Council supports $6 million KCTCS renovation
The Versailles City Council Tuesday voted 4 to 0 in favor of a resolution expressing support for what City Attorney Bill Moore said was a $6 million renovation plan at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System headquarters. Council Members Laura Dake and Ann Miller were absent.
Moore said he’d attended a meeting earlier in the day of the city’s Public Properties Corporation and that the group supports the plan, which would use revenue bonds. The city owns the building.
New carpeting and an additional 20,000 square feet of space are among the improvements planned for the headquarters, which came to Versailles 14 years ago and is a key employer in the city. Mayor Brian Traugott said the more the city allows KCTCS to do, the better chance the headquarters will remain here.
Bond attorney Stan Kramer said he’ll likely be back before the council at least twice more before KCTCS’s Dec. 1 target date for closing on the bonds, and request a special meeting of the council. Moore said the revenue bonds allow the city to be a conduit for improvements at KCTCS.
Saturday, 130 volunteers from Journey Church will spruce up landscaping at a cemetery, the three Versailles welcome signs, and do ceiling work and painting inside the Versailles Municipal (City Hall) building.
Assistant Pastor Tony Hardin briefed the Versailles City Council Tuesday on the church’s plans for their third annual Serve the City program, which also includes making breakfast for first responders. They plan on upgrading landscaping at Rose Crest Cemetery and replacing mulch with fabric and rock at the welcome signs.
When Hardin finished, Council Member Ken Kerkhoff joked, “How are you guys with snow?”
Phone, data via water tower?
Brian Hawker briefed the council on negotiations for a new three-year deal for voice and data services for the Versailles Municipal building and, possibly, the new police station that will open next summer. Hawker said a Lexington-based company called QX.net would attach a microwave transmitter to the Elm Street water tower, but would not weld the equipment. Hawker said a proposed $1,750 per month fee the company would pay the city would cover the cost of voice and data services to the Versailles Municipal building and new police station. The company would recoup that cost, and more, presumably, by offering voice and date plans to area businesses. Hawker said a line of sight from the tower to the receiving dishes will be needed.
The council voted 4 to 0 to allow him to negotiate with QX.net, which has similar partnerships with the cities of Nicholasville, Paris and Georgetown.
The council voted 4 to 0 in favor of a municipal order creating the position of minority empowerment liason, a part-time job for which $18,000 was budgeted.
“We believe that this is a very important and helpful step forward for our community,” said Council Member Mary Ellen Bradley, who chairs the Administrative and Legal Committee, which put together the job description. Council Member Ken Kerkhoff asked how the success of the person hired for the job would be measured. Council Member Mike Coleman, a member of the committee, said that question was discussed, and once the person is hired for that position, objectives and reporting procedures will be put in place.
Traugott said the city had given Spectrum Cable 90 days notice to begin serving Shire Village, which has 60 residences and thus qualifies for cable service under the company’s franchise agreement with the city.
Trick or Treat
Traugott reminded the council that Trick or Treat is Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The “Boo Bash” will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. that day, and will feature Main Street businesses offering candy and costume contests for kids and pets behind the Versailles Municipal building.
Wainscott praises county first responders
In the closing portion of the meeting, Fire Chief Brian Wainscott praised county firefighters and EMS workers, who often pitch in within the city. “They are invaluable to what we’re doing,” Wainscott said.