• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Jones: 20,818 registered voters in county

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Woodford Fiscal Court got an update from County Clerk Sandy Jones on state reimbursements for election expenses.

Jones told the court that each year, the county clerk is required to file a report with the state Board of Elections to be reimbursed for election expenses. Her most recent report showed 20,818 registered voters in Woodford County. She said the Board of Elections will pay 34 cents per voter, which adds up to $7,087.12 for the county. The money will be deposited into the clerk’s account, and the money will be returned to the court in an excess fee check, Jones said.

Later, her quarterly report was accepted unanimously.

Soccer, lacrosse groups reach deal on stadium

Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Director Rich Pictor briefed the court on a proposed agreement for the use of Community Stadium with two local soccer groups and the Woodford Lacrosse Club. Under the agreement, which will be formalized by County Attorney Alan George, the Woodford Youth Soccer Association and Bluegrass Soccer Club will pay $200 per month to use the stadium in December, January, February and March.

Pictor said the soccer groups also reached an agreement with the Woodford Lacrosse Club for use of the stadium on Friday and Saturday nights, and some Wednesday evenings, in March, April and May. In a letter to the court, Pictor wrote that the lacrosse club pays a $35 per night fee for lights in April, May and June. The court voted unanimously to direct George to draft the formal agreement.

Midway EMS station

EMS Director Freeman Bailey told the court that last Friday’s opening of EMS station #3 in Midway went well. (See story on page A-3.) Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) noted that a few years ago, capital costs for opening the new EMS station were estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million. Thanks to a land swap between the county and the Woodford Fire Extension District and intergovernmental cooperation, the cost to move into the old county fire station was less than $6,000, she said.

Road Department surplus

Road supervisor Bo Wilson received unanimous approval from the court to surplus a tow truck, gooseneck trailer and other equipment for a sealed bid auction. Earlier, Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel got the court’s unanimous go-ahead to add two gooseneck trailers to the surplus sale. Judge-Executive John Coyle congratulated Wilson for his recent certification that qualifies him to be road supervisor, and the court unanimously approved a change in his job description as road supervisor/acting department head. Incoming Judge-Executive James Kay will have the option to keep Wilson in his present duties or hire a new road engineer.

Opening laughs

Coyle opened the meeting by noting that it was the first time his wife of more than 42 years, Mary Don Coyle, attended a fiscal court meeting since he became judge-executive. He said her good counsel, and that of George, had been essential, then said, “I love you.”

George, a friend and friendly sparring partner of Coyle’s, asked Coyle whether he was addressing Mary Don or himself.

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