• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Council approves Midway Station encroachment permits

In a 15-minute meeting Monday, the Midway City Council unanimously approved two encroachment permits at Midway Station, clearing part of the path for a business that will bring 22 jobs.

Tony Barrett of Barrett Partners, Inc. said he represented a manufacturer that will close on a lot at the industrial park in a month or so.

Before the vote, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift asked Barrett if the developer (Dennis Anderson) was aware that he or the business buying the land must pay the associated costs. Barrett said yes. Until the closing, the EDA owns the property, but Anderson has an option to sell land at Midway Station and, in return, pays the interest on the outstanding debt there.

Encroachment permits were approved 6 to 0 for entrances on Bradley Street and McKinney Avenue, with Barrett saying another such request would be made later on McKinney Avenue.

After the meeting, Vandegrift said he didn’t want to disclose the buyer, but in response to a question, said it was not a company in the automotive industry.

Chili cook-off

Steve Morgan of the Midway Business Association (MBA) appeared before the council to discuss the Saturday, Nov. 17, chili cook-off that will benefit the Midway Ministerial Area Association. His request that the council declare the noon-3 p.m. downtown gathering a civic event, so that people can consume beverages from an Alltech beer trailer, passed 6 to 0.

Cook-off entrants will be located along downtown sidewalks and are asked to bring their own small table, chair and ladle, Morgan said. The MBA will provide sampling cups, spoons and napkins. Morgan said he believes about 20 people will enter the contest, which will be decided by votes from the samplers. Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher said several entrants ran out of chili before last year’s contestant ended, and Morgan recommended contestants bring a 6-quart container of chili.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 11, and people can do so by emailing Morgan at morganstv01@gmail.com or calling 552-1377.

Getting out the vote – for grants

Council Member Sara Hicks reminded attendees that a grant proposal for Walter Bradley Jr. Park is one of seven that will be voted on at Midway University Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program is the culmination of the “On The Table” series of public meetings organized by the Woodford County Community Fund.

She also praised Council Member Johnny Wilson for putting together an extensive list of fallen and damaged gravestones at Midway Cemetery. Appointment Vandegrift’s nomination of Phil Keppler to serve a third term on the Architectural Review Board was unanimously approved.

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