Soper: More Than A Bakery to hire 35 more
The Versailles City Council heard good news from economic development advisor John Soper about More Than A Baker’s plans to hire 35 additional workers.
Soper, who is also chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, told the council the company will increase its total investment from $57.1 million to $77.1 million, full-time jobs from 310 to 345, and average hourly compensation from $22 to $24 per hour.
Soper asked the council to modify a resolution passed in 2016 that allows the company to keep .5 percent of the 1.5 percent payroll tax paid to the city for a period of 10 years. The council unanimously passed a verbal resolution to that effect to allow Soper to pass on the council’s intent to Woodford Fiscal Court next week.
If the council passes an official resolution, which Mayor Brian Traugott said it would likely do at its next meeting, the 10-year payroll tax break, which is contingent on meeting hiring goals, could begin in March 2020.
Soper also informed the council that the company told him a first shift packer begins at $14 per hour and a second shift packer at $15.14.
The company will also seek to modify already-approved state incentives, Soper said.
The council held a first reading on an ordinance approving the sale of up to $6.12 million in revenue bonds for extensive renovations at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System headquarters. The council had a special meeting on Oct. 25 to hold a first reading on the ordinance, but bond attorney Stan Kramer told the council that language involving 10 percent increases or decreases needed to be changed to “not to exceed,” thus requiring a new first reading.
Kramer said the target date for closing on the bonds had been pushed back to the end of the year, which will preserve bond capacity for the new police station.
Raw water intake change orders
The council approved four different change orders to the raw water main replacement project, one involving sinkholes and another an air pocket discovered while digging. The net change to the project cost will increase its cost from $998,350 to $1,105,872.49. A Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grant of $923,000 is paying for the bulk of the project.
Wastewater treatment plant change orders
The council unanimously approved two change orders to the final phase of the city’s sanitary sewer system improvement project that will add $8,321.34 to GRW’s contract, which now totals $2,225,685.34.
Storm damage, snow plow bids
Low bids of $15,300 to Lexington Tree Service for removal of trees on city property and $6,399 to Municipal Equipment of Louisville for a new snow plow passed unanimously.
At the start of the meeting, Traugott read a proclamation proclaiming November to be National Adoption month in Versailles. His young adopted son, Liam, joined Traugott, his wife, Laini, and the council for a photo.
Praise for Journey Church
After Journey Church discipleship pastor Tony Hardin provided the invocation, Traugott praised him and the group of volunteers whose
Oct. 21 “Serve the City” program saw 108 people do a wide variety of work on behalf of the city. Volunteers raised the lobby ceiling in the Versailles Municipal Building, painted the council chambers, and spruced up the Versailles Cemetery and the city’s welcome signs.