• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court honors local soldier

Woodford Fiscal Court began and ended its meeting Tuesday by honoring the 60 servicemen and women with Central Kentucky connections who Judge-Executive James Kay said would be deploying to the Middle East soon.

One of those, Capt. Curtis Lowe, an operations officer with the Kentucky National Guard, was on hand. He and his wife Rebecca, a Woodford County native, live in the county. Kay said he and Magistrate William Downey (Dist. 5) attended the University of Kentucky with Lowe, who received a healthy round of applause from the court and attendees.

“Curtis is a pretty good guy, but he’s got an even better half …” Kay said, referring to Rebecca and their young daughter Emma. Kay said Emma and Rebecca were both at home with the flu that evening, and Lowe got a good laugh when he remarked, “I don’t have it.”

The meeting was also adjourned in honor of Lowe and his fellow servicemen and women.

Board of Health

Fiscal Court could soon have three representatives on the Woodford County Board of Health. Kay will take the position of chairman he inherited from his predecessor, the late Judge-Executive John Coyle. Magistrate Kelly Carl (Dist. 4) received the court’s unanimous vote to take a seat, and Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) will serve, with state approval, as the board’s registered nurse. Gill has been a critical care nurse for 41 years.

Kay got a chuckle when he noted that his wife, Cara, is the chief financial officer of the Fayette County Board of Health and “educates him daily” about her work.

EDA

Economic Development Authority Chairman John Soper briefed the court on developments at Midway Station (see story on this page). Regarding the $2,477,000 still owed by the county and City of Midway for the industrial park, Soper said, “I feel the burden of the debt, and I want to deal with the debt. But I want to deal with it in a way, and our board does, that we can get clients in there that suit the community and bring jobs and payroll taxes, and that’s the way we’ll do it.”

Later in the meeting, the court unanimously approved its share of Soper’s contract as economic development consultant for the two cities and county. The county’s portion of Soper’s $5,720 monthly pay, which does not include benefits, is $2,002. The two city councils are expected to follow suit.

Huntertown Road sidewalk

Gill said right of way documents for the Huntertown Road sidewalk project are ready and a construction plan has been sent to the state Transportation Cabinet for review. If the state signs off on the plan, the federal government could take two to eight weeks to approve it, after which it will be put out for bid. She said she’s praying the project will be finished by June.

In other road-related matters, Magistrate C.L. Watts said the bridge on Steele Road recently downgraded by the state for weight limits is being worked on, and “relief” is possible by mid-summer. Also, in closing remarks, Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) said he’d sent a letter to the state Transportation Cabinet asking for street lighting in the Paynes Mill and Lexington Road area.

Financial report

Treasurer Sabra Garman told the court the long-awaited goal of having $7 million in the bank has been reached – and exceeded. The balance is now $8,413,798.57. Kay commended Garman for her fiscal responsibility and work on the budgets for the sheriff and county clerk. Later in the meeting, County Attorney Alan George reminded the court that Garman’s four-year term ends June 30 and that she or another person must be appointed by that date. George joked that he’d picked a good night to bring the matter up.

Air check

The court unanimously approved a plan to pay $1,526.75 to Applegate Inspection Services of Lexington to test the air quality in the courthouse.

Health insurance

The court unanimously approved AssuredPartners of Lexington as its health insurance brokerage firm. Earlier in the day, the court’s Contract and Leases Committee signed off on the deal.

Live-streaming

Kay told the court that after technical problems with the live-stream of their last meeting, Studio46 Media of Lexington was handling the responsibilities for the meeting at no charge. Whether the company will continue to do so is unclear, but Kay said all court, committee and training meetings will be live-streamed.

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