• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court agrees to forgo Theatre ticket payments

Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the Woodford Theatre to keep the dollar per ticket it’s been paying for use of the facility inside the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center. The agreement is part of a new, four-year lease beginning July 1, and will allow the Woodford Theatre to put funds it would have paid the county towards its’ new capital project. The agreement allows the county to review the payments at the end of each fiscal year, “and may require and reinstate said payment in the event of an economic downturn or financial difficulty upon the part of the Landlord (the county).” Huntertown Oral History project Retired teacher Sioux Finney and Donald Morton presented a program about the Huntertown Community Oral History Interpretive Project during the “Good of the County” portion of the meeting. Last November, the project was awarded a $2,300 grant by the Woodford County Community Fund to document the history of Huntertown, an African-American “free town” that began as a hamlet after the Civil War. (Finney’s letter to the editor about the project was published in the March 14 Sun.) Finney told the court about the project, which included an unsuccessful grant application by the court in 2012 and a presentation by her students to the court in May 2016. Findings thus far include details about the Huntertown Sluggers, which played other area black teams; learning that 100 students attended the Huntertown Colored School in 1901; and scanned deeds showing property purchases by blacks. “It was in existence for way over 100 years, and we want to design a traveling display that will be able to go around to different churches, schools, different community events, to try to say, ‘This is what Huntertown was, and this is our dream for what this park can be,” Finney said. “If we do this in Huntertown, it will develop into something beautiful for the community – not just minorities or whoever, but for the whole community,” Morton said. Earlier in the meeting, Road Supervisor Bo Wilson said that workers from his department had found and filled in five septic tanks in the area, which will one day be a park. Municipal Road Aid The court unanimously approved a motion for Judge-Executive James Kay to sign the annual Municipal Road Agreement with the state that will send $149,322.61 to the county for use in urban areas of the county. New tennis courts The court gave unanimous approval for the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Department to apply for grants to build new tennis courts at the County Park. A note from Parks Director Rich Pictor said his department will seek grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and United States Tennis Association (USTA). The LWCF application will require a resolution from the City of Versailles and Woodford Fiscal Court stating a commitment to fund up to 50 percent of the cost. The USTA grant will require a letter from each body committing to fund costs not covered by the USTA grant or other sources. According to the resolution, the project is estimated to cost $540,000. New siren Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said the new outdoor warning siren for the Versailles Industrial Park arrived Monday. It was installed Wednesday by Road Department employees, with the help of a boom truck belonging to Ruggles Sign. Jack Jouett House The court unanimously approved paying Allrite $146 for annual termite removal work at the Jack Jouett House. Coyle tree County Attorney Alan George reminded the court of Friday’s 4 p.m. ceremony at the Food Pantry for Woodford County to honor the late Judge-Executive John Coyle, who died last November. George said he didn’t know much about the type of oak tree planted there in Coyle’s honor (a Chinkapin), but thought it was fitting that a “big, strong” tree would stand for his fallen friend.

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