Midway Council okays entertainment destination ordinance
The Midway City Council approved a second reading Tuesday of an ordinance establishing an Entertainment Destination Center (EDC) in downtown Midway. With the council’s action, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said Midway should have its EDC established Friday, Oct. 4, (the day Keeneland’s fall meet begins). He said signs are being purchased to identify the boundaries of the EDC. The topic of plastic cups identifying the establishment where someone has purchased an alcoholic drink that’s in his or her possession while in the EDC was again discussed. Vandegrift noted that every business licensed to sell alcohol must file for a permit from the City of Midway and identify that business on its cups. “I suspect they’re going to want to do different things (to identify their businesses). I’m fine with that,” said Vandegrift. “All we need is something identifying who sold the alcohol.” He noted that the city ordinance includes language that gives him the authority to suspend the establishment of its EDC through executive order. The issue would then come back to the council for further discussion if a problem arises, but he doesn’t anticipate that happening, he added. Tax rates The council unanimously approved second readings of ordinances setting real and personal property tax rates. A tax rate of 7 cents per $100 of assessed real property (as of Jan. 1, 2019) is about 7 percent lower than last year, but will generate the same revenue – roughly $82,000, Vandegrift told council. A tax rate of 7.5 cents per $100 of assessed value for personal property (motor vehicle and watercraft) is the same rate as a year ago, the mayor said. Street project Vandegrift informed council members that there have been no major problems with Midway’s street project, and paving work should begin next week. He did note that a mis-marked natural gas line was struck, but the issue was quickly fixed by Columbia Gas. Water rates The city will absorb a recent rate hike by Kentucky American Water Company, and hopes to do so in the future, Vandegrift told the council. He cited the city’s water fund of $34,000 as a cushion that should allow the city to avoid passing along rate hikes to its citizens. Council Member Logan Nance suggested the city explore the possibility of doing away with a policy related to shutting off someone’s water when they fail to pay their bill. “I think shutting off someone’s utilities is draconian,” he said. Vandegrift said he would not oppose exploring that option. Tourist commission The council unanimously approved the appointment of Courtny Neikirk to the Woodford Tourist Commission. Cynthia Bohn had to step down as Midway’s appointee on the commission because of time constraints, Vandegrift informed the council. Run/walk fundraiser The council approved an application to allow a run/walk fundraiser in Midway Saturday, Nov. 9. The fundraiser will benefit Midway Renaissance, with the race beginning and ending at the Walter Bradley Park, the council was told.