• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Court approves financing for EMS Station 1

Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday to sign a five-year deal with Kentucky Bank to finance the $876,400 cost of a new EMS Station 1 on Big Sink Pike. The terms of the deal include a 20 percent down payment and monthly payments of $12,289.07. Kentucky Bank’s offer was the consensus choice of the four alternatives considered by the court’s Maintenance and Facilities Committee, according to Treasurer Sabra Garman. A motion to approve an agreement with architect Jim Burris of Lexington for $85 an hour to design the building, which Judge-Executive James Kay said was much less than the going rate for such work, also passed unanimously, as did a motion to allow Kay to sign all necessary documents. Another motion to pay $11,663 to L.E. Gregg and Associates of Lexington to perform geothermal and other inspections at the station also passed unanimously. Earlier in the meeting, EMS Director Freeman Bailey complimented Road Department workers for the “fantastic job” they did demolishing the building. Bailey said earlier that day, they took out the concrete footers, allowing Marillia Design and Construction to begin work the following day if they chose to. Delaney Ferry Road speed limit Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) told the court the Road Committee he chairs will ask County Attorney Alan George to draft an ordinance lowering the speed limit on Delaney Ferry Road between Kentucky 33 and Kentucky 169 from 50 to 35 mph. Brown said several dogs had recently been hit by vehicles and a few people were nearly injured in the area, too. Weisenberger Mill Road traffic Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) told the court the Roads Committee will also ask George to draft an ordinance designed to keep large, commercial vehicles off Weisenberger Mill and Paynes Depot roads. Too many of those vehicles still have to turn around at Weisenberger Mill Bridge, which was recently removed and has been closed for more than three years, he said. Kay said he hoped Scott County would follow suit. Energy efficiency Kay said he’d recently attended a governor’s local issues conference, at which he learned the county had been awarded an energy efficiency and conservation grant of nearly $85,000. The funds will help pay for energy efficiency measures the county will soon undertake. He said Woodford was one of four counties in the state given such grants, and complimented Maintenance Director Rick Wade for helping him understand energy usage issues in county facilities. Keep the Bluegrass Beautiful Magistrate William Downey (Dist. 5) has been an advocate for improvements to Big Spring Park and is a member of the Friends of Big Spring Park group that meets regularly. He said he’d met recently with the mayors of Versailles and Midway and that they agreed to take part in the “Keep the Bluegrass Beautiful” initiative program sponsored by Bluegrass Greensource. A motion for Woodford Fiscal Court to contribute $167 passed unanimously. The city councils will do the same, Downey said. Downey said Friends of Big Spring Park recently received a grant for cigarette litter abatement, and that the initiative will help the county qualify for grants, too. In May, during an Earth Day event, Downey picked up 274 cigarette butts at Big Spring Park in three hours. Extension District tax rates The court voted unanimously to accept property tax rates submitted by the Woodford County Extension District of 1.744 cents per $100 dollars of assessed value for real estate, 1.744 cents for personal property and 1.5 cents for motor vehicles and watercrafts. The rates are the same as last year. Emergency Management EM Director Drew Chandler received the court’s unanimous go-ahead to seek performance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of $9,000 for a mass notification system and $1,400 for a new office computer. Chandler also saluted Deputy Russ Crabtree for his recently-awarded Certified Emergency Management credentials. Crabtree is just the 14th in the state and the third in Chandler’s office to receive that distinction, with the fourth, Emily Coleman, “well on her way,” according to Chandler. Sheriff’s vehicle to Animal Control Sheriff Johnny Wilhoit received the court’s unanimous blessing to declare a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe as surplus material and donate it to the Animal Control Department. Harold Carmickle Kay opened the meeting by asking for a moment of silence for the late Harold Carmickle, a former magistrate and chair of both the Woodford County Conservation District and Woodford County Fire Boards. Kay said Carmickle was a great example of local leadership. At the end of the meeting, George also saluted Carmickle, saying, “We’re all the better for his public service in Woodford County.”

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