Court lowers speed limit on Delaney Ferry Road
Woodford Fiscal Court voted 7 to 0 Tuesday to lower the speed limit on a 1.9 mile stretch of Delaney Ferry Road from 50 to 35 mph. Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) did not vote, as he was sitting in for Judge-Executive James Kay. Kay had a good reason to be absent: a few hours earlier, he and his wife Cara celebrated the birth of their third child (and first daughter): Isla James Kay. Before the vote, Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8), who chairs the Road Committee, said the change on the portion of road between KY 33 and KY 169 would add one minute of driving time. After the meeting, a man whose family lives in the area said he’d showed up to support the lowered limit, and applauded the court’s action. At the court’s last meeting, Brown said several dogs had been hit by vehicles in the area recently and a few people were nearly injured, too. Weisenberger Mill Road thru traffic A first reading was held for an ordinance designed to keep commercial thru-traffic off Weisenberger Mill and Paynes Depot roads. At the court’s last meeting, Taylor said 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. Many truckers use GPS systems that provide nearly instantaneous notifications. The ordinance would also result in new signs being added at the beginning and end of the road. Lakeshore Learning Materials The court unanimously approved two ordinances dealing with Lakeshore Learning Materials, which recently announced plans to open a second distribution center on land adjacent to Midway Station. The first extends the amount of time the company has to qualify for a .5 percent payroll tax break for meeting its initial hiring goal of 262 workers. The second gives the same break for the company’s plan to hire 100 more workers for the new 500,000 square foot building. Metronet A first reading was held for an ordinance that would establish a five-year, non-exclusive franchise agreement for Metronet to bring cable television and internet service to the county. At the court’s Aug. 27 meeting, Kay cautioned that the deal would not mean that every part of the county would have access to Metronet and that the company would move into unincorporated parts of the county first, then expand. County Attorney Alan George said a resolution and request for bids will follow. D.A.R.E. The first 15 minutes or so of the meeting were devoted to an awards ceremony sponsored by the Woodford D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Board of Directors. Board president Cassie Barnes presented plaques to five long-time participants in the program: founder Loren “Squirrel” Carl, who was sheriff when the program began in 1988; Mark Edwards, Ralph Canter, Wayne “Tiny” Wright, and the late Judge-Executive John Coyle. Coyle’s widow, Mary Don, and his four sons were in attendance. Each received a round of applause. Barnes, who said Carl was her D.A.R.E. teacher, said the community would be forever grateful for their service. Huntertown Road sidewalk Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) had discouraging news for people who’ve been waiting on the Huntertown Road sidewalk project for years. She said the Roads Committee voted to reject all three bids, which were much higher than engineers had estimated. A motion to approve the committee’s action passed 7 to 0. Gill has been pushing for the sidewalk since 2015. Jack Jouett House hemp Susan Hughes, the executive director of the Jack Jouett House, told the court the small plot of hemp grown there this year didn’t fare well, due to the type planted and where it was grown. She said the Woodford County Heritage Commission will pay the licensing fee for a crop again next year, and may ask the court’s permission for a larger, 20 by 20 feet plot. Falling Springs lot Gill saluted Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Rich Pictor for getting the parking lot of the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center and the walking path restriped for $2,000. “We’re very fortunate to have someone who thinks outside the box all the time,” Gill said of Pictor, who wasn’t present. Household Hazardous Waste Solid Waste and Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel said 574 vehicles brought paint and other items to the Sept. 14 Household Hazardous Waste event. She was praised by several magistrates for how smoothly the day went.