• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editro

Court agrees to pay more for Huntertown Road sidewalk

Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday to pay an unspecified amount of additional dollars for the county’s share of the local 80-20 split on the long-delayed Huntertown Road sidewalk. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7), who’s spearheaded the project, said the move was necessary after initial bids for the project were rejected because they were too high and project engineers submitted a new, higher estimate to the state. The county will pay a little more than 10 percent of the cost of the sidewalk and the City of Versailles a little less than 10 percent, she said, with the federal government picking up the rest of the tab. In response to a question from Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) about how much more the project could cost, Gill said she didn’t want to give that information to potential bidders. She said she was confident the Versailles City Council was still on board with the project, and expected the council to affirm that soon. In another Huntertown-related development, Sioux Finney received the court’s permission to display the mobile Huntertown community history project in county buildings – beginning in the courthouse. Zoning The court unanimously approved a zoning map amendment for Curry’s Place View as recommended by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission. The amendment rezones 1.435 acres at 1011 Curry Place Drive from RR (rural residential) to residual farmland district and an equal amount of land from residual farmland to RR. The court also heard first reading of an ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission to rezone 1.193 acres of the Grandview property at 2579 Cummins Ferry Road from A-1 (agricultural) to A-4 (small community). Metronet The court unanimously approved a resolution accepting a five-year non-exclusive cable television franchise agreement with Metronet. The company will use fiber optic cable to offer television and high speed internet. New EMS headquarters The court heard first reading of an ordinance approving a lease for the new $876,400 EMS headquarters on Big Sink Pike. The document establishes the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Leasing Trust as the program administrator under the lease. Emergency Management Emergency Management (EM) Director Drew Chandler received the court’s unanimous approval to seek a share of the $3 million in federal emergency funds appropriated for the state. Chandler said the county would receive a maximum of $30,880.17. Chandler said the funds have been used to pay the salaries of EM employees, who are all part-time. Jack Jouett Susan Hughes, the executive director of the Jack Jouett House, told the court that the nearby Woodford Club’s renovations would include renaming its bar as “The Jouett Tavern” or the “Jack Jouett Tavern.” Animal Control Animal Control Director Susan Jones received the court’s unanimous blessing to purchase a 2020 Dodge Durango from Freedom Dodge of Lexington for the state government price of $26,922. Jones said $30,000 had been budgeted for a new vehicle. Holiday news The court unanimously approved a 2020 holiday list for county employees that Judge-Executive James Kay said was the same as this year’s. The list of 13 paid days off includes one for birthdays, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The court also unanimously approved paying $1,300 to SUS #1 – better known as the Versailles Food Mart across from the Versailles Fire Department – to provide food for the Dec. 13 county employee holiday dinner. Baked turkey, smoked turkey and sugar-cured ham are among the offerings. The court also unanimously approved a motion moving the Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving) payday up a day.


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