• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Court pays bills, reviews 2019 accomplishments


Woodford Fiscal Court held its traditional brief final meeting of the year Friday, Dec. 27, which was concluded by Judge-Executive James Kay reading from a list of the court’s accomplishments in 2019 he’d prepared by reviewing the agendas of each meeting. Kay’s three nominations to boards passed 6 to 0: J.D. Woods for a two-year reappointment to the Architectural Review Advisory Board and Carl Rollins and Elizabeth Pitchford for three-year terms on the County Extension District Board. Magistrates Larry Blackford (Dist. 6) and Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) were absent. The court also unanimously approved an amended shelter use agreement with the American Red Cross. Closing remarks Magistrate William Downey (Dist. 5) told the court the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Board had sent out a RFP (request for proposal) for an architectural design for Big Spring Park. He said the deck on the back side of the Woodford County Library’s main branch overlooking the park should be finished in a couple of months. Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) told the court he’d recovered from a “little spell” (an appendectomy the previous weekend) and suggested that Magistrate Matt Merrill (Dist. 3), whom he sits next to, “watch out for the other guy” when he’s riding his motorcycle. Kay got a laugh when he told Watts he looked skinnier without his appendix. Kay wrapped up the meeting by reading from a list of several dozen of the court’s accomplishments in 2019. Among those were a Feb. 7 town hall meeting at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System headquarters with members of the other two local governments, adding a street light at the intersection of Paynes Mill Road and U.S. 60, and the beginning of work on the new EMS Station 1 on Big Sink Pike. Making reference to a political slogan he uttered from time to time after taking office at the beginning of the year, Kay smiled and said, “It’s still a new day in Woodford County.”

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