• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Planning Commission amends budget in wake of pandemic

An amended budget was approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission June 11. The revised budget tightens expenses by eliminating raises for the commission’s staff, which follows the same action taken by the county and city governments because of the downturn in the economy, Planning Director Pattie Wilson explained. “So we gladly adjusted that” to comply with what the three local governing bodies are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she added. The amended $517,232 budget is about $6,800 less than the budget approved in February, which included raises for staff, Wilson said. She also informed the commission that the cost of renting office space in the courthouse will climb from $80 to $400 a month. Woodford Fiscal Court has not increased rent for the commission since she became director 20-plus years ago, Wilson said. Building inspector Wilson told the commission that building inspector Josh Stevens has received preliminary approval from the state Division of Building and Housing for expanded jurisdiction so he can do inspections of larger buildings. She noted that inspections of hospitals and schools are always done by the state. After the commission approves expanded jurisdiction for Stevens, the cities of Midway and Versailles and Woodford Fiscal Court must give their approvals by resolutions, Wilson said.

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