Council approves code enforcement position, nuisance mowing
During a special meeting Wednesday, June 24, the Versailles City Council voted unanimously to create the position of code enforcement officer and, in a related development, hire Watkins Professional Lawns for nuisance mowing. The city has begun to crack down on nuisance properties; brief details of two suits filed by the city against property owners are in the public records portion of this week’s Sun. Watkins Professional Lawns, of Versailles, will be paid fees ranging from $185 (less than a half-acre) to $375 (greater than one acre) for the next 18 months. Councilmember Laura Dake asked if the fees included weed-eating and Traugott said yes, adding that the company will only be called to mow lawns with grass 12 inches or higher. Appointments The council voted unanimously to confirm Traugott’s appointment of Anna Beth Bobbitt for a four-year term on the Woodford Economic Development Authority. Traugott said Bobbitt is a former project manager for the state Cabinet for Economic Development and is presently a client relations director for Traditional Bank. His nomination of Dake to be the city’s council representative on the Woodford Parks Foundation passed 5 to 0, with Dake abstaining. Dake helped form the Friends of Big Spring Park group and, in 2018, persuaded the foundation to set up a restricted fund for Big Spring Park. Audit The council voted unanimously to approve a $29,500 contract with the Lexington accounting firm RFH, PLLC for an audit of fiscal year 2019. Carol Barr The council voted unanimously for a resolution honoring Carol Barr, the late wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr who passed away June 16 at the age of 39. Traugott called her a “wonderfully nice lady.” Carol Barr, the mother of two, died of natural causes related to a heart condition.