Versailles council moves on garbage rate cut for seniors
The Versailles City Council held a first reading Tuesday on an ordinance that could lead to the city paying $2 of the monthly garbage collection bill for senior citizens. After the meeting, Mayor Brian Traugott said the ordinance and related municipal order, which would receive a vote at the council’s Aug. 18 meeting, would apply to those 65 and older. The move follows a new garbage and recycling contract with Rumpke approved last month that will raise rates by $3.85 per month, beginning Sept. 1. At the council’s July 7 meeting, Public Works Director Bart Miller said the city’s present contractor, Central Kentucky Hauling, and its predecessor, Legacy Carting, had raised rates by just 45 cents in eight years. Speed signs The council voted unanimously to purchase four “speed feedback signs” from Lightle Enterprises of Ohio for $3,080 apiece, for a total cost, including shipping and installation, of less than $16,000, according to Public Safety Chair Fred Siegelman. Police Chief Mike Murray said he checked with Lexington traffic officials, who gave the signs good reviews. Two of the signs, which are used to show approaching motorists their speed and collect a wide variety of traffic data, will be immediately installed on Montgomery Avenue, Murray said. Asked by Councilmember Ken Kerkhoff whether the purchase was budgeted, Murray said the department’s assets forfeiture fund would be used to pay for the signs. Traugott said there was money budgeted in the city’s general fund for traffic data collection. After making the motion to buy the signs, Kerkhoff joked that it would be ironic if he was the first ticketed after the signs are installed. The signs are designed to slow traffic by letting motorists know when they’re speeding, but the information recorded will not be used to issue traffic citations. Economic Development As the Midway City Council did the evening before, the council voted unanimously to hire Lucas Witt of Fortune Solutions of Lexington to serve as executive director for the Woodford Economic Development Authority for the next six months. Under the deal, which Traugott said he believed Woodford Fiscal Court would vote on next week, Witt’s company, Fortune Solutions, will be paid $2,100 a month by the City of Versailles, $1,050 by the City of Midway, and $1,600 by Woodford County. Witt is a former employee of the state Cabinet for Economic Development. “Knox Boxes” The council held off on two proposals by Acting Fire Chief Brandon Brown that were approved earlier by the Public Safety Committee. One would require owners of new buildings to purchase and install “knox boxes,” which would allow firefighters to enter a building after hours without having to break a door or window. Siegelman said the boxes would cost between $400 and $500, but could result in thousands of dollars in savings. Brown said the boxes would be required for new commercial – not residential – buildings. Brown also suggested the council sign a contract with IRST of Shelbyville that would let the fire department recover some of the costs incurred when it responds to a vehicle accident. He said he was waiting to find out what percentage the company would take, and no action was taken. Shuck honored The council voted unanimously to rename the city’s fire training center on Huntertown Road for longtime Versailles Fire Chief Frankie Shuck, who passed away last year.