Council honors Edelen, Graviss
The Versailles City Council Tuesday honored two public servants leaving office at the end of the year with warm words and unanimous resolutions. The first was Debby Edelen, a member of the Woodford County Board of Education for the last 12 years who didn’t run for reelection. Mayor Brian Traugott praised her “exemplary service” and said she’d been a tremendous asset to the community. Councilmember Laura Dake said she and Edelen have been friends for two decades, and that Edelen has a passion for making things better for all children. State Rep. Joe Graviss, who was defeated in his bid for the state 7th Senate District seat, was also praised by the council. Traugott said Graviss was always accessible and had a long history of public service. Councilmember Ken Kerkhoff praised his charitable work and said Graviss was a founder of The Woodford Fund. Other council members chimed in, too, and Graviss said he wasn’t saying goodbye, but rather, “See you later.” Investment policy The council unanimously passed an ordinance repealing sections of ordinances involving the city’s investment policies and a municipal order adopting new policies. At the Nov. 17 council meeting, Traugott said the measure would reflect changes in state law and allow the city more investment options. After that, he worked with Dake to clear up language in the ordinance and municipal order. First readings The council heard a lengthy list of first readings aimed at cleaning up outdated or imprecise city ordinances, several of which deal with city cemeteries. Ordinance 2020-38 would change the title of the city employee enforcing cemetery ordinances from cemetery keeper to cemetery superintendent. Ordinance 2020-39 would amend language to further describe monuments subject to removal from city cemeteries. Ordinance 2020-40 would amend language describing traffic prohibited in city cemeteries. Ordinance 2020-41 would permit service dogs in city cemeteries. Ordinance 2020-42 would increase the percentage of fees for graves and burials to be deposited in the cemetery fund. Ordinance 2020-44 would remove the requirement that the city enforcement officer publish a schedule for garbage collection. Ordinance 2020-45 would add paint and remodeling waste to the list of items excluded from garbage collection. Ordinance 2020-46 would correct a clerical error and repeal a section of an ordinance regarding payment of franchise fees by customers who opt out of garbage service. Ordinance 2020-47 would revise the charge for garbage collection, add frequency of collections as a factor in determine fees for commercial customers and repeal a section dealing with fines for nonpayment. Ordinance 2020-48 would amend ordinances dealing with the maximum length of grass, reducing it from 12 inches to 10 inches, and set a maximum of five inches for stormwater detention facilities. Ordinance 2020-49 would amend ordinances dealing with reflective cones or barricades to mark the obstruction of streets or sidewalks. Ordinance 2020-50 would authorize the city council to establish a program for sidewalk construction and maintenance. Ordinance 2020-51 would amend sections describing places where signs can’t be posted. Ordinance 2020-52 would amend language requiring repair and maintenance of drainage features and penalties for noncompliance. Ordinance 2020-56 would repeal sections regarding “the general offenses of rock throwing (and) possession of alcoholic beverages at restaurants and assemblies.” Ordinance 2020-57 would authorize the public works director or designee to make additional adjustments to sewer bills not to exceed $300 in a 12-month period. COVID relief update Traugott said the Nov. 27 report from Bluegrass Community Action, which administers the city’s COVID relief efforts for individuals, showed that six households and a total of 15 residents received a total of $2,638 in the previous two weeks. Traugott said thus far, the agency has distributed a total of $25,783 to help people pay for such things as delinquent rent and utility bills. Appointments The council unanimously supported Traugott’s nominations of Cathy Weil for another three-year term on the Code Enforcement Board and Matt Myers for another two-year term on the Architectural Review Board. Bids The council unanimously passed two motions regarding Public Works Director Bar Miller’s request to rebid water and wastewater treatment chemicals. The first motion allows Miller to reject the first set of bids; the second will allow him to rebid. The council also unanimously passed a motion allowing Capt. Brandon Brown, the city’s acting fire chief, to get quotes for 11 sets of air packs and cylinders.