• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Court holds off on new garbage contract

Woodford Fiscal Court discussed two proposals from the county’s garbage and recycling service contractor Tuesday, including one that would make recycling pickup every other week. The offers are from Rumpke and would extend its contract with the county for two years, from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022. Magistrates were given a letter from Sherry McDaniel, the county’s Solid Waste and Recycling director, that described the offer and included her recommendation that the court go with option two, which would make recycling pickup every other week, but include a lesser price hike than option one – from $12.95 per month to $14.25 per month. It also includes a larger recycling cart – 65 gallons, rather than the current 18. McDaniel wrote that it was the model that the City of Versailles used. Option one keeps weekly recycling pickup, but includes a $2 monthly price hike. Each offer cuts the price of trash can rentals from $3.75 to $2.25 per month. Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8) made a motion to accept option two and Magistrate Matt Merrill (Dist. 3) seconded it. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said the every-other-week recycling plan the City of Versailles recently adopted with Rumpke is a problem for many city residents, some of whom produce more recycling materials than trash. Judge-Executive James Kay noted that the motion on the table had to do with option two, but allowed the conversation to continue. He said he was a city resident and his family is one of those producing more recycling than trash. Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) reminded the court that with the $1.50 cut in the trash can rental fee, option one would be a net 50 cent monthly increase.  Brown said he didn’t mind withdrawing his motion and did so. Merrill withdrew his second, and the court agreed to revisit the matter. In a related move, the court unanimously approved a three-year extension with Central Kentucky Hauling for dumpster service taking effect Jan. 1 that was recommended by McDaniel. The monthly rates for 40 cubic-yard open top containers will be $355, up from $338, and the rate for 42 cubic-yard closed top containers will be $205, up from $195. The monthly rate of $450 for 5.5-cubic yard compactors will remain the same. Early voting The court unanimously approved a motion needed to open the courthouse for early in-person voting the next three Saturdays. Paid parental leave The court unanimously approved a plan that will give up to six weeks paid parental leave to county employees who are having a baby or adopting or fostering a child. Eligible employees must be employed for at least 12 consecutive months, have worked at least 1,250 hours and be a full- or part-time regular employee. Temporary employees and interns are not eligible.  Big Spring Park The court unanimously voted to contribute its 55 percent share of the $24,500 estimated cost to hire a contractor to remove invasive plant species in Big Spring Park. (At last week’s Versailles City Council meeting, the council voted to pay the city’s 45 percent share required under the interlocal agreement between the governing the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Department.) Kay said the move was recommended by the court’s Maintenance and Facilities Committee, which met earlier and also discussed work needed on Community Stadium’s restrooms, concession stand and press box. Kay said the committee was working on short and long-term plans to address the problems. Treasurer’s report The court unanimously accepted the quarterly financial report for the county. Treasurer Sabra Garmon said payroll taxes are down about as much as projected – 25 percent. Appointments The court unanimously approved a suggestion by Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Director Pattie Wilson that Robert Richardson be appointed to the commission’s Agricultural Advisory Review Committee. He will serve the remaining term of Lindy Huber. Kay’s nominations of Floyd Raglin, Hoppy Henton and Lori Garkovich, all farmers, to the Rural Land Board were also unanimously approved. Kay said all of the board’s terms had lapsed and that there were 11 vacancies. Garkovich may brief the court on federal grant opportunities, he said. Rabbits and squirrels At the end of the meeting, Gill praised Animal Control Director Susan Jones for finding an animal rescue group to remove dozens of domesticated rabbits in Rose Ridge subdivision. (The rabbit problem began when people released a few pet rabbits, or the rabbits escaped, and one thing led to another.) Jones told the Sun that Bun Bun Brigade of Elizabethtown caught 29 of them, which became 41. Jones said she and her staff caught six. Shortly after, George also thanked Jones and joked that he wished she could do something about squirrels, too. Magistrate Kelly Carl (Dist. 4) said, “Hey, watch the squirrels, Alan!” Carl is married to former Woodford Sheriff and U.S. Marshall Loren “Squirrel” Carl.

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