• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Court honors veterans; George says yard signs must be taken down

Woodford Fiscal Court’s meeting Tuesday began with Judge-Executive James Kay noting the following day was Veterans Day – then reading a list of several dozen Woodford County natives who’d served their country in uniform. Kay said Magistrates Matt Merrill (Dist. 3) and C.L. Watts (Dist. 2) were veterans, and he read the names of two dozen or so county employees who’d served in the military. He then read a list of veterans’ names compiled by Denise Watts (the wife of C.L. Watts) displayed on banners in downtown Versailles and Midway. He also recognized several Woodford County natives who are on active duty in the military, and saluted the Marine Corps on its 245th birthday. Tourism Commission Kay said there was a vacant seat on the Woodford County Tourism Commission for a member of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and noted that his sister, Emily Downey, who’s also the wife of Magistrate William Downey, is executive director of the commission. (She is also president and CEO of the chamber.) Kay reminded magistrates that the fiscal court has appropriated no money for the commission and that neither he nor Downey have been involved in appointments to it. Kay said the chamber had nominated Christie Eckerline of The Kentucky Castle, then he and Downey recused themselves from the vote and left the Zoom meeting before it was taken. Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1) served as judge-executive pro tem and asked for a vote on Eckerline’s appointment, which passed 6 to 0, with Taylor not voting. Kay and Downey then reentered the meeting. Chiller swap Robert Garlick of Perfection Group, the company hired to install a new heating and cooling system in the courthouse, took part in the meeting to explain an equipment change that will not cost the county money. He said he’d spoken to Maintenance Supervisor Rick Wade about the HVAC system in the original contract with the county, and Wade expressed concerns about its noise. In a letter to Kay, Garlick wrote that a new 80-ton chiller with a hot gas reclaim heat exchanger and hot gas bypass will reclaim heat that’s normally expelled outside, which will lessen the need to run new boilers in mild weather to heat other areas of the building. Kay said the new chiller will not only be quieter inside, but also outside the courthouse. Emergency Management Emergency Management (EM) Director Drew Chandler got the court’s unanimous approval to apply for the state’s annual EM performance grant, which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Chandler said most years, it results in about $30,000 in reimbursements. Announcements Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) thanked county road employees for installing signs for the Huntertown Community Interpretative Park and Magistrate Larry Blackford (Dist. 6) and others for their help cleaning the park. Blackford, without mentioning last week’s election, stressed the importance of leaders being mindful of the words they use. Political signs At the end of the meeting, County Attorney Alan George reminded the court that county law requires political yard signs to be taken down within five days after an election. He said he knew some people were keeping their signs up as a way to celebrate and others as a way to make a political statement, but added, “Please take your signs down.”


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