• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Court signs off on softball facility deal

Woodford Fiscal Court unanimously approved an amended lease agreement

Tuesday with Kentucky Youth Softball, Inc. (KYS) that will allow the

nonprofit to sign a new leasehold mortgage for its indoor softball

complex at the county park.

Assistant County Attorney Phyllis Mattingly and KYS’s attorney, Woodford

County native Cassie Barnes, were praised for their work on the lease,

which requires the group to pay filing fees and other costs for its new

deal with Citizens Commerce Bank. Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1)

said, in response to a question from Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8)

during an earlier committee meeting, that language in the original lease

stating the county is not responsible for facility maintenance remains.

The court also unanimously approved a one-year extension of its dollar

per year lease of the Millville Community Center to the Millville

Community Organization and a one-year extension of Alex Cheak’s lease of

an abandoned property at 265 Lower Clifton Road. The latter deal allows

Cheak to park his vehicles on the land in exchange for maintaining it.

Milner Road speed limit

The court held a first reading for an ordinance that will make 25 mph

the official speed limit for Milner Road. Currently, there’s only an

advisory speed limit there.

Inmate medical care

The court unanimously approved a request by Jailer Michele Rankin to

extend the Woodford County Detention Center’s contract with Versailles

Family Medicine, which began providing health care for inmates in

February 2020 for $13,000 a month. The new deal costs $15,000 monthly

and includes a guarantee of at least four hours per week of “midlevel”

provider service at the jail, a provision needed because of the increase

in the number of federal prisoners, Rankin told the Sun.

Budget schedule

Judge-Executive James Kay told magistrates he would email his proposed

budget to them before May 1 and that the Committee of the Whole would

review it before the court’s regularly scheduled May 22 meeting. The

court will also hold a special called budget meeting Tuesday, May 18,

before the court’s regular meeting that evening, he said.

Fiscal 2022 begins July 1.

Prom

The court unanimously approved the use of courthouse restrooms and

electricity on May 15 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the Woodford County High

School prom, which is currently set to be held in the courthouse square.

Fuels, fluids

The court unanimously approved the purchase of dozens of fluids for the

Road Department from sole bidder Woodford Oil. The list includes motor

oil, transmission fluid, grease, antifreeze and other materials needed

for the department’s vehicles.

Closing words

Kay closed the meeting by wishing horses with a Woodford County

connection good luck in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, then pivoted to

discuss the “race to get vaccinated.” Recent stats show Woodford County

leading the state and Kentucky leading the nation in the percentage of

vaccinated people, and Kay said he hoped the county could stay on top.

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