• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Midway council moves forward on annexation plan


THIS MAP shows the location of the 7.48 acres the city council may decide to annex. A first reading of an ordinance announcing the city’s intent to annex the land, which would bring it into city limits, was held Monday night. (Graphic by Woodford GIS Coordinator Kenneth Johns)

The Midway City Council held a first reading Monday for an ordinance

announcing its intent to annex 7.48 acres of land between the Midway

Corner Grocery and Northridge Estates.

Mike and Ed Bradley of Northside Homes, LLC own the land and want to

build townhouses there. The annexation would bring the land into the

city limits.

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said the council, rather than Woodford Fiscal

Court, should be the body to decide whether to rezone the land and

referred to it as a “strange island” surrounded by land that is in the

city limits. He stressed that council members could support the

annexation without committing to rezoning, and that it would be good for

the city to control the property.

Northside Homes, LLC doesn’t own all the land in the area – lots in the

northwest and southeast portion of it would not be part of the

annexation, though Vandegrift said the owner of the southeast parcel was

interested in “coming in.”

He said the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning

Commission could hold the first rezoning hearing on the matter in Midway

in June. The council can then choose whether to accept its findings or

hold its own rezoning hearings.

Freeny property deannexation

The intent to annex ordinance reading was preceded by a 5 to 0 vote on

an ordinance de-annexing 33.021 gross acres at 1132 Georgetown Road near

Midway Station owned by the Homer Michael Freeny Jr. Trust.

Councilmember Steve Simoff was unable to attend the meeting, Vandegrift

said.

Freeny plans to sell seven acres of the land to the owner of a planned

distillery warehouse. Freeny and the city have agreed to keep the land

on septic sewer, so Freeny won’t have to pay for a pump station and the

city won’t have to maintain it.

Tree Advisory Board

The council voted 4 to 0 to approve Vandegrift’s seven nominations to

the council’s Tree Advisory Board, which has been inactive in recent

years. They include landscape architect Josh DeSpain of Lexington; Ross

Raterman, the owner of Dave Leonard Tree Specialists; Rich Schein, a

member of the planning commission; Faye Kousman, a horticulturist with

the Woodford County Extension Service; Councilmember Sara Hicks (who

recused herself from the vote); at-large member Hank Pinkerton; and

Bethany Langdon of the Midway Woman’s Club.

The board’s tasks include studying where to plant trees, conducting a

tree inventory and mediating disputes over trees on property boundary

lines, Vandegrift said.

Road races

The council unanimously approved event permits for two road races.

The Dash For Dolls 5-K and 10-K races will take place Saturday, May 22,

beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the races, which will begin at or

around Walter Bradley Jr. Park, will be used to purchase dolls at

Christmas for needy children – a favorite cause of the late wife of race

co-sponsor Ambrose Wilson.

The Love is Real Wellness 5-K will take place Saturday, June 12, with

sign-ins at 8 a.m. and the race, which will consist of 2.5 laps around

Northridge Estates, starting an hour later. A portion of the proceeds

will go to Celebrate Recovery.

In-person meeting

Vandegrift said with all council members and clerks being fully

vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, the council will hold its next

meeting, on April 19, in City Hall. He said temperature checks will be

taken upon entrance and masks will be worn except when a person is speaking.

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