Midway council moves forward on annexation plan
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
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
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.
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.
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.