Monday, May 1, 2017

Council OKs permit for Midsummer Nights in Midway events June 30, July 28, Aug. 25; budget reading set

The Midway City Council approved a civic-event permit Monday evening for Midway Renaissance to hold three Midsummer Nights in Midway: June 30, July 28 and August 25, all Fridays.

"Those events were a huge success last year," Renaissance Vice President Debra Shockley told the council. She said bands playing "dancy music from the '50s-'60s up to the '80s-'90s" will be hired to entertain between 7 and 10 p.m. each evening, and all nonprofit organizations will have an opportunity to sell items on Main Street.

Unlike last year, the events will not have any outside food or beverage vendors, Shockley said: "We think our restaurants can probably handle all of that." The civic-event permit will allow open containers of alcoholic beverages bought from a vendor with a special license to sell off the regular licensed premises, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift explained.

In other business, the council held first reading of an ordinance to allow nonprofit organizations to choose once-a-week (residential) garbage service. Vandegrift said the second reading and passage will be scheduled for May 15, as will first reading of the city budget on which the council has been working at special meetings.

In response to a citizen complaint at the most recent meeting, Vandegrift said he would propose an ordinance to require distributors of literature to attach it to the front doors of residences rather than toss it into yards. He said he would check into a report by Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher that Frankfort was able to get Cash Express, the object of the complaint, to stop its distributions there.

Vandegrift also reported that removable speed bumps recently authorized by the council will be installed on East Stephens Street next week, and that the radar device on South Winter Street had counted 1,500 cars per day from April 20 to April 26. He said the count might help persuade the state Transportation Cabinet to lower the speed limit on the residential area of Winter Street to 25 miles per hour, but he would like to get more analysis of the numbers.

Council Member Libby Warfield, chair of the cemetery committee, said that with Memorial Day coming up, people need to be reminded that the city will soon start enforcing cemetery regulations from which special exceptions were granted in the previous administration. Warfield said there are different ways to interpret the regulations, and she is working on language for the committee to review "to make sure we clarify everything as much as we possibly can."

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