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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Council OKs animal ordinance, gives Chamber $1,000; 116 E. Main owner says 'I'll be done when I'm done'

Ness Alamdari, owner of 116 E. Main St., gave directions to a worker Tuesday afternoon. The progress of his work was a topic of discussion at Monday's meeting of the Midway City Council.

The Midway City Council passed a new animal-control ordinance, donated $1,000 to the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and heard some reports during a 20-minute meeting Monday afternoon.

The ordinance, sponsored by Council Member Sara Hicks, repeals and replaces the city's current ordinance and calls for humane treatment of animals. It allows chickens but not roosters, turkeys, swans and peafowl. It brings the city more in line with the ordinances in Versailles and the county.

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift asked for the grant to the Chamber of Commerce, saying new Executive Director Emily Downey has taken it "to the next level." He noted that Michael Moorman of Lakeshore Learning Materials, the city's largest employer, is now on the chamber board.

To Council Member John Holloway's suggestion that the city install "speed tables" like those in Shillito Park in Lexington, the mayor said "I'm gung-ho on moving forward" with such devices, which raise the entire wheelbase of a vehicle and are flat-topped. Sometimes they form crosswalks.

Vandegrift said he was working on "special accommodations" for trick-or-treating, which the council has expanded to four hours due to the pandemic. He said it would include hand-sanitizing stations, probably at churches and other locations, where candy and "safe games" would be offered.

The mayor said he did not expect Ness Alamdari, the owner of the now-gutted building at 116 E. Main St., to meet the Oct. 31 deadline for rehabilitating it. He said he expects Alamdari to seek an extension from the county planning office, and said he would encourage the office to deny it.

UPDATE: While Alamdari was working on the building Tuesday, the Messenger asked him if he would have it completed by Oct. 31. He said "I'll be done when I'm done." He said he had discovered more termite damage, and is using aviation cables to hold the building together. As for an extension, he said state law allows him to continue work as long as he has a valid permit.

The council approved a street-encroachment permit for Imperial Asphalt, which has bought the easternmost lost in Midway Station and is ready to break ground and bring 15 to 20 jobs, Vandegrift said. The facility is to be used for equipment storage, not asphalt handling.

In response to a question from Council Member Kaye Nita Gallagher, the mayor said Martin Street hasn't been opened because tests of the water line along it have shown bacteria. He said it would be opened as soon as that problem could be corrected.

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