The Versailles City Council Tuesday, Jan. 8 agreed to a request by the Morgan County Commission to create two new handicap parking spaces on the east side of Monroe Street at the entrance to the newly installed ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access ramp at the county courthouse.
The handicap spaces will be clearly marked and will take up four regular parking spaces, with parking on either side of the access ramp entrance with an area to maneuver between them, directly in front of the access.
An existing handicap space at the corner will be “reclaimed” as a standard parking space once the newly designated ramp access spaces are in place.
Sidewalk project to begin
In another street related matter, the council authorized Mayor Terry Silvey to enter into a contractor agreement with RC Contracting on behalf of the city to begin utilities excavation, back fill, sidewalk replacement, asphalt repair, and striping along South Fischer Street. The funding for the project is through a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant. Work on the sidewalk replacement is slated to begin as early as next week.
Grant awarded for paths
Silvey reported the City of Versailles was officially awarded $313,000 through a TAP grant for the development of bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the city. The project will initially include three major crosswalks, new sidewalks in certain sectors, and designated bike/pedestrian areas.
“I am very excited and proud about how this has come to pass,” Silvey said. He also recognized Steve and Tara Grantham who have invested financially in the project to help the city to acquire the necessary matching funds. Tara Grantham has also spearheaded the effort, working with various agencies and organizations.
New year, budget surplus
Silvey reported 2018 ended with a slight surplus of $2,407.85. The 2019 city budget was approved in a special meeting Monday, Dec. 17, and projects a 2019 surplus of $53,182.81. (See page 2 for more information.)
“We try to be conservative with our revenue estimates,” said Silvey. “Sales tax was $35,000 less than projected.” The city’s financial officer Bobbie Garber encouraged department heads to “concentrate on the need list and not the want list.”
Chair/table use policy
Alderman Chuck Pryor brought up a citizen’s concerns about chairs and tables belonging to the city being used for private events. Pryor said he wasn’t concerned with the practice. However, it was suggested by Alderwoman Joann Mayor that a policy could be useful. No policy is currently in place and the use of those items is at the discretion of the mayor. “It’s my call,” Silvey said.
Winter parking reminder
The city’s public works department reminds residents, in the event of a snowfall 1 inch or greater, vehicles should be moved off the downtown square to allow crews to properly plow the streets. Parking in the city parking lot on the corner of Jasper and Monroe is suggested.
Council Briefs
– Brian Bias was reappointed and Bruce Doyel was appointed to the airport board. Cory Hall has resigned from the board.
– Two “SLOW Children at Play” signs will be installed on Jones Street at a cost of $224.
– The city renewed the airport maintenance hanger agreement, which had expired Dec. 31. It is for a three-year term with no changes in contract language.
The next meeting of the Versailles City Council is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at City Hall in Versailles.