Annexation of property near Campbellsburg, including property north and west of I-71, was put on hold last week by the city.
Mayor Carl Rucker said there may be a procedural issue that did not exist the last time the city annexed property, though he did not indicate what that issue is.
“I want to do a little bit more studying about the procedure and what we have to do,” he told the council. “There is some indication that it has changed since we annexed before, and I want to make sure it’s all done ethically and legally.”
There was little discussion from the council about annexation, though during the council’s comments portion of the meeting, John Suter said a development in a nearby county could make annexation an even more important topic.
“Most of you know now ... Kentucky Speedway was bought today,” he said.
Suter said the new owner has promised that a major race could come to the track, and that could impact communities within a 100-mile radius. Suter and Rucker both expressed concern about what types of businesses could develop.
“Right now, you all need to think about it pretty seriously,” Suter added. “If we annex it, we can at least have some say in (its development). If we don’t ... who knows what will come up. Those are the things that concern me. I want the town to grow, but not like that.”
Rucker reiterated a prior concern saying that he wanted “smart growth.”
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