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Council discusses plans for left over funds

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

The City of Campbellsburg once again finds itself faced with the question of just how to spend money left over from its sewer project.

According to Tetra Tech engineer Ren Willingham, the city will have approximately $700,000 left over from the forced main sewer project that linked Campbellsburg with Carrollton Utilities.

During their monthly business meeting Monday night, the Campbellsburg City Council heard from Willingham about the cost of several options, including a utility bore under I-71. The estimated cost for that project, which the council agreed needed to be done, was $163,800, up from the previous estimate of $100,000.

Other project options the city may consider are providing sewer access on Bell Avenue for $60,000, sewer access to Henry County Industrial Park's west location for $364,000, access to the park's east location for $268,000, the interstate bore, or installing sewer lines on the north side of I-71.

The final option, which will is estimated to cost $930,000 was not considered by the council.

During the council's discussion, Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent urged the council to think about the future.

"The only thing I would (say) is to look at getting some projects done (so that) when people come to us that are interested in locating, and (we're) ready to go for them," he said.

"I can tell you, I have met with more people in the last two weeks than I have in the last two years that are interested in, not just Campbellsburg, but the whole county."

The council also heard a request from Harold Price, who wanted to see if the 14 lots he owned on Danny Way would have sewer access.

During further discussion, Commissioner Jason Stanley expressed concern about providing access on Bell Avenue.

"I just kind of question ... those two lots aren't worth $60,000," he said. "I might be looking at it wrong ... unless somebody can tell me ... I'm looking at opening up two lots for $60,000 when you're not going to get $60,000 anyway."

Stanley motioned to table a decision on how to spend the $700,000 remaining from the sewer project until January, with the hope for more figures. The council did agree that completing the interstate bore would be one of the projects the city would tackle with the left over funding.

In other business:

* the council approved, upon first reading, an ordinance establishing an abandoned/blighted property tax. Properties deemed to be abandoned, by a committee established by the city under the ordinance, would be taxed an additional $5 per $100 assessed value.

* the council also approved an ordinance requiring red and blue flashing lights on the city's police vehicles.

* the council received Police Chief Paul McDonalds report, which included information on training. McDonald report he had completed 24 hours of National Incident Management training, and has been awarded the NIMS 300 certificate in addition to the NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800 certificates he already earned.

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