Council resumes annexation discussion

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

Nearly a month after tabling discussion on annexation, the Campbellsburg City Council again will consider expanding the city’s boundaries.

During the council’s meeting Monday night, Mayor Carl Rucker indicated that events at Kentucky Motor Speedway could mean big things for the city.

“If you heard the news, read the news over this weekend, you know what happened,” he said. “Speedway had a sellout. They are … putting in 55,000 new seats. The comment was made there’s no place for the people to stay. So, now, what does that mean?

“That means exit 34 is going to explode.”

And that, he added, means the city needs to be in a position to “have the say as to what comes and what doesn’t come.”

In his comments, Rucker proposed annexing some property on 421 on the city’s south end, including Pyle’s Body Shop, the Southern States Property and the Henry County Commerce Park.

On the north side, Rucker proposed extending the city’s boundaries to County Road 1606.

The council agreed, however, that extending another two-tenths of a mile north to the Trimble County line probably was a better course of action.

“The reason I say that,” council member Jan Fletcher said, “somebody could come in there, in that .2 mile, and put something we don’t want.

“If we’re going to go to Sulphur Road, why not just go up to the (county) line and get it all?”

Council member John Suter said while some residents may not like annexation, it would be better in the long run. “They’re not going to like the bills, but I’d like that better than something popping up next to (the city) that I can’t control.”

Rucker stressed that annexed residents likely would receive a break on city taxes until sewer access could be provided.

During their discussions, the council agreed to have Rucker approach one property owner on the city’s southern boundary about his interest in annexation. The property was not including in Rucker’s initial proposal, because he felt there would be some resistance to annexation.

According to city attorney Joe Yates, the next step for the council will be approving their intent to annex at the next council meeting, a formal declaration passed like a regular ordinance. And like other ordinances, the intent will require two readings during city meetings and publication in a newspaper.

Yates said there would be a 60-day waiting period for property owners to protest. If those property owners have enough people sign a petition, he said the issue would then go to a public vote, in all likelihood, in November’s general election.

If there are no objections, after the waiting period, the city could then write and pass its annexation ordinance.

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