Council looks to limit temporary off-site vehicle sales

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By Scotty McDaniel

Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday that limits temporary off-site vehicle sales.

Under the ordinance, no sales of motor vehicles by a licensed motor vehicle dealer is permitted anywhere other than the dealer's permanent place of business.

The ordinance only permits temporary sales for dealers who have temporary interruptions -- such as fire, flood, repairs or construction -- at their permanent location that prevent business as usual.

It states that no dealer can be granted more than one temporarily-sale permit from the city in any 12-month period, and no temporary sale can last for more than 30 days. For an additional permit or extension, the dealer must show extreme hardship and be approved by the mayor.

In 2007, the council approved an ordinance that would allow off-site temporary tent sales for car dealerships.

Mayor Tom Hardesty said originally the plan was to allow local dealerships to move around and improve business, however dealerships from outside the county were taking advantage of the opportunities more than local dealers were, thereby taking away from local business.

After talking with a few local dealers, Hardesty suggested repealing the off-site temporary tent sales.

The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the next council meeting on Nov. 20.

Also at the meeting:

* It was announced that the City of Shelbyville has been awarded Community Development Block Grand Funds from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the amount of $112,000.

* Laura Donnell, Commonwealth Attorney, presented a project involving the establishment of a Drug Intervention Fund that would be paid for by criminal offenders.