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County approves zone changes, budget amendments
By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer
At its semimonthly meeting Tuesday morning, the Shelby County Fiscal Court approved two zoning change requests, as well as some budget amendments and some other items of county business.
The first zoning change, approved by a vote of 6-1, was for 68 acres at the intersection of Zaring Mill and Kentucky Street from agricultural to a flood plane conservation area, which was done so permanently to protect that area, planning director Ryan Libke said.
“Clear Creek runs through there, so nothing can ever be built there, so it will now just be designated as a flood-plane corridor,” he said.
The other zoning change was for 57 acres located on Ardmore Lane from agricultural or residential to light residential.
That zoning change, also approved by a vote of 6-1, will contain single-family dwellings, and is a very low-density area, Libke said.
Although all magistrates except Allen Ruble voted in favor of the subdivision, many of them, including Michael Riggs, Mike Whitehouse and Tony Carriss, voiced concerns about traffic congestion that could possibly occur.
They ultimately agreed with Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, however, who pointed out that traffic tie-ups caused by cars going into and out of the development should not be a problem as there will be three entrances and exits.
“There will be a lot of interconnecting going on that will help the traffic flow,” he said. “I don't think there will be as much press on Ardmore as everyone thinks. But I completely understand where you're coming from.”
The magistrates agreed that if traffic problems did occur later, they could take measures to get that situation cleared up.
“I think it's a great development, and I would hate to see it go by the wayside because this hasn't been addressed,” Carriss said.
Both zone change approvals were second readings.
Also at the meeting, magistrates approved several county budget amendments, which were necessary to get the budget back on track, Rothenburger said.
He added that the budget shortfall was caused by a number of layoffs, especially in the auto industry in Shelby County, which decreased the occupational revenue of the county. He told magistrates that none of the budget adjustments involved cutting county personnel or any services currently offered to the public by the county.
“With this, we will be able to meet the budget without any further cuts, because we have money in reserve,” he said. “Our department heads started thinking about this possibly over a year ago, and put some money back in case we had to do this. Our biggest concern is to keep our employees working, so I'd like to recommend this, in order to bring our budget back into line.”
The budget amendments were approved unanimously by magistrates.
The court also approved a resolution that will allow the fiscal court to make a matching contribution to a recreational grant for Red Orchard Park.
The court will match $100,000 in the 2009 Recreational Trails program grant administered by the Kentucky Department of Local Government. Rothenburger added, however, that since money is so tight, the county would not be able to match the state funds with money.
“This is a land donation match,” he said.
Magistrates also approved that a Ford Crown Victoria be declared as surplus and given to the East 60 Fire District.
“You've got a car, Brian,” Rothenburger told East 60 Fire Chief Brian Raizor.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Kathy Renard, Clean Community Coordinator, urged everyone to join in the upcoming Commonwealth Clean Up this spring, with which Rothenburger agreed.
“I'd like to challenge everyone to adopt a road and help get the county clean-up up,” he said.