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With a few conditions, the Shelbyville City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to add Clifton Court into the city’s road system.
The committee accepted the recommendation from the Public Works Committee that had suggested the city ask the development’s owner to:
“Our main concern is the common areas,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said. “We feel that if it’s cleaned up and in good repair when this new homeowners association takes over, they’ll be able to maintain it. But if it’s in disrepair when they take over, and they have to come through and do a big clean-up right off the bat, then I don’t think they’ll be able to get it done.”
Built more than 15 years ago by owner Robert French, the 24 homes were to provide lower-income families with affordable housing and provide a tax exemption for the developers. Currently the site has 24 rental properties on just one lot, with Clifton Court being a private road.
Now, with the approval to be part of the city’s system, first requested on Dec. 20, French will take the request before Triple S for approval to turn the single lot into 24 separate lots, one for each individual home.
Mark Hynes, president of the non-profit, Housing Partnership Inc. – which will purchase the land and help the current renters with finding loans and setting up the HOA – said a full clean up was already planned. He did ask that the group be given until Oct. 31 to make all the changes, to “coincide with the Citizens Union Bank [financing] agreement.” And the group agreed to all the requests.
Hynes also said Housing Partnershipwas looking into rebuilding the home at 77 Clifton Court, which burned on Jan. 7.
“We’re talking with the insurance company now,” he said. “Our plans is to take it down the foundation and then rebuild. Hopefully we’ll be able to start that project soon.”
State retirement resolution
Hardesty also read a resolution from the Kentucky League of Cities to support reform for the County Employees Retirement System (CERS), which is a primary concern for the state legislature during the 2013 session.
The proposed changes supported by KLC include a hybrid 401(k) program in which the state guarantees a 4 percent return for employee investors. The current fixed pension system is underfunded by about 40 percent because the state has failed to meet its portion of the necessary funding while in turn requiring counties, cities and state entities participating in the fund to increase their portions each year. During the past several years, to try to make up the under-funded years, the state has started to require those entities to pay higher amounts.
Council member Donna Eaton questioned whether or not the council should put its support behind the resolution, which takes no action but only shows support. She questioned if the KLC had “looked into fixing the old plan.”
The resolution passed, 4-1, with Eaton voting against and council member Mike Zoeller absent.
Also at the meeting, the council: