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The final words of rejection and consolation barely had been spoken in the county’s pursuit of Harley-Davidson when Shelby County Fiscal Court proved that it could squeeze some lemonade out of that batch of lemons.
The court went into special session Monday morning and rescinded its request for a zoning change on acreage near the Shelby County Industrial Park.
Magistrates – at the request of Michael Riggs – had moved in September that, if Harley were to decide not to come to Shelby County, they would withdraw their request of a change from agriculture to industrial for one of two parcels of land near Joyes Station Road.
Riggs made that suggestion on behalf of residents in that area – his district – who enjoy the green acreage and prefer it to stay that way for as long as is possible.
They are correct in that desire, and Fiscal Court was correct – admirably correct – in the way it handled this unique and delicate request.
The court had moved quickly and with great commitment to do all it could to persuade Harley to choose Shelby County, and, now that no longer is a possibility, we thank magistrates and County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger for living up to their word and handling this process properly and quickly.
In so doing, they won a valiant victory in what most would have seen as a defeat and left us all with a little sweeter taste that we might have had.