Clark fiscal court cancels meeting for Stuff concerns

Published 10:06 am Thursday, November 29, 2018

Next week’s listening session between the Clark County Fiscal Court and residents concerned about Stuff Recycling has been canceled.

Wednesday, the Clark County Fiscal Court canceled the Dec. 4 meeting at the residents’ request, because it would conflict with a planning commission meeting.

The planning commission’s agenda includes a zoning change request for property on Lexington Road near Stuff Recycling.

Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said the meeting would have to be rescheduled in January after the new fiscal court and judge-executive take office.

Branham said the session, which was a special meeting of the fiscal court, was to be a time for residents of the area around Stuff to share their concerns about items not covered in recent meetings by the planning commission and the board of adjustments concerning the business.

The board of adjustments determined in October the business had expanded its operations beyond the terms of a 2012 decision by the board of adjustments. The decision allowed the business to keep its grandfathered B-4 zoning, provided its business and operations remain behind the front of the buildings on the property.

At the same time, Stuff owner Jerry Joiner was pursuing a zoning change for about 12 acres off Clintonville Road and adjacent to Stuff’s property. He later dropped the matter and decided not to buy the property.

Winchester Planning Director Robert Jeffries said the property at 6229 Lexington Road is zoned A-1 agricultural and the owner is requesting it be zoned B-3 highway business.

Earlier in the meeting, the court approved the first reading of a budget amendment to add more than $314,000 to the county’s budget.

The amendment includes $89,142 from a bequest to the Clark County Animal Shelter. Branham said the funds are restricted to be used for the animal shelter.

The remaining $225,000 comes from carryover funds from the county road department. Of that, about $147,000 will be used to purchase three dump trucks for the road department. The remainder will pay for repairing a second slide on Old Ruckerville Road.

In other action, the court:

— approved the statement for the advance and the maximum salaries for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for 2019.

— did not approve the 2019 budget for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A motion to table to matter to review additional data failed on a 3-3 vote with Branham and magistrates Pam Blackburn and Sheila McCord voting no. A subsequent vote to approve the budget as presented also failed on a tie vote with magistrates Daniel Konstantopoulos, Greg Elkins and Robert Blanton voting no. Magistrate Joe Graham was absent.

— approved the appointment of Michelle “Shelly” Walker to the Clark County Library Board of Trustees on a 4-2 vote, with Konstantopoulos and Elkins voting no. Elkins wanted additional time to speak with Walker and ascertain her thoughts on taxes, as the library board sets its own tax rates.

— did not approve measures to reappoint Harry Fiefhaus and Kenneth Segress to the East Clark County Water District Board on tie votes. Konstantopoulos said he wanted to delay the vote until after he and county fire officials meet with the district Dec. 17 to discuss issues with county firefighters using the district’s hydrants. Branham said there has been a verbal agreement in the past for the county fire department to use the hydrants when needed. In both instances, Konstantopoulos, Blanton and Elkins voted against the reappointments.

— appointed Larry Disney to the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority to fill an unexpired term.

— approved a request from the Winchester Tree Board to plant two ginko trees in front of the courthouse.

— accepted a $500 grant from Kentucky American Water to the Clark County Fire Department to purchase an electrical voltage detector.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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