SHEPHERDSVILLE - A county agency has approved the continuation of a top-soil removal company even though several neighbors opposed the application.
The Bullitt County Board of Adjustment approved a conditional-use permit for Bob Jones.
A previous owner started removing top soil on property along Long Lick Creek off Beech Grove Road in 2001 with a conditional-use permit.
Applicant Bobby Jones said he only removed 40-50 loads of top soil each year from the property.
Attorney Joseph Wantland agreed with commissioner Tom Jean that there had been dumping on the property by others. Jones said it was picked up as quickly as possible.
Duane Price, who has worked at taking out top soil for the past three years, said he has never taken out more than 40-50 loads of dirt a year.
He said the work on the Jones property never got closer than 25 feet from the creek bank.
However, several residents who live along the creek were opposed to any continued operations.
Alfred Gibson lives next to the property and said he is losing land each year as the side of the bank is eroding.
Since trees were removed on the Jones property, Gibson said the banks of the creek continue to erode.
He estimated the loss of an acre of ground over the years.
Brian Simpson said he planted many trees along the creek but many of them have been lost as the erosion has taken the banks.
Board member David Snider said it appears that previous owners caused the problems encountered by the neighbors.
He agreed that Jones must clean his property of any illegal dumping.
The board voted to approve the conditional-use permit, which must be reviewed annually for renewal.
In other business:
*Residents in Mount Washington may want a new Kroger to be built but commissioners don’t want a tall sign.
The board denied a variance to allow a sign by Commonwealth Sign Co. to reach 34 feet, which is four feet above the county standards.
A representative with the sign company said Kroger would be the anchor tenant but others in the commercial center off the Mount Washington bypass need signage.
A single sign would be built.
However, Snider said he was opposed to larger signs unless they are along interstates.
Charlie Nicklies, associated with the development company building the facility, said it was a $16 million investment and the signage is needed along the road.
While the board denied the four-foot variance, it did great a variance to allow the company to install a sign that would be 366 square feet, which is more than the 200 square foot regulation.
Snider said the size of the sign did not bother him, only the height.
*Johnny’s Market received a conditional-use permit on property located next to Hebron Presbyterian Church on Preston Highway.
The permit would allow the retail nursery and produce stand to be in compliance.
*Kerry Watson received approval to install a sign at the corner of Cedar Grove Road and Dawson Drive.
The board requested the sign be elevated so it would not block the view of motorists.
*Ken Towery Auto Care Super Center, planned for Mount Washington, received variances for its 206 square foot sign and to encroach on the north side yard.
Attorney Eric Farris said the requests are contingent on rezoning the property by the Mount Washington City Council.
It would be located on Highway 44 East at the bypass.
*Mindel Scott and Associates received variances to reduce the size and number of parking spots for a facility in the Cedar Grove Business Centre.
The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. Anyone wishing to speak must sign up prior to 6 p.m.