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City may annex tract next to church

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The city boundaries of the county seat appears to be growing once again.

And the latest annexation could open the way to a major producer of jobs.

The Shepherdsville City Council met on Tuesday and will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to annex 165.19 acres.

The property owners have requested the annexation, which would eliminate the need to wait 60 days to complete the process.

Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis said the annexation would go south along Highway 61 and take in properties owned by the Shaw family and Zoneton Development. That property is under consideration currently for a rezoning change from Agricultural to IL Light Industrial.

That particular zoning change is supposed to be considered by Bullitt Fiscal Court on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

However, it has become embroiled in a controversy with Bardstown Junction Baptist Church, which is adjacent to the request. Drainage is among the biggest concerns of the congregation.

“It’s a big opportunity for the city but it is also a big opportunity for the county,” said Ellis.

He understands the controversy involved and he went to the church on Tuesday to notify the pastor of the upcoming meetings. He hoped anyone with concerns would attend either of the special meetings.

“There are always concerns,” Ellis said of any major decision. “But if it wasn’t for the betterment of the community, we would not consider it.”

At stake could be at least 1,500 jobs. Ellis would love to have them in the city limits.

When the city decided to run a sewer line to the heart of Bullitt County, Ellis said this is what he envisioned. While Jim Beam Distillery is the current major customer, Ellis said there remains thousands of acres available for development, if sewers were available.

If the property is annexed, Ellis said sewer service would be available.