City will get look at value to sell two buildings

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Is a bird in the hand worth holding onto? Shepherdsville leaders may have that question to consider as the lease agreement on its former city hall and police department are about to expire.

The state probation and parole office would like to continue the lease arrangement with the old city hall and the drug court program has a lease through the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

Councilman Larry Hatfield said there might be a possibility of selling both of the buildings to provide the city with some needed cash.

But councilman Don Cundiff didn’t know how quickly the buildings would sell, especially in the tough economy. 

Currently, the city is being paid $4,000 per month for each of the buildings.

City attorney Joseph Wantland said the state would agree to have a month-to-month lease, if that is what the council wanted.

Cundiff said the city receiving some money is better than no revenue.

Mayor Scott Ellis said an appraisal of the buildings could be done. He knows that the city is not getting enough revenue from the community center to pay the expenses.

And Ellis knows that while Hatfield mentioned getting out of its lease for the new government center and returning to the old city hall, the old firehouse could not accommodate the live-in personnel or store the equipment.

Ellis said he would get Ruth Sohm to do an appraisal. The state wanted an answer by April 8 but councilmember Bonnie Enlow said the city should ask for a short extension.

In other business:

*The city council approved incentives for the Best Buy distribution center off Cedar Grove Road.

Ellis said the council never approved the July 2009 letter approving a 1 percent credit on occupational taxes for 10 years. Employees pay the occupational tax but the company gets to retain those funds to help offset the cost of opening the facility.

The company employs around 200 workers.

*The council tabled a proposal by Ellis to name Tammy Richmond as the city clerk.

Hatfield said he wanted to table that discussion.

Richmond was city clerk under Joe Sohm’s administration but was demoted when Sherman Tinnell took office in 2007. She has been serving as the interim city clerk since early January.

*The council approved adding Brenda Taylor to the list of people who can sign city checks. Ellis said his signature goes on all checks and there must be a second signature on any check.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. The public is invited to attend.