SHEPHERDSVILLE - Like cramming for a final exam, members of the Bullitt County Education Development Corp. are quickly moving forward with plans to construct a college facility.
In its first meeting, the corporation set in place a number of committees with a goal to have things in place for receiving state approval on the $24-$28 million facility by mid-April.
John Snider, executive director of the Bullitt County Economic Development and interim president of the corporation, said the task of the group would be to get financing to build the facility and then oversee the long-term lease.
In giving a bit of history, Snider said most of the necessary paperwork had been approved by Bullitt Fiscal Court. One item still to be completed is the deeding of property from the county to the corporation.
The 40-acre tract, which is located on the northwest corner of Interstate 65 and Highway 245, would be used, in part, to house the facility, which would be from 80,000-100,000 square feet.
Jefferson Community and Technical College, which already operates a Bullitt County campus off Buffalo Run Road, has expressed an interest to be a partner in the new facility.
A lease-purchase agreement could be considered with the college paying the debt service over a 40-year period with an option to buy the building.
Snider said nothing has been signed with the college but that would be the goal.
Throughout the process of building the facility, Snider said JCTC would be heavily involved in the planning since it would more than likely be the tenant.
To assist move the project forward and to help cover some initial expenses, the Bullitt County EDA pledged up to $25,000 toward the project.
Four temporary committees were set up.
The finance committee will be chaired by Keith Griffee with Bill Dawson and Snider also part of this team.
The bid committee will be chaired by Snider with Mark Stout and John Bradshaw also on the group. This panel will be responsible for soliciting and accepting bids and making recommendations.
The full board will make all decisions based on committee recommendations.
The insurance/legal committee will be chaired by Jerry Summers and he will be joined by Melanie Roberts and Scott Wantland.
And the zoning committee will include Bill Duffy and Wantland.
The next meeting is planned for Jan. 9 at 8 a.m. at the JCTC campus on Buffalo Run.
The public is invited.