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LEBANON JUNCTION - In the heart of downtown Lebanon Junction, the old Mullins Grocery sits vacant next to the railroad track.
But LaBron Taylor has been looking and looking at the building. He and his wife would like to open a business in the community, even through they live in northern Bullitt County.
Before moving forward, Taylor came before the Lebanon Junction City Council to listen to their suggestions on possible businesses.
There is a possibility that two businesses could be located in the building.
He was looking at a grocery store on the ground floor and a restaurant on the second floor.
He knew the desire was great for a grocery in the community, featuring fresh meat, vegetables and produce.
The restaurant would feature home cooking with a buffet and a regular menu.
Mayor Butch Sweat said he endorsed any businesses coming to the community, He was a bit concerned about having the restaurant on the second floor and the access for some of the elderly members of the community.
Taylor agreed and said he had even looked at a small elevator.
Councilman Tim Sanders said the city has a lot behind the building which could be used for parking.
Taylor started out his work career as a teenager working as a soda fountain jerk. He said his life experience has included retail and restaurants.
He would like to keep the building as authentic as possible.
Before he moved forward, Taylor said he was gaining as much input as possible.
Sweat said the Family Dollar store has been a blessing for the community and appears to stay busy. He said it provides some food items.
When the old Key Market was open, the mayor said it was busy. Over the years, other small grocery stores have inquired about that property and others in the community.
He would like to see a small grocery operate in the city.
In other business:
*The city will move forward with a wrought-iron entrance sign to the Lebanon Junction cemetery.
Sweat said he is looking for donations to pay for the new sign.
With so many people coming to the cemetery, Sweat said a sign is needed.
He added that the city needs to level out the land on new property is acquired. He felt the new section would soon be needed for more gravesites.
The new land is located across the street from the existing cemetery. The land has been surveyed.
*Sanders said he would like the city to get bids for engineering work to install sidewalks along Highway 61 between the elementary school and the new library.
Sweat said the grantwriter might be able to apply for funds to cover the costs.
*Councilman Dion Collins said there are a lot of walkers. He asked the police chief to have officers to watch for stray dogs. He said many walkers are carrying things like canes and golf clubs to fend off dogs which may attack them.
*Sweat reported an old, vacant home on Railroad Avenue had been torn down.
Also, the firehouse did receive two new overhead doors, which has helped with utility costs, comfort inside the firehouse and its exterior appearance.
The next meeting of the Lebanon Junction City Council will be on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.