Lebanon Junction in no hurry to consider text amendment

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By Mary Barczak

 LEBANON JUNCTION - City council members didn’t seem to be in a rush at April’s meeting to approve a request from the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission.

Lebanon Junction city attorney Mark Edison told the council the planners asked for the city to consider approving their new definition of “building.” 

The new version the commission approved extends the wording to include temporary structures such as carports.

Edison, who also represents the cities of Fox Chase, Hunters Hollow, Hillview, Pioneer Village and Hebron Estates, said none of the other cities have made action to approve the request.

“We don’t have to do anything on it tonight,” he said.

The council seemed to agree with the others asking what the difference was and if they were required to do it.

No member expressed a need to pursue it. 

Some seemed to think it may be related to how the county is taxed for different buildings.

Council member Mark Shumaker Sr. said he thought they were “taxed enough.”

In other business:

-Fire Chief Todd Crady said he was continuing to look for a new tanker truck.

He said he had some prospects and the council encouraged him to keep searching.

“I didn’t know how much you wanted to spend,” he said.

He said the range he has been looking at is $35,000 to $70,000. Although Crady said he made contact with a business in Elizabethtown which had one for $10,000 but a stainless steel tank would need to be added. Crady said he would report back at the next meeting.

-A representative from Kentucky Engineering updated the council on the new sewer lift station.

He said they have been approved for a loan for $200,000. The contract would be for 20 years with an interest rate of 1.75 percent. The city would only need to pay for what is expended to complete the project, he said.

Council member Tim Sanders asked if the organization could provide a copy of the contract to Edison before the meeting and he said they could.

They hope to submit plans to the state at the end of the month and to advertise for bids soon with Louisville Water’s approval.

-Chaz Sullivan, public works director, he’s continued the process of switching the different sections over to LWC.

He said the new pressure from their system should be quite consistent.

also said his new truck is expected to be ready by the end of the month and asked the council to consider waiting to advertise the old one until then, which they approved.

-Mayor Butch Sweat was not present at the meeting so council member Steve Masden acted in his stead.

The next meeting will be on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.