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Mount Washington looks to prorate annual license fees

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - When a Mount Washington business owner applied for a city business license in December he paid the $75 annual licensing fee with the assumption that he had paid for an entire year.

But, to his surprise he was told that he had to pay an additional $75 for another business license in January because the city prohibited licenses from being prorated.

In attempt to avoid situations like this and better accommodate local business owners, the Mount Washington city council discussed amending its business licensing provisions to allow licenses to be prorated.

During the council’s regular meeting, councilman Barry Armstrong made a recommendation to have city attorney Norman Lemmeamend section 110.04 of the city’s business licensing provisions, which were enacted in 2005.

Armstrong said the council recognized the need for change in the provisions.

The prorated license fee would amount to $6.25 a month, totaling $75 every 12 months.

There was also discussion about creating a special farmer’s market license to make it cheaper for local farmers to sell their produce in the city.

As it stands, farmers who want to sell in the city have to have a peddler’s license, which costs $120 a year, according to Mayor Joetta Calhoun.

Councilman Dale Walter proposed drafting an ordinance to create a farmer’s market business license.

No particular rate was proposed for the license, but Calhoun said it should be cheaper than the peddler’s license.

“We want it to be a profitable venture for farmers,” Calhoun said.

*An ordinance was introduced to rezone over seven acres of land in the Mount Washington Business Park from light industrial to general industrial.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission unanimously approved the request by Vittitow Basement Walls, Inc. to rezone the property at 850 Landis Lane in December.

Irving Vittitow said he wanted the portion of his property rezoned so he could add a small concrete plant to the facility.

At the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission’s regular meeting on Dec. 10, Vittitow said if the zoning change were approved he would be able to increase his business and hire additional employees.

The plant would be restricted to the rezoned acreage with the rest of Vittitow’s property remaining light industrial if the council approves the ordinance at its next regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

*A resolution of appreciation of members of the Bullitt County Board of Education was introduced.

Resolution 10-1 declared the month of January 2010 School Board Member Recognition Month and urged all citizens to honor Sammy Allen, Gary Wooldridge, Dolores Ashby, Lorraine McLaughlin and Tim Wiseheart for their service.

Councilman Larry Porter made a motion to accept the resolution,

Councilman Gary Lawson seconded the motion, and the resolution was unanimously carried.

*Calhoun reported that she spoke to Troy Beam of the Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist Commission about the LED sign on the corner of Highway 44 and the Bardstown Road bypass, which has not been working.

Calhoun reported that Beam was making it his priority to get the sign fixed and running soon.

*Calhoun announced that there will be a Valentine Gala on February 13 at the Parquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville to benefit the American Red Cross.

For more information, contact The American Red Cross, Bullitt/Spencer County Service Center at (502) 955-6259.

The next meeting of the Mount Washington City Council will be on Monday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the city annex building on Branham Way. The public is invited to attend.