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Old business resurfaces again for Shepherdsville City Council

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By The Staff

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – Some old business resurfaced and tempers again flared.

But city officials stood firm in their belief that the drainage issue in The Pointe would be handled in a proper manner.

For a second meeting, John Eddington Jr. approached the Shepherdsville City Council about statements made by mayor Sherman Tinnell and city attorney Bill Wilson over a drainage project in his subdivision.

The resident contends that the city did work on one property without any formal agreement or easement in place.

Wilson agreed that no easement had been filed.

However, Tinnell said the project spans several years and the entire work would eventually run a sewer line to allow a pump station to be taken off the system.

He said there might not be anything filed but the project would be completed as discussed.

Eddington was also upset that he filed a complaint with the city about not getting answers to a previous open records request. Wilson said he answered Eddington’s original questions in October.

Mike Spurlock, who owns a business off Cedar Grove Road, brought up his big increase in garbage rates with the selection of a new hauler.

He said his monthly rate went from $75 under Rumpke to $106 for Eco-Tech.

In looking at the bids, councilmember Bonnie Enlow said that Rumpke’s rate would have risen to $101 a month for the same service. Plus, there could have been 5 percent increases on each of the final two years of the four-year contract.

She said Eco-Tech was a little more expensive in the beginning but would wind up cheaper overall at the end.

Rumpke representative Michael Sweeten said that the company’s bid didn’t mandate a 5 percent increase on commercial rates the final two years but did allow that to happen.

He was concerned about the bidding process since no legal advertisement seeking bids was published.

City clerk Maxine Jeffries said she spoke with the Kentucky League of Cities who felt Shepherdsville was not required to publish the bid notice since it was not spending $20,000 annually with the hauling company. As long as it is for a franchise, she said mailing notices to the possible vendors was all that would be required.

At the last meeting, Enlow apologized for the messy transition.

This time, councilmember Trina Summers apologized once again.

She said the garbage ordinance will be amended to ensure the public is given better knowledge of the changeover instead of waking up one day and having new garbage cans at their home.

Summers said tax bills might be used to send the word but there would be a better way to notify the public when the contract expires in four years.

In other business:

*The council is considering the annexation to two tracts of property.

The first is the Ashworth property north of the city near Conestoga Parkway and Interstate 65 at Preston Highway.

The second is owned by the McGruder family and is located off Cedar Grove Road.

Both the annexations are requested by the property owners and will not be required to wait the 60-day period before adoption.

As part of the agreement with the Zoneton and Mount Washington fire districts, Wilson said notification was sent on the Ashworth property, which is in the Zoneton territory.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. Everyone is invited. To speak, you must sign up by the start of the meeting.