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Parades, walks get OK by Shepherdsville council

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Everyone loves a parade...more or less.

The Shepherdsville City Council wants to make certain that everyone is happy following three recent parade permit requests

The Annual Giving Campaign requested a permit for a 5K run/walk on July 4 in conjunction with the Bullitt Blast event.

June Daugherty, representing the Annual Giving Campaign, said two routes were mapped with participants beginning and ending at Paroquet Springs Confernece Centre, host of the Bullitt Blast. The event would be scheduled early in the day, tentatively 8 a.m..

The routes included one path down Joe B. Hall Ave. and across S. Buckman St. to the City Park and back. Another would take participants across Highway 44 East and up Conestoga Parkway to the Shepherdsville Government Center.

Daugherty believed businesses and traffic would not be as affected due to the Independence Day holiday. Ellis said the Lowe’s Home Improvement on Conestoga opened at 9 a.m. that day.

Shepherdsville Police chief Doug Puckett mentioned that other events on that day, conbined with an 8 a.m. event and officers blocking intersections, would result in more overtime costs.

Puckett added that an annual car show took place in the Paroquet Springs parking lot at 10 a.m. and vendors would need time to set up booths.

Council member Clinton Kline suggested finding a major business to sponsor the event, along with possibly hosting it, mentioning local industrial parks.

The council suggested that Daugherty and her group check with local businesses to get their approval for pending road closures.

Daugherty returned to the next meeting with approval letters from Kart Kountry, located on Joe B. Hall Ave., and the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office, who agreed to assist with the event.

Mayor Scott Ellis gave the run/walk a favorable recommendation.

“I think this is a worthy event,” he said. “We will have our police out there.”

Puckett said the Sheriffs Department always helped Shepherdsville Police with handling Bullitt Blast and its other surrounding events.

“The deputies will be available,” he said. “We’ll do what we can on our manpower.”

The council approved the permit request with Puckett agreeing to contact the Sheriffs department on further assistance.

Another parade permit request was presented for an event hosted by Families Moving Beyond Abuse, an educational program for families and parents involved in drug and alcohol-related issues. 

The program is presented by Bullitt County Family Court.

“(The program) involves many issues within the community,” said representative Autumn Hollan. “It shows that addicts can recover and be good citizens.”

Hollan said the event, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, was designed as a public walk from Paroquet Springs Conference Centre to Shepherdsville City Park.

The path of the walk would require a stretch of Joe B. Hall Ave. to shut down temporarily, as well as the intersection at S. Buckman St.

Council members asked about approval from businesses along the scheduled route.  Ellis encouraged Hollan to contact the businesses to receive approval.

Hollan said the event was tentatively scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Council member Jose Cubero suggested an earlier start to appease the businesses.

The motion was tabled and Hollan was invited back to a future council meeting for further discussion.

A third parade permit request request was made by Tiffany Rhodes for a fundraising walk at Shepherdsville City Park on Sept. 21.

Rhodes said the walk was being planned to raise research funding and awareness about Chiari, a spinal cord malformation that could cause blindness or loss of feeling in extremities.

According to Rhodes, the condition is not well known. She said the potential event would only be the sixth ever held nationally. A similar event was held last year at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.

The event would be free to the public, Rhodes informed the council, though a $25 donation fee would be suggested for participants’ shirts.

Rhodes said some children’s activities and live music were likely to be part of the event.

The council unanimously approved the permit.