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Shepherdsville gets suggestion to repair facility, charge fees

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - City officials closed down the use of its new gym due to issues over maintenance and vandalism.

Now, Shepherdsville officials are looking at what needs to be done on its community center located behind the old city hall on Frank E. Simon Avenue.

Bob Meek, scoutmaster for Troop 686, recently wrote a letter to city officials voicing some concerns about the community center, which the Boys Scouts remodeled several years ago.

The troop has used the facility since that time as a meeting place. However, the city facility is also used on a fairly consistent basis free of charge.

Meek said the center has some broken bricks, which has allowed leaks to destroy drywall.

Also, the roof has been packed but it is leaking, as well.

During its time there, Meek said the boy scouts have done a lot of work to transform the relocated building from the flood into a nice community center. However, he said some groups who use the facility are not properly taking care of it.

Things like doorknobs being pushed through the drywall, thumb tacks being used on the walls and thermostats being left at 60 degrees when the building is not being used were some of the concerns voiced by Meek.

Since the city is paying for the utilities, several councilmembers were concerned about the thermostats not being set properly.

In most facilities, Meek said there is a fee charged for rentals or at least some type of deposit.

He felt some type of usage fee should be set to help offset some of the costs.

And at least once a month, he felt the building should be professionally cleaned.

The boy scout agreement with the city was to be allowed to use it on Tuesday and Thursdays for meetings and several weekends a year. The troop agreed to make the remodeling improvements.

He offered to have the Boy Scouts serve as the management of the building. He said no money would be requested from the city but it would give an agency some control over usage of the facility and to make sure groups leave it in proper shape.

“We have a vested interest,” said Meek.

Mayor Sherman Tinnell said he would hate to charge people to use the building. But he said the city janitor may have to inspect the facility after each time it is used.

He could see having a damage deposit which would be returned if the building was left in good condition.

Tinnell agreed that the roof needed to be replaced and that a dumpster was needed at the facility.

Councilman Larry Hatfield said he would have a problem is groups used the building to make a profit.

Meek said the Cub Scouts have a one-time yard sale each year to raise funds for the pack.

The mayor said a lock box can be installed to control the thermostat usage.

In other business:

*The council heard the first reading of a change to the current nuisance ordinance.

The change would include yard sales.

City attorney Bill Wilson said that yard sale items must be removed within 24 hours of the sale and roadways can’t be restricted due to parked cars.

All yard sale signs must be removed within 24 hours and signs cannot be placed on utility poles.

The second reading would be held at the Oct. 26 meeting.

*Denise Peacock was concerned about the speeding motorists on Hester Street. She asked that the city consider speed humps, which have been installed in the city of Hunters Hollow.

Wilson said there are specifications for the speed humps but they are legal.

Tinnell said he would rather try the speed humps instead of closing off the street.

He said the humps did slow down traffic in the city park.

*The city police department received grants for $42,000 for computers through the Homeland Security program and another $12,500 from the Kentucky Safe Highway program for police overtime.