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Shepherdsville pleased with demolition work

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - With one structure already demolished since the passage of a new code enforcement ordinance, city officials are ready to tackle other properties.

Jim McAuliffe, the city’s code enforcement officer, said there had been much praise received after the demolition of a home at the corner of Hester Street and Carpenter Street.

He said the next spot would be a trailer off Highway 44 West.

McAuliffe said the owner is willing to have the city destroy the trailer and he would pay the cost.

Other cleanup projects are being investigated.

McAuliffe presented councilmembers with a complaint form. With that, he said it would easy for them to point areas of concern.

And it would make the tracking of the progress easier, said McAuliffe.

The council recently approved an ordinance which gave city officials a greater ability to deal with property that has become run down or abandon.

The Hester Street property remains in the hands of the owner but they will have to pay the city’s cost of demolition.

In other business:

*Councilmember Bonnie Enlow requested the city look at its own leash law.

While the state and county have leash laws, Enlow said something needs to be enforced into the city limits.

In visits to the city park on First Street, Enlow said there are plenty of signs noting that dogs are not allowed.

However, she said there were many there and it is a hazard to children.

*David Strange, director of the Bullitt County History Museum, said a marker will be installed outside the Ridgway Memorial Library to note the 1917 train wreck.

A similar marker was installed at the cemetery next to the First Street Park.

Strange said the cost of the marker, around $1,000, would be paid by the Bullitt County Public Library System.

The sign, to be located at the southeast corner of the library, would look at the scene of the train wreck.

It should be installed by the end of June.

*Police chief Doug Puckett said the department is currently undergoing the final stages of the accreditation process.

An official visit by the accredation team will come in May. When accredited, the city would be eligible for a 10 percent discount on its insurance coverage.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.