Shepherdsville still looking for ways to deal with property

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The problems of caring for homes which are going through the foreclosure process is growing throughout the country.

Shepherdsville is not immune to that problem.

Code enforcement officer Jim McAuliffe said growing grass and abandoned homes are becoming a “major problem.”

Local banks are good about taking care of their properties, said McAuliffe.

Chuck Keith, city works foreman, said his crews could work every day for two weeks and not get caught up with the grass cutting.

The problem is that often the city can’t cut the grass until it has gotten too tall. If the city had the right to cut the grass earlier, Keith said it would be much easier.

Due to legalities, the city might not be reimbursed for its expenses until the foreclosure is finalized, which could take months.

Councilman Don Cundiff said it is a problem affecting all areas, not only Shepherdsville.

Mayor Sherman Tinnell said the city is doing what it can to keep the grass cut. He said there are also problems on state property, where it is normally cut just twice a year.

In other business:

*The city will receive a refund of $2,927 from the Kentucky League of Cities on its liability insurance coverage. The refund was due to the Shepherdsville police department’s recent accreditation.

*The council approved a resolution allowing for a $3 million loan from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for work to be done on the sewer system.

*Cundiff asked if the next tax bills could be simpler to read.

He said he didn’t realize it was even a bill due to the complexity.

City clerk Maxine Jeffries said the new software makes it more confusing.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited.