Southeast Bullitt allowed to expand territory in Belmont

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By Thomas Barr

 LEBANON JUNCTION – While Bullitt Fiscal Court members had no interest in adjusting the 1982 boundaries set up as the Lebanon Junction Fire Protection District, they did accept a petition allowing another existing district to expand.

Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District will annex several tracts of property on the south side of Belmont Road. The district currently serves on the north side of the roadway.

No one appeared to protest the annexation.

Bullitt County Attorney Monica Meredith Robinson said that without objection from at least 51 percent of the people in the affected area, fiscal court had little recourse but to have the county judge sign the document.

Her only concern was that when Julius Hatfield signed the document as a trustee, there was no date on when the board voted on the matter.

She said that is something which could be worked out when the judge signs the document.

County Judge Melanie Roberts said she spoke with several of the affected residents and no one seemed to have any concerns.

Magistrate John Bradshaw said he had not heard any concerns from his constituents.

However, Bobby Hartlage, who was leading the charge to expand the very small Lebanon Junction territory, said he had a petition to place his request back on the docket.

When the matter was presented to the court previously, he said city officials protested the issue and the court opted to not make any changes.

Robinson said that the current LJ district has only a few homes on Wilson Creek Road and it would not have any territory in the new Southeast district. But Hartlage said the area was in the proposed LJ district.

Roberts said she would sign the paperwork allowing the tracts on the south side of Belmont Road to be included in the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District.