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UPDATE: County debris site to close March 3

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Fiscal Court determined that an original plan to keep a debris site open to the public for months was not financially feasible.

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A decision was made to close the site, located at the Bullitt county Stockyards, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 3.

The date was selected because it falls on the day of the next Fiscal Court meeting. Officials said further issues would be discussed and any necessary further actions taken during that meeting.

Because of the large amount of debris collected, along with maintaining the site and securing it 24 hours, magistrate Joe Laswell said the county was already paying over $200,000 for services. Fiscal Court members agreed that the county couldn't afford the services for another four months.

FEMA funding was made available to the county, though Laswell said it would take longer than a year to be reimbursed.

County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said the county would not enter a contract to have the state remove debris from the area.

"Our county and our cities, with the help of our road department agencies, are 60 to 80 percent ahead of the game," Roberts said.

Magistrate Buddy Shepherd publicly thanked the entire community for helping with the debris removal.

With a county timeline in place, Roberts mentioned that many county residents were disabled or unable to remove debris from their properties. She said local organizations and church groups were donating efforts toassist in debris removal.

The county debris collection site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Hours for Saturday and Sunday will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

All Bullitt County residents, or contractors hired to haul away yard waste from the ice storm, are allowed to take the brush to the facility free of charge.

In Hillview, works foreman Jim Bohannon said residents should move the debris to the edge of the road and city workers will pick it up.

In Shepherdsville, works crews are going along roadsides to collect tree limbs.

In Mount Washington, storm debris such as limbs and stumps can be dropped off at a lot on the southeast corner of the bypass and Old Bardstown Road from sunrise to sunset Monday through Saturday.

Lebanon Junction has already set up a site next to its old water plant to collect debris.