Variances approved to assist businesses in marketing efforts

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Businesses need signage and that was a common point of discussion for members of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment.

One commercial facility wanted to go electronic and the other wanted to go high up into the air.

Jesse Flynn, whose company operates a commercial retail center on Cedar Grove Road at the entrance of the business park, was looking for a way to help his tenants. It would also help beautify the entrance of the business park.

Tim Story, a representative of Smart LED Signs, said that assistance could come in the form of an electronic sign mounted above the existing monument sign.

The sign would be 64 square feet in size, which when added to the existing sign, would need a variance to the 200 square feet allowed.

Story said that the message board would serve the 14 tenants, who are looking for more visibility and more business to their establishments.

The message will be seen to the eastbound motorists.

Flynn said several of the businesses are now putting up temporary yard signs to attract customers and that is not very atrractive. He felt the electronic sign would eliminate those signs and help the businesses.

The board unanimously approved the variance.

The second sign issue dealt with a high-rise sign for the White Castle, which is currently under remodeling in Shepherdsville.

The sign will not need a variance for the 100-foot tall sign, which was blown down 20 years ago.

Instead, the variance would be to allow the size to be 247 square feet in size, which is larger than the 200 square foot allowed.

The board unanimously approved the variance. The new restaurant should be reopened in about a month.

In other matters:

*Chairman Morris Longacre had the opportunity to break six tie votes.

The six issues involved variances needed for two lots in Cherry Hill Subdivision.

On each of the six, Longacre broke a 2-2 tie in favor of granting the variances.

*Shannon Shepherd received a conditional-use permit for a child care center on Apollo Drive in Mount Washington.

She said the facility had previously been used for a day care. She will have a maximum of 70 youngsters.

The board unanimously granted the conditional-use permit.

*Louise McAlister received a variance to build a metal storage building on property at 1975 N. Bardstown Road. There is a body shop on the property and the building will be used for storage.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. The public is invited.