Over 500 acres may be opened up for new industry

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- If light industrial customers are looking for a place to relocate, the Shepherdsville City Council just opened up over 530 acres for development.

The council unanimously voted to rezone 532 acres from Agricultural to Light Industrial around the future interchange on Interstate 65.

The property could not be developed — other than site work preparing for infrastructure — until bids are let on the interchange, which is just south of the current Exit 116 at Cedar Grove Road.

Rolling Acres Farms and Electron Properties will be the developers.

The land sits west of I-65 and east of Preston Highway.

The lone person to speak against the rezoning was Fred Walls.

His concern was traffic on Preston Highway. If there is a problem on I-65, Walls said Preston Highway becomes bumper to bumper.

“We have to live with this,” said Walls.

He said a new road is needed somewhere to deal with the congestion.

City attorney Walter Sholar said that Highway 61 is a state road and Shepherdsville would have no control or no ability to make improvements.

Council member Gloria Taft said there should not be a lot of activity on the property until the bids are let, which is scheduled for September 2018.

In other business:

*The Shepherdsville Government Center is now truly owned by the city.

The final payment of $200,000 was made.

Flynn Bros. Construction built the facility on Conestoga Parkway 20 years ago and the city made annual payments.

With the payment made in October, the facility is now totally owned by the city of Shepherdsville.

*Code enforcement officer John Bradley said a board needs to be set up to consider appeals.

Three individuals and two alternates are needed.

He is also recommending a change in the fines. Currently, fines are as low as $10 for each violation.

Bradley will propose to the council an increase to $500 for the first offense; $750 for the second; and, $1,000 for the third and subsequent offense.

The biggest task on Bradley’s plate will be investigating over 500 individuals who are delinquent on their garbage bills.

Under the new ordinance, Eco-Tech can now cut off service. The city would be notified and Bradley would be responsible for following up.

Every residence in Shepherdsville is required to have garbage service through the contracted carrier.

Bradley said they would be cited if there is any garbage left on their property.

Mayor Curtis Hockenbury said he was looking for a way to provide Bradley with some assistance.

*Community development manager Faith Portman said the twice-monthly Farmers Market was a success and would return in the spring.

The craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the city government center has over 60 vendors for the first-time event. It starts at 9 a.m.

The public is invited.

On Nov. 25, Portman said there will be a Shop Small event in the city.

And the annual Light Up Shepherdsville will be moved to Saturday this year.

The event will be centered around Santa’s arrival at the front part of the First Street Park on Saturday, Dec. 2.

A parade is being planned that will conclude at the city park.

Portman said downtown businesses are being encouraged to participate.

Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will again be a partner in the holiday event.

*Councilmember Lisa Carter said work is continuing to get a crosswalk on Highway 44 East in front of Bullitt Central High.

An application must be completed for the state to consider the request.

*The Toys for Tots parade through Shepherdsville will be on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The parade begins with a toy collection in Hillview at the Tractor Supply parking lot.

At around 1 p.m., the hundreds of bikers will make their way through Shepherdsville to the conference center.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. The public is invited to attend.