Court gives zoning change OK on second try

By Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
Mason County -

After almost a year and going through the process for the second time, Kelly Bradford may finally get the zoning change he has been seeking.

On Tuesday, Mason County Commissioners held the first reading of an ordinance adopting recommendations of the Maysville-Mason County Joint Planning Commission to rezone Bradford’s property from Agricultural A-2 to General Business B-1. Bradford is seeking the change so the property on Kentucky 11 near the intersection of Kentucky 9 AA Highway can be utilized as an auto impound lot.

The JPC originally considered the change and made the recommendation in May 2017 but the county rejected the recommendation because of the lack of an ordinance regulating such businesses. Following flash flooding last summer, the county and city enacted an ordinance which more closely regulates salvage yards and similar businesses.

Bradford had since resubmitted his request leading to Tuesday’s first reading of the ordinance. A second reading is set for a later meeting yet to be scheduled,

If the ordinance passes the second reading, Bradford must acquire a conditional use permit from the Board of Adjustment for the property.

Another resubmission for consideration by the JPC and the court ended in the same result on the second try.

Acting on the recommendation of the JPC, commissioners rejected the request to rezone property along Kentucky 9 AA Highway for a new business venture.

At issue is a 9.9-acre site at the intersection of Kentucky 9 AA Highway and Water Tower Road at Rectorville. The property is owned by Deborah Howes who bought it to develop as a commercial property.

Howes resubmitted her application to the JPC, asking that the property be rezoned from agriculture to community. In her application, Howes said she planned to build and operate a drive-thru convenience store at the site.

Also Tuesday, commissioners:

— Agreed to pay the costs of material to resupply county volunteer fire departments’ absorbent material after they expended supplies during a diesel fuel spill. The departments expected to be reimbursed by the insurance of the company which owned the truck that overturned.

After ordering the material and receiving a bill for $3,300, Lewisburg Fire Chief David Kalb said the department learned the insurance company only covered $1,000 of the material cost and none of the man-hours invested in the clean-up.

The county agreed to pay the cost and County Attorney John Estill said he would try to recover the funds on the county’s behalf from the company responsible for the spill.

— Appointed Judy Birt as acting fiscal court clerk in the absence of County Clerk Stephanie Schumacher.

— Heard reports from the Road Department, Animal Shelter, Sheriff, Landfill, Recycling Center and Solid Waste, Detention Center and Treasurer.

— Approved a resolution in support of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security applications.

— Approved Buffalo Trace Road Commission cooperative bids.

— Approved an agreement with the Albert Sydney Johnston Fund Corp.

— Heard an Arbor Day proclamation from County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer.

Mason County County

By Mary Ann Kearns

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