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County judge thinks planning commission has gone too far

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By Lydelle Abbott

Judge Executive Dean Watts sent a message to the Planning Commission Tuesday after a vote by Nelson County Fiscal Court magistrates regarding a rezoning request. All voting magistrates approved to rezone the estate of Nathaniel Duncan, Jr., .57 acres on KY 245 and Lutheran Church Road. Watts made sure his opposition to the vote was placed in the record. by The request to rezone the acreage from A-1 agricultural to B-1 business rubbed Watts the wrong way.

“Enough’s enough,” he said, adding that the Planning Commission has permitted too much commercial property in that area already. The commission voted unanimously for the rezoning 10-0.

Fourth District Magistrate Tim Hutchins made a motion to approve the request with stipulations that included adding a buffer zone between the property and residential neighbors and that if the property owner does house a business in the existing building that they are approved by the Design Review Board to bring the building up to modern standards.

First District Magistrate Maynard Wimsett was absent.

Dead animal pick-up

Adam Wheatley, representing the Nelson County Livestock Improvement Program donated a check for $8,500 to contribute to dead animal pickup. Pickup is taken care of by the solid waste department and is a free service to recipients. Wheatley said the program is environmentally friendly and important for an agricultural community.

In other news, Nelson Fiscal Court:

• Reappointed Linda Wells to the Planning Commission;

• Appointed Chuck Parrish and Ted Burnoff to the Tourism Board;

• Approved a $60 million industrial revenue bond for Flowers Foods Inc.; and

• Heard a proclamation designating Nov. 30, 2007 as Nelson County Reading Day.