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Magistrates: Trimble property was improperly subdivided
, Courier Staff Writer
Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:00 AM
Trimble County Fiscal Court members told developers Friday that a piece of land near Milton had been improperly subdivided according to the county's regulations.
Magistrates held a special meeting to discuss the legalities of bringing property near KY 36 just outside the Milton city limits into accordance with county ordinances. At the November meeting, Madison businessman Mike Taylor of Mike Taylor Auctions told the Fiscal Court that he had purchased the land to resell as recreational use, yet he had not received approval from magistrates before subdividing the property.
Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell said his research led him to believe that the property could not be sold to the current specifications.
"It is my opinion that this is not a recreational park," Powell said.
The property owners would have to go through the state for approval to be considered as a recreational park or land, magistrate Steven Stark said.
County attorney Perry Arnold said ordinances pertaining to subdivision of property were not followed when the property was split.
"Our ordinance clearly says application to Fiscal Court," Arnold said.
Arnold also outlined several other issues with the property as it is planned now. He said ordinances and regulations, which were enacted in 1998, specifically states how subdivided land can be sold because of issues in the past.
"In the past, people were buying lots thinking there were (utilities) when there were not," Arnold said, and that subdivision road maintenance had become an issue throughout the years.
Arnold noted that each lot will have to be at least one acre with 200 feet of road frontage, and each lot will need to be accessible to utilities. An encroachment will also need to be approved by the state to allow access to all seven lots.
"There's several things you're going to have to accomplish," Arnold told the property's owners.
Also at the meeting, magistrates held an executive session to discuss the employment of Trimble County Animal Control Officer Susan Guzzardo.
Powell announced after the executive session that Guzzardo no longer works for the county. No reason was given for her departure.
Her last day at as the animal control officer was Tuesday, Powell said after the meeting. Guzzardo's first day on the job the county's top animal control officer was July 16.
Magistrates agreed to pay Guzzardo for the current pay period, which ended Friday, in addition to 30 hours of comp time that had been earned during her employment. Guzzardo's health and life insurance, which was part of her employment benefits, will end Dec. 31.
In other business:
Magistrates approved the second reading of an emergency management mutual aid and assistance agreement with Kentucky Emergency Management.
Magistrates agreed to hold the issue of entering into a contract for a medical compliance service for Trimble County EMS.
Powell said he spoke with several judge-executives during a recent conference. No one seemed to know of any Medicare or Medicaid compliance being mandated by the state, and Trimble County EMS Director Sharon Law had been gathering additional information since the last meeting.
"I'm in favor of putting a hold on it until we get more information," Powell said.
Magistrates unanimously approved $3,255 to purchase mobile radios for the county's road trucks. The radios will be able to communicate with area law enforcement.
Magistrates heard discussions on a contract for a county electrical inspector. Powell told magistrates that the state now requires counties to have a contract on record for an inspector.
Powell said he had contacted Jack McKinney, but McKinney wasn't interested in signing a contract. Magistrates asked if McKinney was aware of the new state regulation, and the Fiscal Court decided to table the contract until someone could make sure McKinney understood the changes.
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