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Brownsboro residents hope to establish village

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Potential mayor, city commissioners listed in court documents

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Some Brownsboro residents hope to incorporate a portion of the community as the Village of Brownsboro, while others say incorporating the area as a sixth-class city could be costly. 

A petition to incorporate the proposed Village of Brownsboro was filed May 22 with the Oldham Circuit Court Clerk. 

According to a legal advertisement in May 31 edition of The Oldham Era, individuals who oppose establishing the Village of Brownsboro had until 4 p.m. Monday to file a written objection.

In the petition, property owners recommend that Gary Keibler serve as mayor of the Village of Brownsboro and that Gerald Meier, Richard Bergman, Nina Bonnie and Don Hall serve as commissioners. 

Just a few minutes before Monday’s deadline, Andrew Howell, the attorney representing petitioners, said he had one written objection in hand and individuals waiting in the lobby to file similar objections. 

Howell received a letter of opposition from representatives of Rogers Group/Oldham County Stone, the quarry located on Ky. 329 across from the Brownsboro Community Center; and a similar letter from Strata Space, Rogers Group’s affiliate company.

Both letters state the companies are concerned about the vagueness of the court filings. 

“There is no mention of the reasons for the incorporation, nor any justification of why those services provided by the city would do more than merely replace existing services that have been excellent for nearly half a century,” the letters state. 

Written opposition also came from Brownsboro resident Robert A. “Bob” Jones, who stated he believes the petition to incorporate Brownsboro is deficient.

“It lacks a detailed statement of the reasons for incorporation and merely speaks in generalities,” he wrote. 

Jones also wrote that it is “interesting” that the petition was filed May 22 but wasn’t advertised until May 31. 

In addition, about 70 residents signed a separate petition stating that they believe incorporation of Brownsboro could lead to unusually high taxes in order to provide city services. 

Howell said many of the signatures came from property owners outside the proposed incorporated area. According to court documents, there are 433 residents in the proposed territory.

Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele filed a two-sentence opposition to the petition on behalf of Oldham County Fiscal Court, simply stating “the county has not had ample time to examine all documents related to the incorporation.”

A hearing for the petition is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday in Oldham circuit court. 

Judge Karen Conrad will determine whether to grant the petition to establish the proposed Village of Brownsboro, although Howell expects the hearing could be rescheduled as the allotted time for the circuit court hearing is only 30 minutes. 

 

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