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By The Staff

NOHS gym won’t be ready for OCHS game

The North Oldham vs. Oldham County basketball games will not take place in North Oldham High School’s new gym Jan. 16, as construction won’t be finished in time, Oldham County Schools Architect Aric Andrew said.

The new target date to have the gym complete is Feb. 7, possibly in time for district basketball tournaments, Andrew said.

He said the gym was originally scheduled for completion Dec. 1, but besides weather delays, an unanticipated order from the state to construct major firewalls set back construction 42 days.

Superintendent Paul Upchurch said all parents were notified by letter Tuesday and staff were notified by e-mail.

City of Crestwood separates from OCSD

The Crestwood Sewer District is going back to the way it used to be. The Crestwood City Council adopted an ordinance at a special called meeting Dec. 10 dissolving their ties with the Oldham County Sewer District. This reverts control back to the way it was from 2000-05, before the two districts merged.

Mayor Dennis Deibel said he chose to separate after Oldham County Fiscal Court chose to outsource control of the Oldham County Sewer District.

“That isn’t what Crestwood signed on for,” he said.

He said Crestwood residents will see no change whatsoever in their service or their costs as Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District has operated their district all along and will continue to do so.

16-year school board veteran retires

He first served on the Oldham County Board of Education with a budget of about $10 million. It’s now over $100 million and the meetings don’t go hours past midnight


Carroll David Hancock joined the school board in 1992, and attended his last board meeting Monday. He said he planned to retire before his last term, but stayed on to help find a qualified superintendent to replace Blake Haselton, Hancock said.

“I feel comfortable leaving now,” he said.

That replacement, Paul Upchurch, commended Hancock for his practical leadership. He pointed out that seven years ago, Hancock questioned why they should spend $7 million to renovate Crestwood Elementary School – full of problems – when they could build a new facility for not much more money on the same site.

Upchurch also presented Hancock with a plaque designating him as a Kentucky Colonel Monday night.

City of River Bluff meeting canceled

City of River Bluff officials have canceled the city’s monthly meeting originally scheduled Tuesday. 

The next meeting will take place Jan. 27.

Neighbors of dilapidated house on Sleepy Hollow road seek action

Six residents of Sleepy Hollow Road have signed a petition for the removal of a dilapidated structure nearby.

The structure, which was once a house, is owned by Nancy J. Penny and is located at 10519 Sleepy Hollow Road. Residents say a tree fell through the house Dec. 16, 2007, and has yet to be cleaned up. They complain that the house is destroyed, with pieces scattered throughout the lot. 

The property owner has not responded to notices of violation and has neglected the property. 

Oldham County Fiscal Court declared the house a dilapidated structure Tuesday and voted to allow county attorney John Fendley to resolve the matter. 

Storm water public hearing scheduled Jan. 6

Members of the fiscal court heard the first reading Tuesday of an ordinance establishing the base rate for a fee that will serve to maintain and improve storm water quality in Oldham County.

The rate, which storm water board chairman Kevin Eldridge presented, would be per 6,000 sq. ft. of equivalent residential units. The board, Eldridge said, proposed a rate of $3.91 per month for the first year – of a five-year permit – and said he and other board members believe though the program will change, the rate, charged in an annual bill, will cover the cost of the program for the first year.

The second reading and public hearing will be 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in the Fiscal Court room.