Special judge will preside over Brownsboro’s city status

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

The judge assigned to hear a case brought by Brownsboro residents who hope to incorporate the area has requested a special judge take her place. 

Judge Karen Conrad recused herself from the case on June 8.

She told a packed courtroom of Brownsboro residents and county officials that she thinks it will be an interesting case to hear.

A special judge will be appointed to hear the case. 

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. 

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. 

Attorneys for the residents who hope to incorporate the area 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. 

Andrew Howell, one of the residents’ attorneys, 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.”


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