Garrard County's farm will be sold with restrictions

April 14, 2004|JIM LOGAN

LANCASTER - Garrard Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved deed restrictions for the 28 tracts of the county farm that will be auctioned May 8 to pay down the county's debts.

The restrictions are intended to ensure basic standards for the presumed subdivision that will follow the farm's sale. They were suggested by Danny Ayres, who was selected last month by magistrates to conduct the auction.

The restrictions are: no mobile or modular homes allowed; minimum square feet for houses of 1,400 square feet of living space with attached two-car garages; minimum front setback line in front of property on Perry Rogers and Poor House roads is 50 feet, with a side setback line of 10 feet; no junk or salvage yards; and no more than one residence per tract.

Magistrate Joe Leavell questioned why tracts as large as 11 acres should be limited to single homes. Some families, he said, like to build second homes on their properties for their children. Larry Teater questioned the requirement for two-car garages.


Summoned to the court for answers, Ayres told the magistrates that the restrictions were simply a starting point for consideration. The exact nature and number of restrictions were the court's responsibility.

"You can add to it or subtract from it," he said of the list of restrictions. "It's up to the court. I just suggested it."

At one point, Cliff-Ed Irvin stood up and told the magistrates that the discussion of restrictions proves the need for planning and zoning in the county. None currently exists, although the county Planning Commission is attempting to draft a comprehensive plan.

After about 20 minutes of examining plats of the proposed tracts, the magistrates decided to adopt the restrictions as suggested by Ayres.

The magistrates voted to adopted the restriction unanimously.

The sale of the farm, which the Fiscal Court approved last month, is expected to raise about $350,000. All proceeds will go toward the county's $4.5 million debt to the Kentucky Association of Counties, which loaned the money in 2001 in an effort to save Garrard County Memorial Hospital. It closed last summer.

Magistrates voted 5-0 Tuesday to put all proceeds from the farm sale, the new 6 percent insurance tax and the 1 percent occupational tax toward the county's KACO debt.

The ordinance, which was proposed by Leavell and appears certain to pass, will get a second hearing at next month's meeting.

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