Dilapidated addition scheduled for demolition at historic Diamond Point

April 14, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - City government has agreed to work with Mercer County officials to remove a section added to the back of the historic home being renovated by Harrodsburg First.

David Shewmaker, president of the city's Main Street program, and Executive Director Amy Sparrow were on hand at the Harrodsburg City Commission meeting Tuesday evening.

Shewmaker told commissioners that the board is running low on funds for work needed on Diamond Point, and he asked the city to work with the county to tear down the dilapidated section of the house so it can be replaced by a fire-proof stairway. The section was added to the home long after it was built and holds no historic value.

Sparrow said the work could be a part of the in-kind contribution by the city to meet the local match of a grant to be used to renovate the home. Shewmaker said it would save the board about $20,000, th estimated cost for tearing it down.


Shewmaker made the same request to Mercer County Fiscal Court earlier in the day.

Helping to defray costs of track meet

In another joint effort of the two governmental bodies, the commission agreed to donate $210 to help defray the costs of a track meet at Harrodsburg High School later this month. Track Coach Terry Yeast said the all-day Heart of the Bluegrass meet will be one of the largest track meets in the state this year.

Harrodsburg Mayor Lonnie Campbell said he understood that the county agreed to contribute half of the $420 needed to buy T-shirts for the staff if the city would do the same. It did. Yeast told the City Commission that the shirts will make the staff of the meet identifiable.

Deal worked out with Shaker Village

Dealing with another issue, Commissioner Eddie Long told the commissioners that a deal had been struck between officials at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and the city. The agreement settled a long-standing dispute that might have become a lawsuit had the agreement not been made.

Officials at the historic site and city officials have maintained there is a leak in the water lines from the city to the village, each maintaining it was the other's responsibility. At the same time, the city uses a road every day that is owned by the village to reach the city's water lines to the Kentucky River.

Long said the city will give an annual credit on the water bills of $1,250 over the last 14 years, the length of the dispute, and in the future will pay the village the same amount for the upkeep of the roadway. City Attorney David Taylor said the city has an easement in writing for the use of the road.

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