Mercer grants waiver for subdivision street

November 11, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Mercer County Fiscal Court has granted a waiver to two men developing an eight-lot subdivision off of Chimney Rock Road.

Pete McEachern and Dwight Cotton requested a waiver on the required width of the road going through the subdivision to protect old oak trees growing near the road's planned location. They discussed the issue with court members when the court met Tuesday morning.

The men appeared before Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission last week, saying the private road they proposed is 18 feet wide. They were told that the county's zoning ordinance requires roads to be 20 feet wide, and the only way to build the road within the law was to get a waiver from Fiscal Court.

Chimney Rock Road is also private and is 16 feet wide, McEachern and Cotton said, They also said that the homeowners in the subdivision will be members of the Chimney Rock Neighborhood Association.


The road, which may be damaged later by the growth of trees' roots, will be the responsibility of the property owners. The road will not receive any county road services such as repairs or snow clearing.

Addressing another matter, Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler told the court that the legislature has changed the law governing handicapped parking spaces. The fine for violating the law has risen to $250. The fines had been between $10-$100 for people who do not have plates or cards with handicapped designations who parked in spaces reserved for the handicapped.

Trisler said letters have been sent to Harrodsburg Police Department, Burgin Police Department, Mercer County Sheriff's office, and mayors of Harrodsburg and Burgin explaining the change. Ten percent of the money collected for violations will stay with the agency issuing citations.

The court ended its meeting after a 55-minute closed session to discuss personnel. Trisler said the purpose of the meeting was to set starting salaries for temporary and full-time road department employees and to discuss hiring road department personnel.

No hiring decision was made, but the court voted to pay temporary workers $7.50 and hour and full-time personnel $8.50 an hour.

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