HARRODSBURG - The owners of Aspen Hall are appealing a ruling made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals concerning activities held at the historic home.
Jill and Andrew Romero, owners of the bed and breakfast, have filed an appeal and a petition for the declaration of rights and name members of local governmental bodies as defendants in the case.
Included in the long list defendants are the members of the Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Board of Adjustments and Appeals, the Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission, the Harrodsburg mayor, the four commissioners on the Harrodsburg City Commission, Mercer County judge-executive and six magistrates who make up Mercer County Fiscal Court. While all members of these bodies are named, they are listed only because of their official capacities.
The only person signaled out for specific complaints is Bob Upchurch, the chairman of both the zoning panel and the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. In the portion of the complaint asking for a declaration of rights, Upchurch's service on both boards is called a conflict of interest and states that a portion of state law governing the two boards is unconstitutional and invalid. The Romeros' rights "were prejudiced by Upchurch's participation" in meetings of the zoning panel and board of appeals.