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Henderson Board of Commissioners Hear 1st Reading of Ordinance on Indoor Shooting Range, Amended Property Maintenance

Henderson Board of Commissioners Hear 1st Reading of Ordinance on Indoor Shooting Range, Amended Property Maintenance

Bill Stephens

June 29th, 2016

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HENDERSON, KY, June 28, 2016– A second reading of an ordinance regulating the height of grass in the property maintenance ordinance, and a first reading of an ordinance that would allow an indoor shooting range as a conditional use came before the Henderson Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday night.

The Property Maintenance Code clarifies that the height of grass must be 10 inches before the City has the power to cut the grass at the expense of the property owner.

The Henderson City-County Planning Commission reviewed the question of what zones would allow an indoor shooting range in a public hearing on June 7, and recommended an amendment that would allow an indoor shooting range in highway commercial, light industrial, heavy industrial and agriculture districts.

Such an enterprise would be defined as being designed for shooting at targets with bows and arrows, rifles, pistols or shotguns for target practice or temporary competitions, and would have to comply with all federal, state and local regulations.

The commission conducted these other items of business:

–  Passed the second reading of an ordinance making some amendments to the 2016 budget that relate to street repairs, disposal fees at the transfer station and expenses related to employee health insurance claims.

–  Approved an amendment to the ordinance regulating alcoholic beverages that brings it in line with Senate Bill 11 recently passed by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law in April. The ordinance allows for two classes of rectifier licenses (the City currently has no such licenses issued), allows a special temporary alcoholic auction license and set the expiration date of City license to coincide with state ABC license.

–  Passed the first reading of an ordinance accepting sidewalk improvements in Gardenside commercial subdivision.

–  Approved a resolution approving reimbursement of supplemental health insurance premiums up to $239 per month for eligible Civil Service Pension retirees and spouses. It represents a $2 increase from Fiscal 2016.

–  Passed resolution authorizing extension of sewer service outside the City limits to Finley Addition. The provision affects 27 properties.

–  Approved municipal orders approving a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment for City employees and declined to approve a .7 percent COLA for commissioners.

–  Approved a consent agenda authorizing: Grant submission to Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for a new 911 phone system ($280,000); adoption of the municipal road aid program for Fiscal 2017; and funding for the Henderson City-County Airport ($136,366), Downtown Henderson Partnership ($46,000), Kyndle ($60,000), Humane Society of Henderson County Inc. ($9,166.67 monthly); agreement with the Henderson County Tourist Commission regarding personnel for the Henderson Welcome Center; approval of a Community Development Block Grant for the Father Bradley Shelter for Women and Children Inc.; funding for the Planning Commission and GIS; and agreement with Community One Inc. ($25,000).

–  The Commission heard a proclamation honoring “The 2016 Word Changers” volunteers and their service in Henderson. Community Development Specialist Tammy Willett spoke to the board about the contributions of World Changers to the community over a 11-year relationship. She said the organization has worked on 213 local properties and estimated the value of their work at $1 million.

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is 5:30 p.m., July 12, in the Assembly Room.

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