Fiscal court says ruling on adult book store stands

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 Magistrate Rodney Durr left no doubt how he planned to vote on a zoning change request for the company planning to open an adult book store in the Monkey’s Eyebrow section of western Anderson County.

“I pray for those planning to open a certain business in our county, Lord,” said Durr, who opened Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court with the invocation.

“I pray you change their hearts and show them they’re wrong.”

Durr later made a motion to accept a previous Anderson County Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the company, BGP Industries, a request to change zoning on a piece of land across from the store from agriculture to business. Magistrate Steve Drury seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by the fiscal court.

Aside from Durr’s prayer, there was no other discussion about the issue, including from several people who there who have previously expressed opposition.

Before the vote, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton explained why the matter was before the fiscal court. Gritton said by statute, the fiscal court had 90 days to accept the findings of the planning and zoning commission or reject those findings.

Following the vote, Gritton emphasized that the fiscal court’s “yes” vote means it agrees with the planning and zoning decision.

“We support their decision, 100 percent, and thank planning and zoning. They did yeoman’s work on this, especially [planning and zoning secretary] Renee Durr.

“She’s a superstar at what she does.”

As was the case with the planning and zoning decision, the fiscal court’s vote does not impede BGP Industries from opening an adult bookstore in what was previously Spark’s general store, a small building located just off the Bluegrass Parkway. Because the store was already zoned for business and no local ordinances exist that restrict adult books stores and similar businesses, the owners are free to open that type of business in that location.

The owners requested the zoning change for land across the street from the store, ostensibly for parking and as a turn-around for tractor-trailers.

The owners were not at Tuesday’s meeting.

Retired deputy coroner honored

Deputy coroner Danny Caudill received a plaque from the fiscal court during Tuesday’s meeting, thanking him for his years of service with the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.

Caudill, a retired judge, said he sustained an injury while working, which has forced him to retire.

Coroner Mark Tussey, MD, told a story about how while his office was processing a shooting incident, a state trooper told him that Anderson County has the best coroner’s office and county attorney’s office in Kentucky.

“The deputies treat this job as I do,” said Tussey. “They treat it as a ministry.”

Caudill said he has worked around other coroner’s offices through the years.

“I haven’t seen any better than in Anderson County,” he said after accepting his plaque, noting that Tussey told him two things when he joined as a deputy.

“One was to be professional,” Caudill said. “Two was to be compassionate. I thought that was just as important, and so does he.”


Transportation officials

visit for ‘listening tour’

Officials with the state’s Transportation Cabinet visited the meeting and later toured local roads with Gritton as part of what is being called the cabinet’s listening tour.

Rural & Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II  addressed magistrates during the meeting, saying Gov. Matt Bevin is determined to make sure Kentucky’s infrastructure is suited to continue attracting industry.

“Our job in the Transportation Cabinet is to see [Gov. Bevin’s] vision come to fruition,” said Tomblyn, who laid out the success Bevin’s administration has in bringing industry to Kentucky, the state’s record number of people working and low unemployment rate.

“The governor’s initiative is jobs, jobs, jobs. The media has dubbed this our listening tour, and we need your feedback on what you need.”

Tomblyn emphasized that Bevin insists politics play no role in funding local highway projects.

“We don’t have Kentucky Democrat roads or Kentucky Republican road,” he said. “We have roads for Kentuckians.”