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The Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments has provided a tape recording of a closed meeting to The LaRue County Herald News.
The newspaper filed a formal complaint with the BOA after a June 2 meeting. The board went into closed session to discuss conditions to place on a request for a sawmill on Sonora Road.
Governing bodies can enter into closed session for only a few reasons – mainly discussion of specific personnel, land transaction or pending litigation – according to the state’s Open Meeting Law.
Jim Whitlow, acting chairman, said there was a possibility of litigation, whatever decision the board reached.
The Herald asked also for an acknowledgement by the Board that the closed session was a violation of the Open Meeting Law. It has not been received.
The tape recording revealed the board members, who had asked Planning and Zoning Administrator Bud Ireland to remain in the room, discussing the conditions they would like to see placed on the property.
After the executive session, they granted Mose Yoder the conditional use permit.
Stipulations placed on the Yoders’ sawmill include:
• Operation between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
• Keep all permits up to date.
• No backing into the lot from Ky. 84 – or backing into the roadway from the lot
• A visible sign at the driveway, advising of no backing-up into the lot
• Adequate gravel in the turnaround
• Watering the sawdust
• All motors must have mufflers
• Sawdust piles cannot exceed 10-feet – and eventually no sawdust stored on premises at all.
• All conditions must be met by the Nov. 24 meeting.