City Council tables Hazle issue

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Delay granted for medical reasons

By Linda Ireland

Monday night, Hodgenville City Council voted to table discussion of the Charles “Red” Hazle building due to the owner’s health problems.

The concrete block structure on the corner of North Walters Avenue and West Water Street has been a source of contention between Hazle and the council since 2003 when the council attempted to have it razed.

Hazle went to court and was able to stop the proceedings. He agreed to make improvements to the building and has been reporting his progress every month or so to the council.

Mayor Terry Cruse said Hazle brought a medical statement to his office Monday. Hazle didn’t think he would be able to attend the meeting, according to Cruse.

Councilman James Phelps Jr. made a motion to table the matter “indefinitely” until Hazle’s health improves.

The motion carried, with no objections.

In other business:

•The council approved amendments to the zoning ordinance. Building permits are now good for six months instead of 12 months and road frontage on agriculture land is now 50 feet instead of 100 feet.

•The council heard a report from Main Street president Larry Davis. Davis said the committee is planning a booth at the Extension Expo March 21 and is working on a brass quintet festival for high school bands May 9.

 •Cruse reported Creekfront Park was cleared of fallen limbs through a LaRue County Conservation District grant. He hired Tim Robertson and Routt Construction to complete the work.

•Cruse asked the council if they wished to “take further steps” in storm debris cleanup. March 4 was the last day for residents to utilize a drop-off at the LaRue County Fairgrounds. None of the council members voiced an opinion.

•Cruse asked if the council wished to rent out the old city hall building pending the result of a lawsuit. Phelps made a motion to rent the building and authorize Cruse to negotiate the price. The proposal was approved unanimously.