BACK IN TIME: 2004 - Neighbors oppose The Orchards at Plum Creek development

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60 Years Ago
June 10, 1954

Open Meeting On Burley June 19th
The burley tobacco situation will be discussed at an open meeting of the Burley Auction Warehouse Association to be held in Lexington at the Guignol Theater in the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building, June 15, at 9:30 a.m. Senator John Sherman Cooper and former Vice-President Alben W. Barkley will join leaders of the tobacco industry in the discussion.
Albert G. Clay, president of the Association, made the announcement and said the public is invited to hear this top-level discussion of tobacco production and marketing problems.

Kentucky could well “point with pride” as it observes Dairy Month in June, to the fact that ninety-eight percent of all market milk in the state is pasteurized, stated Sara V. Dugan, Director of Foods and Drugs, Kentucky State Department of Health.
“Market milk” is milk for sale commercially through dairies or in restaurants and groceries. In Spencer County, 100 percent of the market milk is pasteurized, according to W. S. Pickett, Administrator, Spencer County Health Department.
“Home pasteurization of milk is a must for those Kentuckians who do not have market pasteurized milk available,” Mrs. Dugan stresses. Unpasteurized milk may cause many diseases.

50 Years Ago
June 11, 1964
Phone Executives Brief Chamber On Spencer Plans
Chances are that Spencer County telephone subscribers may be calling the Mt. Eden exchange at a future date. Manager Art Willett and C. L. Scott, manager in charge of operations in the Danville District, briefed the Chamber of Commerce here on Southern Bell plans Monday night.
The two men admitted a difficult situation in Spencer County, but stated steps are being taken to correct as many of obstacles as possible. Scott said the phone system here “just grew up” and existing boundaries resulted. He told the Chamber the company tries to stick to its boundaries, but at the same time attempts to be human.
A survey is presently underway in the Mt. Eden area. Scott said there are 325 subscribers in the Mt. Eden exchange, with 109 being in Spencer County. There are nine on Hickory Ridge who want phone service, Scott said, which will involve 13,000 feet of cable and 28,000 feet of wire; total cost would be $10,000. Service for these nine, he said, will be ready early next year.
To switch the 109 in the Mt. Eden exchange to toll-free within Spencer, the phone company would take a $26,000 penalty, but it is very probable that this will be done, he said. Total cost is estimated at $41.000.
Willett expects to present results of the survey and a detailed report at the July meeting of the Chamber.
Solving the problem of toll charges for emergency calls, such as for fire, etc., Willett said subscribers need only notify the business office at Bardstown and they will receive credit on their phone bills.

40 Years Ago
June 13, 1974
Bicentennial Style Show Saturday night was a crowd-pleaser
Excitement continues to mount as plans become complete for the gigantic Spencer County Bicentennial celebration.
The festival, which is set for July 22-27 is to be “one of the largest in the state,” according to Bicentennial chairman Irvin Graff.
“This celebration,” stated Graff, “has a threefold purpose. We are observing the 200th anniversary of the state of Kentucky, the 175th birthday of Taylorsville, and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Spencer County.”
In observance of the anniversaries, the Bicentennial committee has scheduled public events approximately every 30 minutes of the day during the festival week.
Among the “old time” scheduled events are: “way back when” shoot outs, antique car exhibits, horseshoe throwing games, rail splitting and log sawing trials, tobacco chewing and watermelon eating contests.
There are also “modern day events” such as a rock concert by Tequila Sunrise, Presto the clown, puppet shows, pie eating contests, and the burial of the Spencer County Bicentennial time capsule.
A historical drama depicting the rise of Spencer County called The Spectacle, will be presented on a large 250 foot stage to be constructed in the ballpark. It is to be professionally directed and a local cast including over 250 residents of the county in all phases of the Spectacle.
Various members of the “Brothers of the Brush” and the “Spencer County Belles” will promenade throughout the town on four successive Friday evenings, starting June 28, preceding Bicentennial week.

30 Years Ago
June 14, 1984
Industrial Park Committee Meets; More Meetings Are Planned
Chairman Gilbert Ruble called a meeting of the Industrial Park Committee members on June 8. Attending were J.C. Smith and Carol Bennett. Max Reed was out of town.
Chairman Ruble presented the idea of an Industrial Park before the Fiscal Court June 11. On June 12 he presented the idea to the Executive Members of The Peoples Bank. Meetings are planned with the Ruritan and Business and Professional Women’s Club. Also the Spencer County Rural Development Committee.
Upon meeting with the Fiscal Court and the County Judge Monday, they presented the Industrial Park idea. After hearing the presentation and discussion, the fiscal court made a motion to endorse the project. This Industrial Park is to be modeled after Shelbyville’s Industrial Park which now employs 1800 people. It will be a non-profit organization that everyone in the community will reap benefits.

20 Years Ago
June 8, 1994
Court discontinues free trash dumping
A popular service provided by the county has become a bit too popular - and a bit too messy.
The public has abused their right to dump trash and other unwanted material in the county’s two dump trucks, which are left over the weekends behind the Courthouse Annex, according to Magistrate Ray Jewell.
Jewell said he has gotten complaints about the trucks because when the vehicles are piled full, many people begin dumping their trash in the parking lot
“It’s right in front of the (First Christian) Church, too,” Jewell said.
A lot of the items dumped are not appropriate for the landfill, such as refrigerators, tires and large furniture.
Several sites were discussed, including the county garage, the new industrial park land and the Recycling Center, but no site was chosen.
Until one is chosen, however, the service will stop. The court voted 4-1 to discontinue the service, with Noel voting against stopping it.
“Hopefully, it won’t be stopped forever,” Jewell said.

10 Years Ago
June 9, 2004
Neighbors oppose new development
A group of residents in northern Spencer County say they are trying to send a message to county planners: they say the area is growing too fast and more work must be done on existing infrastructure before new developments are built.
The Spencer county Planning and Zoning commission office was packed last Thursday evening as about 50 people showed up, telling the commission that they believe that not enough is being done to control growth around Elk Creek and Wilsonville, along state Highway 155.
Many in attendance said they were opposed to the construction of The Orchards at Plum Creek, a $200,000-home neighborhood in which the initial section would include 79 one-acre lots, that has been proposed for the corner of Highway 155 and Hochstrasser Road.
Dudley Dale, attorney for the Planning and Zoning Commission, said at the meeting that options are limited at this point for residents wanting to prevent the construction of the neighborhood.
The most crucial time for residents to voice opposition to such a project would be during the initial zoning hearing, Dale said.
The heart of the controversy surrounding the proposed development appears to stem from how the area of land proposed for The Orchards was initially zoned residential in the early 1970s.
Miller said that most residents who showed up in opposition to The Orchards are not opposed to development altogether. But she said she believes more work must be done to strengthen the county’s infrastructure before development continues.