Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Plans to annex the Kentucky Dam Village State Park into Calvert City limits have hit a snag as the Calvert City Council waits for state leaders to provide the boundary survey of the property.
Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones said without the exact measurements of KDV provided by the state the Calvert City Council can’t have the first reading of the ordinance to annex the property.
Jones said the process is in the state’s hands now, as the city has spoken with all constituencies involved.
“We’re waiting on the state to gather the necessary data,” he said. “Many of the deeds relating to Kentucky Dam Village are very old and when you have to sort through all that it becomes very cumbersome. It takes a lot of time to find out where the exact property lines are. Not to mention we’re not the only project state surveyors have on their hands.”
Jones said once the state sends the required property measurement information the city attorney can draft an annexation ordinance that the city council will likely pass at its next meeting on May 12.
Jones said officials from the state still hope to complete the annexation before the busy Memorial Day holiday so it is possible a second reading of an ordinance might happen during a special called meeting of the Calvert City Council.
“By far the majority of the comments I have received about the annexation have been positive, but there have been those we have received that are negative – or those who have voiced concern,” Jones said. “I respect those opinions, but I think this is what is best for Calvert City in the long run. It isn’t the mayor’s decision though – it’s the decision of the Calvert City Council.”
Once annexed, Calvert City stands to gain more than 1,350 acres of land.