Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Plans to annex the Kentucky Dam Village State Park into Calvert City limits are on a fast track following the state’s determination that a 60-day waiting period can be avoided.
Calvert CIty Mayor Lynn Jones told council members last week the state of Kentucky, which owns the park property, is providing a letter requesting the annexation. The consensual nature of the desire to annex eliminates the need for a 60-day comment period.
City Attorney Greg Northcutt said he was been in contact with legal counsel for the tourism arts and heritage cabinet, who plans to provide the council a description and plat – a map showing property boundaries – of the final annexation plans.
Northcutt said it was an annexation like every other, without any extraneous requirements.
“That property will become part of the city, which will make it subject to the normal benefits of being in the city,” he said. “You have police and fire protection of the city, but water and sewer are under no obligation to expand their current systems – it will be a basic annexation.”
Northcutt said the Gilbertsville Fire Department would still be the primary department responsible for KDV, but the Calvert City Fire Department would provide secondary relief.
Jones said officials from the state have indicated a desire to complete the annexation as quickly as possible – hopefully before the busy Memorial Day holiday.
There was little disagreement in regard to the annexation among the council, but Calvert City Councilman Gene Colburn questioned the haste of the process.
“So we’re just going to have this streamlined process? No memos of understanding? It’s all just talk?” Colburn asked.
Colburn said he was concerned there was too much talk going on about the annexation that wasn’t happening at the City Council meetings.
“Things over 20, 30, 40 years change dramatically – I want to come out all for this, but we need to have a lot of information to make sure as elected officials we are considering this carefully,” Colburn said.
Jones agreed the process was highly involved and assured the council they would be provided all the information they would want before the ordinance was presented.
“I want you to feel comfortable in knowing we aren’t taking on obligations here,” Jones said. “This annexation will be good for Calvert City. It will bring us to the front and center for tourism.”
Jones hopes to have the first reading of the annexation ordinance at the council’s next regularly scheduled meeting on April 10.