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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper COMMUNITY Ethan Hunt heads to Nashville ing place during the CMA By Cecil Lawson Music. Festival, which KyNewsGroup runs June 5 - 8, at several cecil@kynewsgroup.com venues across Nashville. Frenchburg-based sing- Tens of thousands of coun- er/songwriter Ethan Hunt try music fans will be in will be heading to Nash- ville this Thursday and Friday, where he is sched- uled to perform two acous- tic sets at Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge. Tootsies is located be- hind the historic Ryman Auditorium (the Grand Ole Opry), and its two stages have hosted a mul- titude of top country mu- sic performers since the 1960s. Hunt's shows will be tak- town: Hunt recently per- formed for the first time with The Ethan Hunt Band at Frankie's Plaza in More- head, including an open- ing show this weekend for rising Kentucky stars, Sundy Besf. The Ethan Hunt Band includes Kelly Loveless, Blake Mullins, and Matt Setters. Wish Ethan the best as he takes his talent to the Music City this week! City of Sharpsburg Ordinance No. 1402 Photo by Lindsey Snede- gar Chris Snedegar, of Sharps- burg, and owner of Shade Tree Hunting Supplies, landed this massive large- mouth bass on a farm pond at a secret location in Bath County on Satur- day, May 24. Chris said that he hadn't changed his fishing line since last year, and the line had broken earlier when he tied on his white rooster tail lure. He snagged the fish on his first cast and worried that the 8 lb. test line was not going to hold as he took about 5 min- AN ORDINANCE ADDRESSING BLIGHTED AND DETERIORATED PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY AND ESTABLISH- ING A VACANT PROPERTY REVIEW COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF SHARPSBURG, KENTUCKY, WHERAS, the City of Sharpsburg finds and declares that there exists within the City limits of the City of Sharps- burg, blighted and deteriorated property; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by and through the General Assembly has declared as a policy of the Commonwealth to eliminate blighted and deteriorated neighborhoods and has authorized cities to take corrective action with respect to blighted and deteriorated area by and through KRS 99.705 to 99.730; and WHEREAS, the City of Sharpsbttrg, Kentucky finds that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Sharpsburg, Kentucky, to adopt the provisions of KRS 99,705 through 99,730 and m accordance therewith create a Vacant Property Review Commission. Now, THEREFORE, the City of Sharpsburg, Kentucky, HEREBY ORDAINS as follows: 1. DEFINITIONS A. "Blighted" or "deteriorated" property means any vacant structure or vacant or unimproved lot or parcel of ground in a predominatdy built up neighborhood: 1. Which because of physical condition or use is regarded as a public nuisance at public law or has been declared a public nuisance in accordance with the City of Sharpsburg Code of Ordinances, with the housing, building, plumbing, fire or related codes; 2. Which because of physical condition, use or occupancy is considered an attractive nuisance to children, including but not limited to. abandoned Wells, shafts, basements, excavations, and unsafe, fences or structures; 3. Which is because it is.dilapidated unsanitgry, unsafe vermin infested, or lacking in the facilities and equipment'required by theho'usmg code of tlae'City'oi:'Sharpsburg, has been designated by the department responsible for the enforcement of the code is tmfit for human habitation; 4. Which is a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to the safety of persons or property; 5. From which the utilities, plumbing, heating, sewerage, or other facilities have been disconnected, destroyed, removed, or rendered ineffective so that the property is unfit for its intended use; 6. Which by reason of neglect or lack or maintenance has become a place for accumulation of trash and debris, or a haven for rodents or other vermin; 7. Which has been tax delinquent for a period of at least three (3) years; or 8. Vghich has notbeen rehabilitated within the time constraints placed upon the owner by the appro- priate code enforcement agency. B. "Redevelopment" means the planning and replanning, design or redesign, acquisition dearance, development, and disposal or any combination of these, of a property in the preparation of such property for residential and l'elatl uses, as may be appropriate or necessary. C. "Residential and related use" shall mean residential property for sale or rental or rdated uses; including but not limited to park and recreation areas, neighborhood community service and neighborhood parking lots. II. SHARPSBURG VACANT PROPERTY REVIEW COMMISSION A. "lhere is hereby created the Sharpsburg Vacant Property Review Commission which shall consist of three mem- bers to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Sharpsburg City Council. The members shall serve three year terms and the terms shall be staggered in order that no more than one term shall expire each year. The initial appointments shall be for one year, two years and three years. "/hereafter each member shall serve for three years. Should any member resign or otherwise be removed from the'Commission, a replacement member shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Slarpsburg City Council fi)r the remainder of the existing term. Membership of the Commission shall not consist of any officer or employee of the City of Sharpsburg whose duties include enforcement of housing, building, plumbing, fire, or rdated codes. All members 'must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Sharpsburg, Kentucky. B. It shall be the collective duty of the Commission to investigate properties and if said determined make a written report of blight and/or deterioration to the Sharpsburg City Council. "lhe Commission may review said properties upon its own initiative or upon referral. The Commission's further duties shall be any other duty or responsibility as contemplated by KRS 99.700 through KRS 99.730. III. BLIGHTED OR DETERIORATED PROPERTY A. Once a determination of blight or deteriorated is made by the Commission, it shall notify the owner of the property or a designated agent that a determination has been made and that failure to eliminate the conditions causing the blight and/or deterioration shall render the property subject to condemnation by the City under KRS 99.705 to 99.730. Notice shall be mailed to the owner or designated agent by certified mail return receipt requested. However, if the address of the owner or a designated agent is unknown and cannot be ascertained by the Commission in the exercise of reasonable diligence, copies of the uotice shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the property affect. The written notice sent to the owner or his agent shall described the conditions that render the property blight and/or deteriorated, and shall demand abatement of the conditions within ninety (90) days of the receipt of such notice. B. An extension of the ninety (90) day time period may be granted by the Counnission if the owner or designated agent demonstrates that such period is insufficient to correct that conditions cited in the notice. C. The Sharpsburg Vacant Property Review Commission many only certify to the Sharpsburg City Council prop- erty as blighted and/or deteriorated after the Commission has determined: 1. That the owner of the property or designated agent has been .sent an order by the appropriate city agency to eliminate the conditions which are in violation of local codes or laws; 2. That the property is vacant; 3. That the property is blighted and deteriorated; and 4. That the Commission has notified the property owner or designated agent that the property has been determined to be blighted or deteriorated and the time period for correction of such condition has expired and the prop- erty owner or agent has failed to comply with the notice. The above findings must be made and contained'in a written report to the Sharpsburg City Council certifying" the property as blighted and/or deteriorated property. D. 2he Sharpsburg City Council may institute imminent domain proceedings pursuant to KRS Chapter 16 against the property which has been certified as blighted and/or deteriorated by the Commission if it finds: 1. That such property has deteriorated to such an extent as to constitute a serkms and growing menace to the public health, safety and welfare; 2. That such property is likely to continue to deteriorate unless corrected; 3. That the continued deterioration of such property may contribute to the blighting or deterioration of the area innnediately surrounding the property; and 4. '/hat the owner of such property has failed to correct the deterioration of the property. .q'lie City of Sharpsburg may acquire by imminent domain pursuant to KRS Chapter 416, any property deter- mined to be blighted or deteriorated in accordance with this Ordinance and KRS 99.705 to 99.730 and shall have the power to hold, clear, manage or dispose of such property so acquired for residential and related use, pursuant to the provision of KR S 99.705 to KRS 99.730. E This Ordinance shall be constructed in accordance and consistent with KRS 99.700 to KRS 99.730. First Reading of this ordinance was held on 5 day of May, 2014. Second Reading of this ordinance was held on the 2 day of June, 2014 and upon roll call of vote, was adopted by the council of the City of Sharpsburg, Kentucky. I, Dorothy Clemons, Mayor of the City of Sharpsburg, Kentucky,.hereby accept and approve the mnended ordinance and direct same be published, this 5 day of lune, 2014. Published in the Bath County News-Outlook on 06.05.14 utes to reel in. "1 had to get down in the water and catch her as she passed me,  he said. The bass measured 25 inches long, and Snedegar estimated. that it weighed over 9 pounds. Since he practic- es catch and release, the bass was let get to swim another day. PAREN'IS, CHILD LOSS support, love, and encour- ,parents' that o8200 sty June 05, 2014 - 5 LOCAL RECOVERY RESOURCES BATH COUN'IY * Sunday, 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery, Owingsqille Meth- ost Church, 75 Main St. * Monday, 6 p.m. Narcotic Anonymous - Never Say Never Group, Owingsville Methodist Church, Darnell Bldg., 75 West Main St. * Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Mov- ers, Salt Lick Free Will Bap- tist Church, 104 Maple St. * Wednesday, 6 p.m. Living Free, New Life Fellowship, 907 Forge Hill Rd., Peasticks * Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Mov- ers Salt Lick Free Will Bap- tist Church, 104 Maple St. * Friday, 6 p.m. Narcotic Anonymous - Never Say Never Group, Owingsville Methodist Church, Darnell Bldg., 75 West MainSt. 4:30 p.m. At-Anon (for the famifies of addicts/ alcoholics) Owingsville Methodist Church Darnell Building, 75 W. Main Street 5-8 pm Acts 2 Cafe Ow- ingsville Methodist Church, 75 W. Main Street *Saturday, Noon. Narcotic Anonymous - Nev- er Say Never Group, Owings- ville Methodist Church, Dar- nell Bldg., 75 West Main St. " 6:30 Alcohol Anon- ymous at 5th Quarter Build- ing, Water Street Owings- ville. 6:30 AA Step Study at Fith Quartert 'q'hrough prayer, fellow- ship, love and support we will stand together in action, striving to be a light for the broken as we all experience the power of restoration through God's healing. Have some lunch, sip a cup of cof- fee, chat, and heal from what- ever struggle you may be facing." * Sunday at 5pro Men's and Women's Step Study held at Owingsville Method- ist Church,Darnell Bldg., 75 W. Main Street Rd, Wellington * Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Cel- ebrate Recovery (cost is $2), Dr. Kassis' Office at Menifee Co. Medical Center, 784 Hwy. 36, Frenchburg 6:45 p.m. Alco- holic Anonymous, Menifee Co. Wellness Center, Hwy. 36, Frenchburg AREA * Celebrate Recovery, Gateway Christian Center, 801 Winchester Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. Contact Number: (859) 498-3876 * Alcoholics Anonymous, Eleven Eleven Group, More- head Inspiration Center Community Room, !111 US 60 West, Morehead, KY 40351, Open meeting. Mon- days and Wednesday, 6 p.m. * Alcoholics Anonymous, Morehead Into Action Group, Episcopal Church. 145 E Fifth St., Morehead, KY 40351. Monday through Friday, 8 p.m. * Narcotics Anonymous, Staying Clean Just for To- day, Episcopal Church, 145 E Fifth St., Morehead, KY 40351, Tuesdays and Thurs- day, 8 p.m. *Morehead Al-Anon, Ca- thedral of Praise/Living Word Church, 905 Clearfield St., Morehead, Monday 6 p.m. * Restored Hope (A/- Anon) Mt. Sterling, Ascen- sion Episcopal Church, 48 High St., Tuesday, 7 p.m. * Hope and Heal (Al-Anon) West Liberty, Community Center, 450 Prestonsburg St.. Wednesday,7 p.m. * Liberty Center Group (Al-Anon) Mt. Sterling, Lib- erty Center, 205 E. Main St.. Saturday, 10 a.m. Acts 2 Caf6/Unified Min- istries 859-274-6664, www. unifiedministries.com AA Intergroup 1-800467- 8019, www.area26.net NA Helpline 1-888-987- MENIFEE 770o, www.na.org COUNTY For a comprhensive listing of area meetings go to www. tmifiedministries.com. * Monday, 7 p.m. Cele- brate Recovery, Botts Chris-- tian Church, 1756 Artville reprehend, !ff. "14elpingYouPutthePiecesrogaher" Providing Comprehensive Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Crisis and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services Serving: Bracken - Fleming - Lewis - Mason - Robertson 888-328-0470 / 606-564-4016 www.comprehendinc.org CITY OF SHARPSBURG ORDINANCE NO. 1401 AN ORDINANCE DECLARING NUISANCES UNLAWFUL AND ESTABLISHING A PROCEDURE FOR THE CITY OF SHARPSBURG TO ABATE NUISANCES. WHEREAS, the City of Sharpsburg wishes to prohibit certain nuisances and have the ability to correct a prohibited nuisance in the event the owner or occupier of the land upon which the nuisance exists fails or refuses to correct the nuisance; and WHEREAS KRS 82.700-82.725 and KRS 381.770 permits the City to do so by the adoption of a Nuisance Code. Now, THEREFORE, the City of Sharpsburg, Kentucky, HEREBY ORDAINS as follows: I. CERTAIN CON DITIONS DECLARED A NUISANCE A. It shall be unlawfnl for the owner, occupant or person having control or management of any land within the city to permit a public nuisance on any land. The following conditions are declared to be public nuisances: 1. Accumulation of rubbish. An accumulation on any premises of filth, refuse, trash, garbage, or other waste material which en- dangers public health, welfare, or safety, or materially interferes with the peaceful enjoyment by owners or occupants of adjacent property" because of the danger of its catching or communicating fire, its attracting or propagating vermin, rodents, insects, or its blowing of rubbish into any street, sidewalk, or property of another. 2. Accumulation of junked or wrecked automobiles, vehicles, machines, or similar scrap or salvage materials, unless located on a business premises of a licensed automotive recycling dealer as defined in KRS 190.010 (8), or motor vehicles or parts slored by an automobile collector, if those yehicles,and parts are stored out of ordinary public view by means of suitable fencing, trees, shrub- bery, or other means. 3. Excessive growth of weeds or grass 4. Unsafe structures. Any structure which is unsafe or unfit for human habitation, occupancy, or use or to permit conditions to exist in the sfi'ucture, the occupants of neighboring structures, users of adjacent streets or pass-ways, or other residents of the City. II. Abatement of Nuisances. A. Any person or entity that violates the nuisance code or owner of a premises upon which the nuisance is occurring shall receive a Notice of Violation from the Mayor or its designee. "lhe Notice of Violation shall state the nature of the violation, the penalty (if any) for the violation, that the City may abate the nuisance in which case the person or entity responsible and owner of the premises would be liable for the cost of abatement, and that determination will be final unless the person or entity responds to the City in writing within twenty (20) days contesting the determination" 1. The Notice of Violation shall be served upon the persun or entity permitting or creating the nuisance if known, and the owner of the premises by certified mail. If the owner is unknown the Notice of Violation shall be served by certified mail to last known owner as recorded with the Bath County Property Valuation Office and posted in a conspicuous place on the subject premises. 2. If the violator and/or owner responds in writing within twenty (20) days to the Notice of Violation, the City shall schedule a hearing before a Hearing Board. The Hearing Board will consist of up to three (3) citizens.of the City of Sharpsburg appointed by the Mayor. The Hearing Board shalI schedule a date, time and location for the hearing and provide notice of the hearing to the person or entity contesting the Notice of Violation. 3. Following a hearing the Hearing Board shall make a determination in writing that the violation has occur;'ed or that no viola- tion has occured. 4. An aggrieved party may appeal the determination pursuant to KRS 82.715(4). B. If no written response contesting the Notice of Violation is received kfter twenty (20) days or following a determination by the Hearing Board that the violation has occurred, determination,of a violation shall become final and the City may take action to abate the nuisance. 1. If the City takes action abate the nuisance the person or entity responsible for the nuisance and the owner shall be jointly and severely liable for the abatement costs. 2. Abatement costs means the City's costs for and associated with cleaning, preventing unauthorized entry to, or demolishing all or a portion of a structure or premises, or taking any other action with regard to a structure or premises to maintain and preserve public health, safety and welfare. C. Whenever the City incurs abatement costs it shall have a lien on the subject permises for the abatement costs and may perfect that lien by the filing of a Lien Statement in the Office of the Bath County Clerk The lien shall identify the premises, state the amount of the lien, and the date the abatement occurred. A copy of the Lien Statement shall be mailed to the owner of the prem- ises at his last known address. D. In addition to the remedy prescribed in subsection (C) of this section or any other remedy authorized by law, the person or entity responsible for the nuisance and the owner of a property upon which a lien has been attached pursuant to this section shall be personally liable for the amount of the lien, including all interest, civil penalties, and other charges and the City may bring civil action against the responsible party and/or owner and shall have the same remedies as provided for the recovery of a debt owed. FIRST READING OF THIS ORDINANCE WAS HELD ON THE 5th DAY OF MAY, 2014. R. Lane, City Clerk SECOND READING OF THIS ORDINANCE WAS HELD ON THE 2nd DAY OF JUE, 2014 AND UPON ROLL CALL OF VOTE, WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SHARPSBURG, KENTUCKY. R. Lane, City Clerk I, DOROTHY CLEMONS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SHARPSBURG, KENTUCKY, HEREBY ACCEPT AND APPROVE THE AMENDED ORDINANCE AND DIRECT SAME BE PUBLISHED, THIS THE 5th DAY OF JUNE, 2014. Dorothy Clemons, Mayor Attest: R. Lane, City' Clerk Published in the Bath County News-Outlook 06.05.14.