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Council formally approves adding roads to city

By Molly Haines

A final reading on five ordinances that will annex several roads into the City of Owenton was given May 7 and approved by the Owenton City Council.
The council held a first round of readings on the ordinances that gave the state, which is considered the property owner, 60 days to oppose the move.
No objection was raised and the city became free to adopt the measure following the second round of readings.
The annexation will include from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .810 miles to Hwy. 3095, also known as Ellis Highway; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.22 miles to the properties of Cornelius Mann on the east side and Tim Cobb on the west side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.944 miles to the end of the school properties on the north side and Danny and Judy Jacobs on the south side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .375 miles to the end of Ronnie Jones’ property on the north side; and from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .912 miles to Hwy. 227 and the property of Garroll and Becky Shryock on the west side and Danny Jacobs on the east side.
Only the roads will be annexed, from sidewalk to sidewalk.

All members of the city council voted to approve the ordinances, except councilwoman Rita Osborne.
Owenton Mayor Doug West said earlier this year that because only roads will be annexed and no residences or private property will be taken into the city limits, those living in the areas were unable to petition to oppose the proposal.
According to state law, the only way residences could be annexed is by a vote.
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In other city council action, parking violations within the city could soon become a misdemeanor.
The council held a first reading to amend an ordinance that would limit or prohibit parking in certain areas.
The ordinance currently reads that parking violators will be fined no less than $5 and no more than $20 for each violation.
The proposed amendment reads that those in violation of the ordinance will be deemed a misdemeanor and cited to Owen District Court, with a fine of no less than $25 and no more than $100.
A second reading of the ordinance is expected to be held June 4.
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The council also held a second reading on an amendment to its nuisance ordinance that tightens restrictions on outdoor wood storage, doghouses, front-yard furniture and outside toys owned by city residents.
The amendment states that property owner or tenant who houses a dog or doghouse outside will keep them in the backyard of the house, apartment or building and will furnish a doghouse to house them.
The amendment also states no property owner or tenant will have excessive amounts of items in their front yard or on their porch – such as toys, yard furniture, camper tops and grills and that any property owner that burns wood will have the wood stored neatly.