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Council amends annexation ordinances

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City holds special meeting to amend ordinances Kentucky secretary of state asks council to reword ordinances

By Molly Haines

In the May 22 print edition of the News-Herald, it was reported that the Owenton City Council would repeal five ordinances annexing five roads into the City of Owenton. Shortly after deadline, Owenton Mayor Doug West announced that the council would not repeal the ordinances, but amend them. The following is an updated version of the original story.

A first reading by the Owenton City Council amending five ordinances annexing five roads into the city limits was given Tuesday.
Owenton Mayor Doug West said when the ordinances were taken to be filed at the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort, he was notified that the five ordinances were worded incorrectly.
“They had to be worded a certain way and they wasn’t,” West said.
West called for a special meeting to be held Tuesday and had originally planned to repeal the ordinances and have a first reading on the ordinances with alternate wording.
"We heard from the Kentucky League of Cities and they said we could just amend (the original ordinances)," West said.
Owenton City Clerk Laura Aldridge said none of the maps or annexations were wrong, but that the secretary of state did not agree with how the ordinances were worded.
“They gave us a sample ordinance and basically said, ‘Here, do it like this’,” Aldridge said.
The physical descriptions of the areas being annexed into the city will not change, Aldridge said.
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.