Corbin has a nuisance ordinance, but in an effort to prevent further situations, such as the one David McCracken is facing when he steps into his back yard, the city commission is considering implementing an ordinance regulating the housing of livestock inside the city limits.
McCracken, who lives at 310 Fourth Street, came before the commission Monday night with concerns about a neighbor at 311 Third Street, who has built coops in the back yard to keep chickens and ducks.
McCracken said there are approximately 12 to 15 coops in the 30-by-30 yard that backs up to his property.
It is not the noise that is the problem, but the smell of the feces the animals excrete that McCracken says the neighbor permits to lie on the ground.
“It smells so bad that we can’t go in my back yard,” McCracken told the commissioners.
In addition, flies have swarmed to the feces and are attracted to McCracken or anyone else that comes out of his house.
“The flies will eat you up,” McCracken said, adding that if the weather is cool, he still can’t open the windows to his home.
McCracken presented the commissioners with a petition signed by numerous other residents in the area, asking that the city take action.
Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams said he went out to the site last week and agreed that something must be done.
Corbin Building Inspector Frank Burke said he has also been out there and has issued a notice of violation to the property owner, whom he identified as the tenant’s mother.
Burke added that he has spoken with the occupant who has agreed to clean up the feces.
An attempt to speak with someone at the residence ended with mixed results. The individual who answered the door would not confirm it was the correct address and declined to give her name.
However, she said the issue was part of a dispute between neighbors and the owner of the chickens was in the process of selling them in an effort to resolve the situation.
Burke said the notice gives a deadline of Friday to show progress. If no progress is made, Burke may issue a citation for violating the city’s nuisance ordinance.
According to one city official, the owner of the coops reported Tuesday that he had gotten rid of all of the chickens and was preparing to pressure wash the area around the coops.
Corbin City Attorney Bob Hammons asked Burke and Sams to prepare a rough draft of the ordinance for him to review.
“It may take a little bit, but we will do something,” Commissioner Joe Shelton told McCracken.
In other business Monday:
• Corbin Downtown Director Andy Salmons announced that the downtown program had purchased a used trolley bus from Eastern Kentucky University for $6,325 through an Ebay auction.
Salmons noted that the trolley, which can carry up to 30 people, has heat and air conditioning, and meets Americans with Disabilities Act access requirements, needs minor engine repairs that may be done at the city garage.
Prior to purchase, employees at the city garage went to Richmond to inspect the trolley.
Salmons noted the engine has 14,000 miles on it.
“Brand new, you are talking $120,000 for one of these,” Salmons said.
Salmons said he envisions the trolley being used to shuttle tourists from The Arena, Keeneland, and area hotels to downtown.
In addition the trolley may be used during events such as NIBROC to shuttle visitors parking at the Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities.
Salmons said the Downtown program has sufficient funds in its budget to pay for the trolley.
• Recognized Corbin firefighters Anthony Horton, Trevor Allen, Andy Melton and Tommy McDaniel for their efforts to save a newborn baby’s life. While Horton is the firefighter that performed CPR on the child, Allen, Melton and McDaniel were part of the four-man crew that responded to the call of a woman in labor.
When firefighters arrived, the woman had given birth and the child was not breathing.
Firefighters worked with the mother and child until Knox EMS arrived and then assisted EMS in loading and transporting the patients to Baptist Health Corbin.
Each firefighter received a certificate of merit.
• Authorized Sams to sign an agreement with the Kentucky Department of Transportation for bicycle pavement markings on Fourth, Fifth and Depot Streets.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance requiring any person/entity that has issued two or more bad checks to the city, to make any and all future payments only by certified check, cashier’s check, money order or cash.
• Approved a refund to Wilburn Logan for his building permit in the amount of $481, after Logan decided not to build and has put the property up for sale.