Perryville votes to allow Junction to rejoin P&Z

Published 7:41 pm Friday, February 8, 2019

Junction City is one small step closer to rejoining the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission following Perryville City Council’s unanimous approval Thursday night of an interlocal agreement between county governments.

P&Z director Steven Hunter presented the final draft of the agreement to the council and said he would also be presenting the letter to Danville City Council and Boyle County Fiscal court at their regular meetings next week.

In January, Junction City Council voted to send a letter to Perryville and Danville governments, and Boyle County Fiscal Court, stating a desire to create a new interlocal agreement that would put Junction back on the P&Z Commission. Junction had withdrawn from P&Z several years ago, but now wants to rejoin.

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The council also had a long discussion, turning into a debate about an alleyway that runs from Buell Street to Jackson Street, next to Main Street Perryville’s office in the Johnson Britton House. Bill and Linda Faulkner had requested permission to pour gravel on the alley a few months back, which is a strip of land with a sewer easement. They also asked about moving an electrical junction box off of the easement so they could travel from the back of their property on Jackson Street to Buell Street.

Perryville City Attorney Winfield Frankel said, “Looking at it, there is really no easement for any of the property owners. … The city says we don’t have the power in this situation, it’s not our property. It’s nobody’s property.”

Frankel said the issue is if the city wants to take on the responsibility of the alleyway and give permission to the Faulkners to put down gravel, but the council voted against this, unanimously in favor of not taking possession. The council wants adjoining property owners to “settle the issue” among themselves.

Perryville Police Chief Parker Hatter reported that in January, his department seized eight grams of methamphetamine and three grams of marijuana.

“For us this is a pretty big deal,” he said. “Yes, we’re in a small town but things do happen. This lets you know what we’re up against.”

At the beginning of the council meeting, representatives from Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Develop Danville and Boyle County Solid Waste and Recycling introduced themselves to the council and explained what their roles are in Boyle County. They also encouraged Perryville officials to work with the county agencies for the good of the county and for the good of their own community.