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Carriage business owner loses HRB appeal before Bardstown City Council

Preservation coordinator RaShae Jennings answers questions at Tuesday’s City Council meeting regarding the Historic Review Board’s denial of Everett “Jonesie” Jones’ application for stall walls placed in front of his North Third Street business.

 

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 — Everett “Jonesie” Jones, owner of “Around the Town Carriage,” lost his appeal Tuesday night regarding the stable wall panels he installed in the front of his business at 223 North Third St. earlier this summer.

Jones installed the panels to improve public safety, he explained. He said he wants to keep the horses out by the sidewalk because they help bring in customers to his carriage business. The eight-foot tall stable panels improve safety for the public who may be passing by.

Councilman Joe Buckman comments during the council’s deliberations Tuesday night.

People like to see the horses and often stop to look at them, he explained. But horses can also be dangerous animals. That lot was formerly home to a livery stable back in the 1800s, he said.

Jones installed the stable panels earlier this year at the northwest front corner of his lot at the sidewalk without applying for approval from the Historic Review Board (HRB).

Mayor Dick Heaton said Jones should have known of the need to apply to the HRB for exterior building changes because he had done so before in the past. Why didn’t he do it with the stall panels, Heaton asked.

“I didn’t think I had to for them,” he explained. Unlike the awning he built years ago, he said he didn’t actually build anything with the panels.

Jones said once he heard from the HRB coordinator RaShae Jennings there was an issue with the stall panels, he immediately made an application with the HRB for their approval.

However, the HRB found the modern-looking stall panels are not appropriate for use in front of any building in the city’s historic district, and turned down Jones’ application for approval.

Jones told the council several times the panels were a safety issue, and they needed to be placed by the sidewalk in order to give the horses sufficient ventilation. The brick building where his business is located absorbs and retains heat during the day and if he keeps the horses too close to the building it doesn’t allow them a chance to get cool, he explained.

During its deliberations, the council discussed if there was a way to help Jonesie keep people safety away from the horses with some sort of fencing that would be appropriate, or move the stall panels behind the building. The council decided that the HRB would be the appropriate agency to give Jones that sort of guidance.

The council voted 5-0 to uphold the Historic Review Board’s denial of Jones’ application regarding the horse stall panels.

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