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Old 11-24-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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City leaders weigh in on consolidation | TheNewsEnterprise.com

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Some sitting mayors and mayors-elect think the study could prove beneficial to improve the level of communication between Hardin County’s layers of government, while others say they would be concerned about the loss of community identity should such a merger be pushed.
From those who went through the Jeff Co/Louisville merger in 03. Did it do ya'll any good? Should Hardin go this route?
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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Sure, why not - it was/is fun!!!

One thing that is puzzling 'post-merger' is that same Louisville code enforcement office only 'travels' to certain parts of the county. They are more than happy to ignore some 'minor infractions' of the ordinances:

Property Maintenance Code Chapter 156 - Property Maintenance - LouisvilleKy.gov

Animal Ordinance FAQ - Animal Ordinances - LouisvilleKy.gov
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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City leaders weigh in on consolidation | TheNewsEnterprise.com



From those who went through the Jeff Co/Louisville merger in 03. Did it do ya'll any good? Should Hardin go this route?
Hardin County is simply too big for that. It would probably make more sense for a place like Paducah to merge with McCracken County (making it the 3rd most populous city in KY.) //www.city-data.com/county/McCracken_County-KY.html

Hardin - 628 square miles (no single city dominates)
Jefferson - 385 square miles
McCracken - 251 square miles


As far as the merger of Louisville/Jefferson County was concerned, IMHO, the good things which could have come out of it didn't happen so much as the drawbacks.


PROS:

-Curbside recycling provided throughout the county

-Using the wealth of the affluent suburban areas to stimulate poor inner-city neighborhoods

-The deconcentration of low income government housing

-The preservation of the remaining open space left in the county (natural areas such as woodlands and wetlands etc, as well as farmland providing locally grown produce)


CONS:

-Less political power for more liberal, lower income and ethnic minority groups of the older more urban areas which have been inundated by the more conservative higher income suburbanites who are overwhelmingly of European descent

-Growth to the new merged city at all costs (sprawl development)

-Geographic homogenization (a lack of geographic diversity)
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Sure, why not - it was/is fun!!!

One thing that is puzzling 'post-merger' is that same Louisville code enforcement office only 'travels' to certain parts of the county. They are more than happy to ignore some 'minor infractions' of the ordinances:

Property Maintenance Code Chapter 156 - Property Maintenance - LouisvilleKy.gov

Animal Ordinance FAQ - Animal Ordinances - LouisvilleKy.gov
Some of those ordinances simply don't make as much sense in the more rural parts of Jefferson County (up to one person per acre.)

Luckily, they do allow for areas in the process of reverting to forest to not be cut down. Now if only they could use what was once Highland Park (and other unpopulated areas affected by airport noise) to grow timber. The aforementioned land has completely gone to waste as only a money pit given the fossil fuels which are burned in order to keep it all cut.

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