Scott County residents pushing back against proposed stockyards relocation

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ)- A meeting between the Bluegrass Stockyards and Georgetown’s authority on water also drew a crowd of curious and concerned citizens.

For many, it was an editorial from J.R. Williamson that attracted them to the meeting which was meant for the stockyards to pitch their plan for a proposed move to an area of Scott and Fayette counties, off Iron Works Pike.

Williamson reminds folks he was in this same position ten years ago when the stockyards, under different circumstances tried to move to land they’d purchased.

“Back then the city council, the fiscal court were all against it. You know, the governor was against it, the horse park was against it. Now, for some odd reason everybody is for it,” says the activist.

Jim Akers, Chief Operating Officer for Bluegrass was there on behalf of the stockyards.

“We felt the need to reach out and explain to people what’s factually going on and what takes place,” says Akers, although at times, residents seemed to be frustrated with his answers to their questions.

Among other concerns the group was worried about water and waste. Akers response was one possible option which includes hooking into the municipal sewer line. Akers says it won’t bring any additional costs onto taxpayers.

The next step is for the stockyards proposal to be seen by the Board of Adjustments. Meeting organizers also say there will be a “field trip” for Scott and Fayette County leaders to observe the Stanford stockyard location. They say it best represents the proposed plan for the relocation.

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