Nicholasville neighbors feel slighted by city

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - When you pick up your life and move to a new home, it's a big deal. Larry Gray and his family made that move a couple of years ago to a home in Brannon Meadows just beyond the Jessamine County line.

"We're currently sitting in city property that should have the same services as all residents in the city of Nicholasville," said Gray.
Gray and his neighbor, Jim Freedman, say they're being slighted by the city.
"We're paying our taxes, paying our incentive funds but we aren't getting that."

Their homes sit in a part of the property known as Brannon Crossing. The area was annexed into the City of Nicholasville years ago, but the builder of the neighborhood, Jim Hughes, went bankrupt before his job was complete. That left an unfinished, and neighbors say dangerous, development.

"We have a huge public safety issue," Freedman said.

If you drive past the commercial area of Brannon Crossing, things do quickly change. A busseling area of commerce turns to rough pavement, inconsistent or nonexistent street lights, missing manhole covers, and overgrown fields-- all in eyesight of Brannon Meadows where Gray and Freedman reside.
"We've got finish what needs to be done."

"They're very much on the city's mind," said City Attorney William Arvin. Arvin says right now, since the subdivision isn't complete, the city isn't responsible for it. He says it was the developers job to finish what he started. Since Hughes went bankrupt, the city is waiting on bond money before they can fill in what the developer didn't. Right now, he says they have lawsuits against three bonding companies for the Brannon Crossing area.
"That means they have an incomplete subdivision and we're trying to do the right thing to enforce these bonds so the work can be completed," Arvin said.

"It always goes back to the bond money. We're waiting on the bond money," Gray said.
"I've talked to the bond companies that are involved, they have no problem with the city doing work that needs to be done, it will not jeopardize any bond money that is potentially paid out to them."

But Arvin says court records prove otherwise and that he did file a motion to allow the city to go ahead with finishing parts of the property--but the motion was denied.

The city says they are doing what they can, without disrupting the bond litigation. On the day we putting in silt controls to stop flooding mud onto gray and freedman's street.

"Those streets have never been turned over to the city in a completed fashion for us to maintain," Arvin reminds.

"The city refuses to dedicate those streets, however, they allow the public to use those streets," Freedman said.

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