Shepherdsville mayor: Two council members are holding city hostage

Mayor's legal limbo is stalling progress

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The political storm in Shepherdsville has spilled over into the community.

Two council members, Larry Hatfield and Bernie Brown, have been advised from their attorney not to attend any city council meetings for the time being following the lawsuit they filed with the city about the legal process in which the new mayor was hired.

The mayor, Brian James, said the two are holding the city hostage.

Without a quorum, the city council cannot have an officially meet.

“I think it’s unfortunate that a lot of drama is causing a lot of other people to not get their uses taken care of because there are people waiting with things on the docket and they are just sitting and waiting and they can’t do anything because it might not be valid,” said Rachel Crump, who said her church is in the process of turning a piece of land of Joe B. Hall Avenue into a parking lot.

The pastor said their plans could be in jeopardy if the two parties don’t settle their differences by June, when the budget will be submitted.


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