Business owners confront councilman over fence at press conference


by WHAS11

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 7:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two sides in the middle of a fence fight comes face-to-face Friday.

The dispute is over a privacy fence in Pleasure Ridge Park that is supposed to highlight green space.

But businesses say it blocks people from seeing their companies.

Two small business owners showed up at a press conference Friday for the new Rose Farm Park off Dixie Highway. They were carrying signs; to show their fight to get a fence taken down is far from over.

Rodney Daughtery and fellow businessman Scott Thornhill are standing strong by their beliefs. They won't be quiet until the fence comes down.

On Friday afternoon Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Rose Farm Park.  Blackwell hopes the park's green space along Dixie Highway will help to attract new businesses.
The new park is right next to Daugherty's computer business and he says with the fence up you can't see his office and he says the fence blocks drivers from being able to see out of his parking lot.

WHAS11 had a hard time trying to see out of the parking lot as well, and when the councilman saw our story he did take part of the fence down.

“After watching, I watched you pull out in your own van there and questioned it a little bit,” Blackwell said. “We came back out said you know we want to be safe than sorry.”

Blackwell says he is trying to work with Daugherty and believes they are close to a compromise.

“I think we are moving in the right direction…by this we need to work on compromise,” Blackwell said.

But Daugherty doesn't believe it.

“I feel it’s important to let everybody know when the cameras are out here, he's out here getting his pat on the back. They know what this fence is about and what he’s doing,” Daugherty said.