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Leaders vote about controversial cemetery

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The site of the proposed cemetery. The site of the proposed cemetery.

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A plot of land off of Hubbard Lane in Mt. Washington is empty and quiet, but the meeting Thursday night about what to do with it was loud and intense at times.

The meeting at the Bullitt County Courthouse Annex was standing room only as nearly two dozen people spoke out about the proposed Islamic cemetery. That includes Romona Stout who's lived nearby for quite awhile.

"42 years," said Stout. "When we bought there in 1971 it was a gravel road."

Neighbors even started a petition drive. The overwhelming concern seemed to be about privacy, property values, potential crime, and traffic.

"You cannot hardly pass with two cars on the road because it's a lane not a road," Stout said while speaking to the committee.

"We've already side swiped one car. It is horrible, it really is," another neighbor said who signed up to speak.

Pam Burress has lived along Hubbard Lane for 29 years and is no stranger to the traffic snarls.

"You're not going to pass! You're going to have to get off the road! I've replaced 10 mailboxes since I've lived there," she said.

Burress said that's from people getting over or running into a problem and crashing.

Committee members heard the proposal and comments for about an hour before voting unanimously against it. Those behind the movement were not cheering and didn't wish to speak about the decision, but neighbors, including an emotional Stout, called it a gift.

"A good Valentine's. That's all I need," Stout said. "That's all I need for the day."

The land had never been sold to those wishing to put a cemetery, meaning it's still up for grabs and unknown what the future may hold.

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