Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board approves special exceptions for 2 Saltlick businesses

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 2:33 p.m.

The Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board approved special exceptions on Wednesday for a proposed firearms store and a barn for hosting weddings and other parties.

Cameron Kimmell of Melcroft said his proposed business, Ridgeline Guns and Ammo, will be placed in an existing 320-square-foot structure that he owns along Hillview Lane in Saltlick.

Kimmell told the board that business hours most likely would be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It would be closed on Sundays.

Off-street parking can accommodate four vehicles and can be used for deliveries, so it won't interfere with traffic, he noted.

The structure has a ramp for access by disabled individuals.

Kimmell said he will sell hunting rifles and ammunition, but because off the limited space of the structure, the store will be used mostly for taking orders. There will not be too many firearms on display, he added.

Board members had concerns about the security of the business as stolen weapons are used to commit violent crimes.

The firearms will be stored in a gun safe after hours, Kimmell said. The structure will be equipped with ADT security that includes video surveillance.

He was asked if there will be any shooting on or around the property.

“No,” he said. “There will be no firearm discharge at all.”

The board approved the special exception for the property zoned A-1 agriculture rural contingent on Kimmell's following all local, state and federal regulations.

With the special exception's approval, he believes it will take the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives up to four weeks to process the paperwork for him to be certified to sell firearms, and then he will have to get approval from the commonwealth.

Kimmell added that he could be open for business by midsummer in a best-case scenario.

The board also approved a special exception request for a “place of assembly” along Indian Creek Valley Road near the intersection of Nebo Road in Saltlick that is zoned A-1 agricultural rural.

Richard Barron, owner of the barn structure on a 107-acre farm, wants to make it a place of assembly to host weddings, anniversaries, receptions, etc.

Barron's attorney, William T. Cline of Somerset, said the barn is 42 by 46 feet and can hold up to 250 people with 63 parking spaces to be available, not including space for overflow parking.

Cline said Barron obtained a sewage permit because the structure will have restrooms and a kitchen area for caterers.

Barron said it would be up to the individuals renting the facility if alcohol would be served. The location will neither be used as a place of worship nor for concerts and other such events, he said.

The board offered no opposition to either request.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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