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April 18, 2017
Office of Tom Prather
Mayor of the City of Georgetown, Kentucky
For Immediate Release
The Mayor’s Office has learned that Camping World’s application for a Conditional Use Permit to display a large American flag was denied by the Georgetown/Scott County Board of Adjustments. Our Office was unaware of either the proposed flag or the requested permit until yesterday evening, April 17th, when we were contacted by the press. A conditional use permit under the City’s Sign Ordinance does not pass at any stage through the Mayor’s Office, nor does it come to the City Council for approval or denial at any point. There is no provision in state or local law allowing the Mayor or Council to overturn a decision of the Board of Adjustments, though the Council may choose to change the legislation upon which the Board’s decision was based, effectively overriding a previous decision of the Board or allowing an applicant to reapply under the revised legislation.
Over the next several hours and days, the Mayor’s Office will be gathering facts to determine what happened, why and what options are available to the Council, should they choose to address the situation with legislation. We appreciate the patience and understanding of citizens who are passionate about the issue and who share the City of Georgetown’s commitment to the same patriotic values we as one nation hold dear, while we work diligently to determine the City’s best course of action.