Thrusday, December 31, 1998

Museum planners push for decision

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — The Answers In Genesis group wants quick action on its appeal of a zone-change denial for its proposed creation museum.

        The group wants a decision by February, at which time it hopes to exercise an option to purchase the 47 acres involved.

        In its motion for a partial summary judgment filed Wednesday, Answers in Genesis asked Boone Circuit Court to consider only arguments that have been presented to date for or against the zone change.

        The filing is separate from a civil rights lawsuit the group filed last month against Boone County officials for denying the zone change.

        Boone County Attorney Larry Crigler said Wednesday the county also has filed a motion for a summary judgment, which seeks a favorable ruling based on the current evidence. Mr. Crigler said he's confident that “the county will prevail.”

        The group risks losing its option on the 47 acres if a contract isn't signed on or about Feb. 12. The appeal is scheduled to be heard Jan. 26, but may be delayed because Boone Circuit Judge Joseph Bamberger last week recused himself from the case.

        Judge Bamberger said his 20 percent interest in a Gallatin County farm the group once considered for the project conflicts with his hearing the appeal.

        The group wants an industrial zoning for the land, located south of Interstate 275 and east of Deck Lane.


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