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Government

  • Mayor’s ‘gag order’ questioned

    City Attorney Tim Butler expects to have offers today from three or four lawyers to handle the City Council’s investigation of Mayor John Royalty’s administration regarding whether city resources were illegally used to try to sway the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    In the meantime, current and future council members are raising concerns about what some have called a “gag order” by the mayor barring council members from talking with city employees about city business.

  • HRB seeking approval from Frankfort to add murals downtown

    A new mural at a Bardstown business has the Historical Review Board excited about promoting the city through art, but it must also meet national preservation standards.

    “Anything we change has to be approved,” said RaShae Jennings, the city’s historic preservation program coordinator, adding that the standards are set through the federal government.

  • City employees warned not to talk to council members

    City of Bardstown department heads have been advised not to answer questions from Bardstown City Council members about anything having to do with city government.

    That’s because the entire city government is under investigation by the council.

  • Copeland, Williams were included in mayor’s email

    When Bardstown Mayor John Royalty emailed newly elected City Council members a letter Nov. 16 urging “constructive” relations in the coming year and outlining several initiatives he would like to see the city government pursue, Councilwoman Kecia Copeland said that neither she nor Roland Williams, the only other member re-elected from the current board, were included in the email. Williams first thought he had been included, but later told the paper he had received the letter from a third party.

  • Fiscal Court to consider needle exchange support

    When the southern Indiana town of Austin experienced an outbreak of HIV last year as a result of epidemic intravenous drug use, Gov. Mike Pence declared a public health emergency, allowing addicts to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

    Alarmed by what happened across the Ohio River, Kentucky’s legislature last year enacted a bill to allow health departments here to follow suit.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs

    City sells 10 acres to Johnan America

    Johnan America is expanding again.

    The Bardstown City Council Tuesday voted to sell the Bardstown-based automotive parts manufacturer 10 acres in Wilson Industrial Park for $148,000 following a brief closed meeting with representatives of the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation, Bill Conway and Kim Huston.

  • Royalty wants ‘constructive’ relations with new council

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is reaching out to four new members of the City Council following their election Nov. 8 and asking for cooperation in pursuing several of his initiatives for the new year and beyond.

    In a letter to the newly elected members, Royalty said that he wanted to “start the new year in a positive way.” He outlined what he sees as the city government’s top priorities for the next biennium, and invited them to share their priorities with him.

    The tone of the letter was both contrite and defensive.

  • Neighbors concerned about distillery’s planned expansion

    A new craft distillery in Bardstown is looking to up its production before business has really even begun, but that objective could mean a zoning change that has been met with backlash from the community.

    “There are areas of town where these types of businesses absolutely make sense,” said Allison Boone Porteus, who attended a public hearing Tuesday held by the Joint City-County Planning Commission. “We just don’t think that this is the right location for an I-2.”

  • Council calls for investigation of government

    City Councilman Fred Hagan called for an independent investigation of Bardstown’s city government Tuesday in relation to what he believes was an illegal attempt to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    All six members voted for his proposal to hire an investigator. However, Councilman Bill Buckman raised questions about the objective and cost.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Nov. 9

    Mayor: City vehicles won’t leave county
    In response to questioning by Bardstown City Councilman Roland Williams, Mayor John Royalty said last week that henceforth, the city police officers and other employees who live outside Nelson County will no longer be able to take their take-home vehicles across the county line.
    “No vehicles will leave Nelson County. I stopped that today,” Royalty said. “We’ve been in violation of that for probably five years.”