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Government

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 28

    Water tanks
    The City Council at its meeting Tuesday approved a change order for work on one of the city’s water tanks, not to exceed $10,300 in total costs. The work is for caulking around the base of the tanks, and furnishing  and installing an angle in the roof of one of the tanks.
    The work is being done by C & S Quality Services.

    By the drink
    The council approved two zoning changes at its July 28 meeting, based on the recommendations of the Joint Planning Commission.

  • Royalty and Watts playing a whole new ball game

    The mayor said Tuesday he will take his bleachers and go home after the county judge refused to play by his new rules.

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty and Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts announced this week that the nearly 20-year joint funding agreement between the county and city would end after the two failed to agree on new contract terms.

    Royalty was seeking an additional $150,000 from the county and Watts refused the 150-percent increase.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 21

    Tannery Hill easement
    The Bardstown City Council has authorized Mayor John Royalty to sign a conservation easement for the Tannery Hill property off Springfield Road.
    The easement, which protects the property from future development, is a condition of the $86,500 grant the city received last summer to buy the 16 acres from David Mattingly for use as a nature park with hiking trails.
    The city’s share of the cost was $16,540 and fees.

  • Bardstown will battle mosquitoes

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has thrown down the gauntlet in the battle against mosquitoes.

    “The war is on,” he declared at a recent City Council meeting, when he announced that he had bought equipment to eradicate the blood-sucking insects, and a trainer would be coming to show city workers how to use it.

    The mosquito problem is expected to be especially bad this summer, he said, and local officials around the region are preparing for the worst. The mosquitoes are a public health concern because they spread West Nile virus and other diseases.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from July 21

    New radio tower for New Haven
    The E-911 dispatch tower for the southern part of Nelson County will soon become a reality.
    Emergency Management Director Joe Prewitt told the Fiscal Court at its meeting Tuesday the county has received a 130-foot tall radio tower as a gift from the Winchester Fire Department.
    “We paid for the removal and transported it to the New Haven Fire Department Thursday, so we got a really good deal,” Prewitt said after the meeting.

  • City settles lawsuit with Scott & Ritter

    Bardstown has settled a lawsuit with a construction firm over a $4 million contract regarding the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

    In 2010, Scott & Ritter Inc. of Bowling Green was the low bidder for a project involving wastewater treatment plant filter improvements and clearwell expansion. Three years later, the company sued the city for breach of contract, claiming the city still owed it $58,537.50.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 14

    Arts and crafts fair
    The Bardstown City Council at its meeting July 14 approved a request by the Bardstown Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair to close four streets for the Oct. 10 and 11 event. The streets are Fifth Street from West Stephen Foster to Broadway, Fourth Street from 113 N. Fourth St. to the city parking lot on Flaget Avenue, Xavier Drive and the 200 block of Flaget Avenue.
    The streets will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, until 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

  • Butler gives council members advice on attending meetings

    Bardstown City Attorney Tim Butler’s recommendation to City Council members is that they may attend meetings of committees they are not members of, but “the devil is in the details.”

    “You may not participate in any manner in the committee meeting,” Butler advised. “You can’t ask for clarification. You can’t nod approval or frown in disapproval. I wouldn’t advise smiling if you like something.”

    All of these actions could be interpreted as participation, he explained.

  • VIEWPOINTS: When the church bells stop ringing

    I couldn’t understand what my 2-year-old grandson, Eli, was saying. We were at our church’s playground, and as I was pushing him on the swing, he was asking me something I couldn’t quite make out.

    Finally, I got it.

    His Kentucky boy accent had his word for “bells” sounding like bales, as in bales of hay. He wanted to know about the “church bells,” not from our church but from St. Augustine Catholic Church, our neighbor on the other side of the block, whose church bells had just rung.

  • Bloomfield City Council Briefs for July 13, 2015

    City pursuing unpaid property taxes

    Those who have not paid property taxes for the past two years in Bloomfield will have to pay up soon or risk losing their property.
    Mayor Rhonda Hagan encouraged the Bloomfield City Council to place liens on those who have not paid property taxes since 2014 and pursue foreclosure on those that still owe the city money since 2013.

    “It’s time to take action,” Hagan said.

    Before any motion was taken, the difference between a lien and foreclosure was explained.