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Government

  • Augustine steps down as county GOP chairman

    Robert Augustine, who has served as Nelson County’s Republican Party chairman for two years, is stepping down from that post temporarily during his campaign for a seat on the Bardstown City Council.

    In an email Tuesday night, Augustine stated that “while serving as a party chairman holds no conflicts of interest,” he wanted to do his best to make sure his candidacy “doesn’t become a potential distraction” to the Nelson County Republican Party or its slate of candidates, all of whom he said he will continue to support.

  • Buckman withdraws from City Council race

    City Councilman Joe Buckman has withdrawn from the November election, making him the third councilman who will not seek re-election this year.

    The Nelson County Clerk’s Office confirmed that Buckman withdrew his name Monday. He will still appear on the ballot, however, because Aug. 25 was the last day to remove candidates’ names. He said he waited so long because he didn’t want to do it until after his daughter’s wedding.

  • Zone changes approved

    The Fiscal Court approved two zone changes that were recommended by the Planning Commission.

    One was a request from Lisha’s Greenbriar Store for half an acre at 6445 Loretto Road (Ky. 49) from B-1 (neighborhood business) to R-1A (single family residential).

    The other was a request by Michael and Kimberly King for 2.3 acres on the west side of Old Bloomfield Road from R-1A (single family residential) to A-1 (agricultural).

  • State road money funding several projects

    At its meeting Tuesday, the Nelson County Fiscal Court passed a resolution executing an agreement with the state Transportation Cabinet to accept $215,000 for resurfacing several county roads:

    • all of Tollgate Road from Ky. 52 east, a little more than a mile.

    • about a mile of Pottershop Road from Bear Creek Bridge north to Mill Creek Bridge.

    • a little more than half a mile of Airport Road from just north of Ky. 2737 to Barnes Road.

    • Hobbs Lane from Ky. 509 east for about four-fifths of a mile.

  • County enacts rules for speed humps

    Speed humps are pains in the back for drivers who dislike them and road workers who plow over them, but some residents want them — and if they get them, they’re going to have to pay for them and the damage they do to county roads.

    That was the message County Engineer Jim Lemieux delivered to the Nelson County Fiscal Court Tuesday along with the county’s new guidelines for speed humps.

  • Bardstown keeps property tax at present rate

    After a lengthy work session the week before during which city officials talked about the need for more general fund revenue to give employees raises, the Bardstown City Council Tuesday against raising the property tax rate.

    The councilmen voted 4 to 2 to keep the “compensating rate” (the rate at which the city would bring in about the same amount of revenue as the year before), as it has done every year for several years.

  • Sheckles breaks tie vote on temporary sign rules clarification

    It took a vote by the mayor Tuesday night to break a tie on amending a section of the sign ordinance intended to clarify wording regarding temporary signs.

    An advisory committee is studying overhauling the entire ordinance, but the Planning Commission, which administers and enforces the sign regulations for the city, had said it would no longer allow its staff to do so while that part of it remained unclear. So the Bardstown City Council offered to better spell out what the law requires regarding temporary signs.

  • Downtown merchants weigh in on sign debate

    Slow down.

    Listen to the people.

    Be accountable.

    That was the emerging consensus at a public forum Wednesday night on the city of Bardstown’s latest effort to overhaul its sign regulations for the first time in 20 years.

    Business owners and residents asked the committee to get input from those who will be affected by changes it proposes to the Bardstown City Council and not be in such a hurry to get it done; just get it right.

  • New Haven Commission faces decision on mayor

    Not only has the City of New Haven suffered a great loss with the recent passing of Mayor Bobby Johnson, but the Board of Commissioners must now fill the vacancy, and has a short amount of time to do so.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said Kentucky law requires “If a vacancy occurs, the legislative body shall fill any permanent vacancy in the office within 30 days.”

    With Johnson’s passing Aug. 31, this would put the city’s deadline to appoint a new mayor by the end of the month.

  • Hutchins rebukes effort to question petition

    Independent judge-executive candidate Tim Hutchins said this week he’s confident he’ll have the required 100 valid voter signatures he needs to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.

    He also said that attorney Jason Floyd’s examination of his petition is an attempt by Peter Trzop’s campaign to try to get him out of the race for county judge-executive so that Trzop will get all the anti-incumbent vote by making it a two-way contest with Democrat Dean Watts.