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Government

  • Deadline closes in for changing political party registration

    If you’re a registered voter in Kentucky and you want to change your party affiliation before the 2015 elections, you must do so before the end of this year.

    The regular voter registration deadline is April 20, but years ago, the legislature established Dec. 31 of the year prior to the election as the date for voters to decide which party’s primary they want to vote in on the primary day, which next year is May 19.

  • County landfill building ‘substantially complete’

    Several projects on the county government’s wish list should be completed during the Christmas season or soon after, and some new projects were added to the list for the new year.

    At the Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, Brad Spalding, the solid waste and landfill coordinator, told the judge and magistrates that work was almost finished on the new mechanics building and equipment storage shed at the landfill.

  • Sheckles wants to negotiate with Louisville TV stations

    Bardstown Cable TV will try and negotiate better rates from Louisville’s four big major network television stations — WDRB, WAVE, WHAS and WLKY — Mayor Bill Sheckles said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    On the agenda was a report from a cable programming committee that recommended city officials renegotiate rates even if it results in the decision to drop one or more of the stations from its cable lineup.

  • Relationships key to influencing lawmakers, Floyd tells Baptists

    Building trusting relationships with state lawmakers and other elected officials is crucial to influencing legislation, state Rep. David Floyd told a group of Baptist preachers and staffers this month in Louisville.

    Floyd, a Bardstown Republican and a deacon at Parkway Baptist Church, spoke to the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Committee on Public Affairs Dec. 2 about how the group could weigh in on issues likely to come before the General Assembly in January.

  • City Council approves purchase of software for video on demand

    Local cable subscribers have demanded video on demand, and they’re going to get it.

    On Tuesday, Bardstown City Council members unanimously approved spending $187,000 on the most expensive part of the system it’s putting in place to allow viewers to search for and purchase movies and recorded sporting events online.

    Seachange International of Acton, Mass., was the successful bidder among six vendors.

  • Police chief says he’ll apply for federal body cam grant

    Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said Tuesday he’s waiting on President Barack Obama to return his calls.

    Just kidding.

    However, he’s serious about applying for the city’s share of the $75 million the president wants from Congress to pay for body cameras for police departments throughout the nation.

    The president’s request follows protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after the young man allegedly attacked him.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Dec. 8

    • An amendment to the city’s water and sewer ordinance was approved during a Bloomfield City Council meeting Monday night.

    The amendment changes a fee that would be charged to any individuals who damage city water and sewer company property.

    Under the new amendment, the first offense would require those who damaged property to pay $100 plus any costs of repair.

    • Council members also approved two bids for the city’s wastewater improvement project, which will include work on the city’s pump stations and sewer lines.

  • Bardstown city audit reveals no significant financial issues

    An annual audit of the City of Bardstown’s finances showed no significant deficiencies and no examples of noncompliance with government standards.

    At the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Bill Sheckles presented the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 and said it was a favorable report.

    “The audit’s good. We’re in good shape. I want you all to keep it that way when I’m gone,” said the mayor, who is leaving office at the end of this month.

  • Holiday garbage pick-up

    City and county garbage for the Thanksgiving weekend will be on a one-day delay.

    The City of Bardstown will have no garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. Those who normally would have their trash picked up that day will have it collected on Friday, Nov. 28, and those who normally have theirs collected on Friday will have it picked up on Saturday.

    All city residents should have their garbage set out by 8 a.m.

    Anyone who has questions may call City Hall at 348-5947.

  • Falling fuel prices raise concerns about roads

    Gasoline and diesel prices have plunged this fall, which is good for consumers’ budgets, but bad for road budgets.

    On New Year’s Day, the state gasoline tax, which is determined by a formula based on the wholesale price of fuel, will drop by 4.3 cents, which it’s estimated will reduce funding for road projects and maintenance by about $129 million a year.