• Bardstown doesn’t want more whiskey warehouses

    The Bardstown City Council has voted down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow distilled spirits warehouses on agricultural tracts of 20-100 acres as a conditional use.

    Council members unanimously rejected the proposed amendment to the joint city and county planning and zoning regulations at their meeting Tuesday.

    Recently, the Nelson County Fiscal Court tabled an identical proposal for rural and suburban areas outside Bardstown so that the magistrates could have more time to consider the regulation change and possible ramifications.

  • City Council wants SWAT team agreement with county

    Bardstown City Councilman Bill Buckman wants a new agreement with the Nelson County government on how to handle the Police Department’s flex team calls outside city limits.

    The special response team, which is trained for high-risk situations, formerly included Nelson County deputy sheriffs and representatives of other agencies. But since Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced in April that he would no longer participate, it is now basically a Bardstown Police program, Buckman said.

  • City approves human rights panel’s budget

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year was approved by the City Council Tuesday.

    The budgeted revenue is $3,000, with half of that amount coming from the Bardstown City Council and half coming from the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The Fiscal Court must also approve the budget.

    The commission has listed expenses of just more than $3,800, which includes money for educational activities, commission member training, recognition activities, administration and miscellaneous expenses.

  • Election filing deadline is Aug. 9

    The filing deadline for the Nov. 8 general election is less than three weeks away, yet by Monday afternoon, no one had filed for city government offices other than the Bardstown City Council, and former Nelson County Board of Education Chairman Damon Jackey was the only candidate for any seat on any school board.

    The Nelson County Clerk’s Office announced late last Wednesday that Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. was the cut-off for candidates to file their papers for local, nonpartisan offices.

  • Law discourages cities from using utility fees to fund other programs

    Not only is using excess municipal utility fees to pay for government services such as police and parks questionable policy, it could be against the law.

    A 1986 Kentucky statute, KRS 91A.520, states: “User fees shall not generate revenues or profits in excess of the reasonable costs associated with providing a public service.”

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 12

    Council accepts planning budget

    The council received and approved the 2017 fiscal year budget of the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County. 

    The budget has $314,430.37 in revenues and expenditures.


  • Royalty requests flags at half-staff for 12 days for Dallas police officers

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty, a former police officer, has asked that all city flags be flown at half-staff for 12 days in honor of the 12 officers shot Thursday night in Dallas.

    The request came in a statement from acting police chief McKenzie Mattingly and a Facebook post made by the mayor on Friday.

    According to CNN, the ambush, considered a sniper attack, killed five Dallas Police officers and wounded seven others. Two civilians were also injured.

  • Bardstown staff to determine revenue needs

    Before city officials decide on new taxes, they need to decide on revenue needs.

    That was the consensus of members of the Bardstown City Council’s finance committee at the conclusion of an hour-long meeting Thursday.

    The meeting started out as a discussion of raising revenue by increasing existing taxes, creating new taxes, or some mix of both. But some city officials thought that approach was putting the cart before the horse.

  • Magistrates differ over dividing road money

    Last month, when the Nelson County Fiscal Court discussed Magistrate Bernard Ice’s list of roads to be blacktopped, Magistrate Keith Metcalfe revealed his frustration in an offhand remark.

    “I don’t know,” he said. “I think a road ought to get paved when it needs to be paved.”

    But that isn’t how it’s done in Nelson County.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from July 5

    Early Sunday morning alcohol sales approved

    Fishermen who head out early to the lake workers heading home from the late shift will be able to buy beer and other alcoholic beverages by the package as early as 6 a.m. on Sundays.

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday held the second reading of an ordinance amendment to change the time for package sales from 1 p.m. to 6 a.m. to be consistent with the ordinance the city of Bardstown has.