• Bloomfield looking to curb produce sales outside city farmers market

    The Bloomfield City Council is looking to ban the sale of produce in Bloomfield anywhere except the farmers market.

    The first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the sale of locally grown produce outside of the Bloomfield farmers market was read during a special-called meeting of the Bloomfield City Council Monday night.

    Mayor Rhonda Hagan said the ordinance is aimed to protect the farmers market, which opened in May.

  • Opinions differ on bike lanes

    On his black-and-pink bicycle with whitewall tires, Dzevad Kreso is a familiar sight in Bardstown. He uses the bike for work, to shop and to make deliveries for his two downtown restaurants.

    It’s how he gets around.

    “I ride a bike every day … probably 10 or 15 miles,” he said. “Sometimes it’s quicker. It takes less time than driving.”

  • Citizens speak out at meeting about road diet

    Concerns about traffic safety and travel time were at the center of a discussion Tuesday regarding the state Department of Highways’ road diet for North Third Street.

    Although a show of hands indicated about twice as many of the 40 to 50 people attending the Bardstown Active Neighborhoods Delegation meeting opposed the road diet as supported it, the comments were about evenly divided.

  • State law doesn’t prohibit shooting regulations

    After County Judge-Executive Dean Watts proposed a county ordinance to prohibit discharging firearms in residential areas, county officials got strong criticism from residents who said such a regulation would not only be unconstitutional, but would violate a state law.

    It would not, said the state representative who actually wrote the statutory provision in question.

  • Fiscal Court Briefs July 15

    Talking trash

    Although they took no action, the magistrates and the county judge met in closed session at the end of Tuesday’s meeting to talk about pending litigation involving the county government and the city of Bardstown over who has the right to collect trash in residential areas annexed by the city.

    The dispute dates back to 2005.

  • City to allow state mosquito spraying

    Bardstown will allow state workers to spray the city this summer for mosquitoes.

    At the City Council meeting last Tuesday, July 8, Benson Bell, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office for Consumer and Environmental Protection, made a presentation on the spraying of the aerial pesticide Duet, which he said is effective against mosquitoes but almost harmless to humans.

    “It would be unusual for somebody to get sick from this chemical,” he said.

  • City underestimates cost of electric work

    A city project to bury electrical lines underground in the area of Demaree and Guthrie drives is going to cost $266,000 more than estimated.

    Electrical Engineer Jeff Mills told the Bardstown City Council Tuesday the project, partly funded by a $330,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency hazardous mitigation grant, was at first expected to cost the city $177,000 based on the cost of an earlier project, but it turned out there were many differences, including the amount of rock to be removed.

  • Classification plan passes unanimously

    On its second reading, the city ordinance amending the employee compensation and classification plan was approved by all council members.

    For the purpose of calculating pay within each grade, the plan assumes a minimum wage increase of 2 percent and a maximum of 1.7 times the minimum. The plan also eliminates some job descriptions and adds others, and lists the numbers authorized for each job description.

  • Mayor swears in new officers

    Mayor Bill Sheckles swore in two new Bardstown Police Department officers, Dalton Pinkston and Derek Sidebottom, in the City Council meeting last Tuesday, July 8.

    Sidebottom, 29, comes to the city from the Kentucky State Police Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and Pinkston, 23, comes from the Danville Police Department. Both have been in law enforcement for less than two years.

    With their hiring, the city’s police force is now fully staffed with 27 sworn officers. The agency, including civilian staff, has 30 employees.

  • Road diet public hearing scheduled for Tuesday

    One of the goals of the “road diet” for Bardstown’s Third Street was to slow the traffic and thus avoid collisions.

    According to the state, there have been fewer crashes, and traffic is slower.

    That’s the problem, say those who don’t like it.

    “Yes, it’s slowed people down, that’s for sure,” said Lisa Edelen, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics.

    Reducing four lanes to one in each direction and a designated middle turning lane has caused bottlenecks, she said.