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Government

  • Local GOP party leaders pleased with caucus plan

    The Kentucky Republican Party has decided to hold a presidential preference caucus March 5 rather than have members vote on their nominee in the May primary — and that pleases some Nelson County party leaders.

    Neither of the county’s Republican legislators, who are members of the State Republican Central Committee, were present at its meeting Saturday, but they liked the outcome.

  • Fiscal Court approves zoning law updates

    Whiskey rickhouses now allowed on farms

    Distilleries will no longer have to locate their whiskey warehouses on land zoned I-2 for heavy industry.

    On Tuesday, the Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a recommendation by the Joint City-County Planning Commission to allow rickhouses to be built on farmland provided certain conditions are met. 

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court news briefs

     Library tax rates

    The Nelson County Public Library Board has chosen to take the compensating tax rates of 8.1 cents per $100 of assessed value for real estate and 8.10 cents per $100 for personal property for the 2015 year. 

  • Mayor, judge announce agreement on joint dispatching service

    City and county officials announced Friday they had reached an agreement to extend the combined dispatch service that serves all county and city first-responders.

    Under the terms of the agreement, according to Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts and Bardstown Mayor John Royalty, the city will reduce its annual contribution by about $24,000. 

  • New Haven Board of Commissioners, Aug. 20

    Fire Department

    An interlocal agreement between Nelson County and the City of Bardstown concerning emergency dispatching is set to expire at the end of September and New Haven Fire Chief Freddy DeWitt is fearful of a split.

    DeWitt, a member of the E-911 Dispatch Board, said that if the city and county were to operate under two dispatch centers, having to transfer emergency calls would mean a loss of time.

    It included those concerns in a routine department update Thursday at the New Haven Board of Commissioners meeting.

  • Officials call recent split ‘separate but related’

    Although the decision to make the Bardstown Fire Department a fully staffed, 24/7 service occurred only days after Mayor John Royalty severed its ties with the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department, the mayor and other city officials say the plan was already in the works.

  • Edelen says management of teacher retirement system isn’t the problem

    The problem with Kentucky’s teachers’ retirement system isn’t that it’s mismanaged, it’s that the legislature hasn’t funded it, Auditor Adam Edelen said Thursday, turning the issue back on his Republican opponent, Mark Harmon, who has been in the state House for 12 years.

  • Bardstown tax increase likely; options discussed

    The Bardstown City Council is considering several options to come up with half a million dollars in new revenue — including lifting the income limit on the occupational tax and raising the rate, enacting new utility and insurance fees, increasing the property tax or some combination of those choices.

    “We need to come up with a new revenue stream” to cover the $530,000 increase in the budget for the Bardstown Fire Department, Councilman Roland Williams explained at the start of a work session Thursday afternoon.

  • Fiscal Court votes to establish its own parks and rec board

    County officials are moving ahead with plans to establish their own parks and recreation program after County Judge-Executive Dean Watts and Bardstown Mayor John Royalty failed to come to an agreement on how much the county should contribute to the jointly funded parks program and terminated an agreement that had been in place for 21 years.

    On Tuesday, the Nelson County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution to create a new board to administer county recreational facilities.

  • County, youth leagues move on after split with city

    Don Harned Field, the only city-owned baseball park left in the wake of the dissolved 20-year agreement between Bardstown and Nelson County to manage the joint recreation department, might now be able to be called a stadium.

    The old field now has more seating than any of the four high school baseball facilities in the county, following the removal under order of Mayor John Royalty of all the bleachers last week from county-owned Dean Watts Park by the City of Bardstown, which originally purchased the bleachers.