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Government

  • Separating 911 calls ‘not a problem’

    The debate over 911 dispatching in Nelson County has touched on many issues, including cost, control, and quality of equipment and service. But the one that turned the tables was the question of whether separating calls in Bardstown from those outside the city limits would be too difficult.

    In June, Fred Hagan told the Bardstown City Council he had talked with Joe Barrows, executive director of the state Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board, and a member of its staff, Tandy Hubbard, and came away thinking that separating local calls would be a problem.

  • Body cams spark heated debate

    People are asking Councilwoman Kecia Copeland when the Bardstown Police Department will have body cameras again, but she can’t give them an answer because Mayor John Royalty won’t give her one.

    Royalty told her last Tuesday he would let her know when he knows.

    “The people want the cams, so they deserve an answer,” she said. “If you don’t have any answers for me, fine. I won’t ask anymore.”

  • City Council deadlocks on doubling payroll tax

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty could be the one to decide whether the city doubles its occupational tax.

    Tuesday night, the City Council divided 3-3 on raising the tax from half a cent to a cent on every dollar earned, both from employees’ salaries and businesses’ net profits. If that remains unchanged when the council has the second reading of the ordinance amendment in two weeks, the mayor could break the tie.

    Ordinarily, the council doesn’t vote on ordinances on first reading, but in this case, the mayor asked for a vote.

  • Bardstown City Council approves fee to fund 911 dispatching

    The Bardstown City Council on Tuesday enacted an ordinance to impose a $24-per-household annual fee on occupied city properties to pay for 911 dispatching.

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court had already passed a similar ordinance for all county property taxpayers, including those in the city, to pay for city and county dispatching, but according to City Attorney Tim Butler, the city’s ordinance would “supersede” the county’s for city residents. They would not have to pay the fee on both their county and city tax bills.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Aug. 23

    Hearing on tax rate set for next Tuesday

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to hear from the public on the proposed property tax rate for 2017.

  • Settles joining Conservation District Board

    The election for the Nelson County Soil and Water Conservation District Board is over before it even started.

    Only four candidates filed for the four seats out of seven that were contested this year, so there won’t be any contest. Their names won’t even be on the ballot.

  • Details of 911 plan being hashed out this week

    Bardstown and Nelson County officials said this week they are closer to agreement on some aspects of a new interlocal agreement on 911 dispatching, but they’re still far apart on funding.

  • Candidates set for 2016 races

    As the filing deadline approached Tuesday afternoon, it looked as though New Haven wouldn’t have enough candidates to fill its Board of Commissioners, until Tessie Cecil and Joe Mattingly filed late that day. 

    Now the city has a competitive race, with five candidates vying for the commission’s four seats.

  • Molyneaux files for Bardstown City Council

    Rick Molyneaux was the 15th candidate to file for a seat on the six-member Bardstown City Council. He submitted his papers July 27 to the Nelson County Clerk’s Office.

    In a statement to the Standard, Molyneaux said he filed to “add a voice of the people to city government.”

  • Evans files for Bardstown City Council

    Lee Grigsby Evans was the 16th candidate to file for Bardstown City Council.

    “I love Bardstown,” Evans said. “My family has been here for 150 years, and they were all people who served the community. I want to do my part.”

    One of two women running in the crowded race as of press time Tuesday, Evans said she would like to serve on the council because she has some concerns for the city and would like to contribute to solving problems.