• County magistrates mulling over marriage ceremonies

    With Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts announcing Monday that he would suspend performing marriage ceremonies indefinitely, some Nelson County magistrates have yet to make a decision.

  • Nelson, Democratic candidate for treasurer campaigns in Bardstown

    Kentucky’s Democratic candidate for state treasurer campaigned Wednesday in the county that shares his name.

    Rick Nelson, a state representative from Middlesboro, was in Bardstown meeting voters and handing out business cards late in the morning before doing interviews with local reporters.

    Nelson, 61, faces Republican Allison Ball, a bankruptcy lawyer from Prestonsburg, in the general election after winning 27 percent in a five-candidate Democratic primary in May.

  • Magistrate overwhelmed with neglected yard work

    One public official might have bitten off more than he could chew with his current undertaking.

    Jerry Hahn, 5th District magistrate on Nelson County Fiscal Court, is in the process of cleaning up the yard of a house in Bloomfield free of charge. The house at 215 Taylorsville Road, was first listed in a nuisance ordinance complaint in October. According to court documents related to the initial compliant, the yard had an accumulation of garbage and various weeds. The house itself is also in poor shape, with shingles falling off.

  • Fire department split could affect insurance rates

    One of the talking points for those who want a full-time City of Bardstown Fire Department has been that it could lower homeowner insurance rates.

    Two City Council members, however, are not convinced. At the June 23 meeting, Councilman Francis Lydian said he isn’t sure adding seven firefighters would reduce premiums or that the city’s ISO rating would improve or even stay the same. In fact, he said, it could worsen if the Bardstown Fire Department separates from the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department — which occurred July 1.

  • BNCVFD board approves purchase of digital radios

    Firefighters for the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department will be getting new hand-held digital radios, and all of the trucks also will be equipped with digital communications.

    Stacy Faulkner, chairman, said the board approved the purchases at a special called meeting Thursday to discuss plans for separating from the City of Bardstown Fire Department effective June 30, the date the contract was to expire.

    Faulkner said the 45 portable radios and truck radios together will cost about $18,000.

  • Bardstown City Council passes employee compensation plan


    It’s been a year in the making, but the city of Bardstown’s employee compensation and classification plan is now in place.

    The City Council, in a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, held the second reading of the ordinance and voted to enact it.

    “There weren’t any changes” since the first reading June 2, said Assistant City Administrator Larry Green, “and it was over within about 10 minutes.”

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs

    Cost of living increases, Homeland Security grant applications and the sheriff’s Office’s 2014 tax settlement were some of the matters the Nelson County Fiscal Court dealt with at a special meeting Tuesday.

    Salary reviews
    County employees will be getting a 0.8 percent cost of living salary increase in the new year, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts announced Tuesday.

    The figure is based on the consumer price index and is intended to help workers keep pace with the cost of inflation.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs

    Water Tank Repairs
    The repairs and painting being done on the Bardstown Water Treatment Plant’s clear wells will cost an additional $18,730 for the installation of support structures for new baffle curtains in all three tanks. The change order for C & S Quality Services was approved by the City Council Tuesday.

    Historical review
    The City Council on Tuesday approved four certificate of appropriate applications recommended by the Bardstown Historical Review Board.

  • Buckman, Royalty deny wanting city to have its own dispatching

    Bardstown City Councilman Bill Buckman is denying that he wants to start a separate emergency dispatch service for the city — something Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said Buckman told him.

    “I didn’t say that,” Buckman said this week. “I said we need to work on maybe a separate system for police only, and he took that out of context.”

  • Lydian rebuffed after asking for new fire service contract

    Councilman Francis Lydian made a last-ditch effort Tuesday to get a new agreement with the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department, but nobody was interested.

    After the council had voted 5-1 to pass a 2016 fiscal year budget that included $2.37 million for an expanded City of Bardstown Fire Department, Lydian said the volunteer service known locally as “the corporation,” had saved the city money and lives, and he wanted the two fire departments to continue operating as one, as they have for decades.