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Government

  • Bardstown Main Street program receives state, national accolade

    2015 marks a significant, defining moment for the Bardstown Main Street Program, according to Samantha Brady, as the department was recently named an Accredited Kentucky Main Street Program.

    Brady, director of downtown development, said the new accolade means Bardstown is not only a state recognized Main Street Program, but also a nationally certified Main Street Program.

    “We’re really excited,” Brady said. “We worked really hard for this.”

  • Conway: ‘I’m ready to be governor’

    A Republican criticism of Jack Conway is that he’s a “career politician,” but the 45-year-old state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday his nearly 14 years of experience in state government means he won’t have to learn on the job.

    “I’m ready to be governor,” Conway said during a visit to The Kentucky Standard while on his way to Marion County.

  • Abell retiring as city’s finance officer

    Tuesday afternoon Mike Abell was tying up loose ends.

    The City of Bardstown’s chief financial officer had discovered that Flowers Baking Company had paid the city property taxes it didn’t owe, and he was going to write a check. He was also going to suggest to the City Council that night that it repeal its vaguely worded industrial tax incentive ordinance and write one that is more specific and makes sense.

  • Bardstown City Council news

    City approves changes to zoning regulations

    Bardstown residents will no longer have to get planning and zoning permits for fences unless they’re at least seven feet high, and wheelchair ramp restrictions will be loosened if the City Council approves recommendations by the Planning Commission.

    The council had the first reading of the ordinance amendment at its meeting Tuesday, and the Nelson County Fiscal Court has also agreed to the changes.

    A second reading and a vote are required to enact the ordinance.

  • Planning director presents zoning changes to New Haven City Commission

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners recently held a first reading of an ordinance that adopts two changes to zoning regulations regarding accessibility improvements and fence height.

    At its March meeting, Janet Johnston-Crowe, director for the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County, advised the Board that the Planning Commission is working to update zoning regulations and make needed changes.

  • New Haven exploring flood gauge options

    The City of New Haven is exploring funding options for a flood gauge that would better predict flooding and increase reaction time for residents.

    At the regular meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners March 19, Tom Ruby, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told the Commission that National Weather Service is able to forecast flooding for the Boston area, but not for the New Haven area because there is not a gauge along the Rolling Fork for the city.

  • Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer speaker for Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will give the keynote speech for this year’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on Friday, April 10.

    The Nelson County Democratic Executive Committee and the county’s Democratic Women’s Club will host the event at 5:30 p.m. at Old Kentucky Home Country Club, 529 E. Stephen Foster Ave.

    Dee Dee Ford-Keene, who chairs the fundraiser, was excited about having Fischer give the address.

    He’s an up-and-coming leader of the party, she said, and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

  • City may annex Maywood, Heaven Hill

    Bardstown may be about to enlarge its borders.

    A committee is recommending that the City Council conduct an economic analysis of a proposal to annex the Maywood subdivision and the warehouses at Heaven Hill Distilleries and connect them by way of the Pottershop Road corridor, to include Winddrift and Breezy Way. It would also take in Barton Lake and McDonald’s Lane.

    The annexation could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, mostly from distilled spirits.

  • Bardstown mayor fires city attorney, hires another

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has fired City Attorney Bruce Reynolds and replaced him with another local lawyer, Tim Butler.

    On Saturday, Reynolds confirmed a report that he had been terminated.

    “The mayor had every right to fire me for any reason or no reason, and I accept that,” he said.

    He said the mayor gave him no reason for his decision.

  • AG: Planning Commission violated open records law

    Custody over documents and which agency should retain them has been one wrinkle in the process of the city taking over administering its own sign ordinance.

    Early this month the latest complication came in the form of a Kentucky attorney general’s opinion that ruled the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County had violated the state open records law after Assistant City Administrator Larry Green filed a complaint with the agency.