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Government

  • City Council rejects mayor’s demands

    The Bardstown City Council has rejected Mayor John Royalty’s claim that it broke the law by meeting in private with an investigator hired to look into allegations of misconduct, along with the mayor’s demands that it retract its decision to expand the investigation and return seized records.

    In a response filed Tuesday, Councilman Dick Heaton asserts that the council can exclude the mayor from a meeting if it is considering removing him from office.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from Feb. 16

    Commissioners have plans for Big Blue

    A volunteer group in New Haven is continuing its work to renovate a city-owned building that could later be rented for retail space or used for community events.

    City Commissioner Jane Masse told the city commission Thursday that Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has agreed to place a dumpster on the former Big Blue Tavern property on Main Street so drywall and other debris can be removed from the building.

  • Mayor alleges city council violated meetings law

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has brought a complaint against the City Council alleging that its members met illegally with the attorney they hired to investigate his administration.

    In responding to the complaint, a councilman confirmed that it is the mayor himself who is most likely the target for possible removal as a result of the investigation. Other council members also said the Mayor is attempting to keep them from “finding the truth.”

  • Coffee with Chad keeps tradition of taking time to talk to constituents

    Tax credits for private schools, marketing farm products and the progress of the U.S. 31E widening were some of the issues on the minds of folks who gathered at High Grove Grocery Saturday morning to eat sausage biscuits and bend the ears of their state officials.

    Nelson County’s new state representative, Chad McCoy, is continuing a practice started by his predecessor, David Floyd, of going around to country stores in his district to listen to people’s concerns and talk with them about bills before the General Assembly.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Feb. 13

    Police officers honored by city
    Bardstown Police Officers Shannon Hall and Derek Sidebottom were honored before the City Council Tuesday for their quick action in saving a heroin overdose victim.

    On Jan. 31, around noon, dispatchers got a call that a vehicle was stalled and blocking the intersection at John Rowan Boulevard and Bloomfield Road, and that the driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel.

  • Bloomfield City Council approves saving money on bonding issue

    The City of Bloomfield will save over $94,000 over the next 24 years after the city council passed a resolution on Monday that would allow Mayor Rhonda Hagan to refinance bonds on a water and sewer loan.

    The city currently owes $990,000 on the bonds that were issued in 2001.

    The agreement is with the Kentucky Rural Water Corporation and the bonds will be sold by Raymond James and Associates.

  • Mayor: ‘I don’t recall’

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty says he doesn’t remember if he was involved in producing two fire reports that ended up in anonymous packets targeting a city councilwoman in November. But he doesn’t deny involvement, either.

    “I don’t recall asking nobody to print out fire reports,” Royalty said under oath during a recent deposition.

  • Royalty claims he is victim of racial bias

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty blamed a “racial divide” with black City Council members for much of the past two years’ controversy, especially a call to investigate his administration in May 2016.

    “There was three — three blacks voted for it and three whites voted against it and it’s been a separated council and I was the deciding factor and I voted against it. I wasn’t wasting taxpayers’ money,” Royalty said during a recent deposition.

  • Mayor says he defers to HR director, but went against his advice for Trailergate

    When it comes to personnel decisions, Bardstown Mayor John Royalty said he defers to his human resources director.

    But when the city employee in question was his personal friend whom he had recently promoted to police captain and interim chief, he went against that advice.

  • Mattingly was slated to be transferred until mayor intervened

    The officer Bardstown Mayor John Royalty promoted as second-in-command of the Bardstown Police Department had faced a brokered transfer only months earlier because of a Facebook rant he posted that caused prosecutors to bar him from presenting cases.

    Bardstown Police Capt. McKenzie Mattingly, when he was a narcotics detective in October 2015, posted to his Facebook page a lengthy tirade criticizing the local judicial system after Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms admonished him in a court ruling for using excessive force.