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Government

  • Firefighter scolds council members

    The president of the union that represents Bardstown firefighters took two City Council members to task Tuesday for not being supportive enough of those who risk their lives for others.

    Lt. Justin Brown of the Bardstown Fire Department spoke for more than seven minutes, questioning the commitment of Councilman Francis Lydian and Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to the safety of the firefighters and city residents.

    Recently, both members voted against the purchase of a new $746,000 ladder truck to replace a 1988 truck.

  • KSP dispatch proposal could save Bardstown $133,000 each year

    Having the Kentucky State Police dispatch for the Bardstown Police Department and Fire Department would cost $133,000 less annually than staying with the Bardstown-Nelson County E-911 Dispatch Center, according to Assistant City Administrator Larry Green’s latest figures.

    Green went over numbers with the Bardstown City Council Tuesday, making the same presentation he had made in more detail Monday to its Safety Committee.

    “It really boils down to a question for the council of two options,” he said.

  • Sheckles files for Bardstown City Council

    After being out of city government for 18 months, one prominent local leader is ready to get back in the ring.

    Bill Sheckles, 62, filed to run for Bardstown City Council Tuesday morning.

    He was previously elected mayor in 2010 and served until 2014, when he was defeated in his re-election bid by current Bardstown Mayor John Royalty. He also served as a city councilman for 12 years prior to becoming mayor.

    He currently works at Conway-Heaton car dealership as a sales leader.

  • New Haven budget reflects water rate increase

    The City of New Haven conducted the first reading of a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-2017 Thursday at its monthly meeting, and a water rate increase is included.

    The 3 percent increase, which goes into effect in July, is to allow for inflation and rising expenses, according to the ordinance.

    The monthly charge for wastewater will remain at 100 percent of the water charge. Effective July 1, the in-city water and wastewater rates will increase as follows:

  • Green makes case for KSP 911 proposal

    During a meeting Monday of the Bardstown City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Asst. City Administrator Larry Green presented the argument for city officials to accept the Kentucky State Police’s 911 dispatching proposal rather than approve a new interlocal agreement with the Nelson County Fiscal Court to continue the current joint service.

    The committee, however, did not vote to make a recommendation.

  • Watts asked for private 911 meeting

    Recently, Bardstown Mayor John Royalty rebuffed City Councilman Francis Lydian’s request that he and Councilman Bobby Simpson be included in a discussion of the 911 interlocal agreement between the city and county governments.

    Both Simpson and Lydian had earlier asked that county magistrates also be involved in the talks involving Royalty and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

    Royalty told Lydian the initial meeting would be between Watts and himself only, because that’s the way Watts wanted it.

  • Johnson files to run for Bardstown City Council

    After a year on the local Human Rights Commission, Michael Johnson is setting his sights for public service higher; he wants to serve on the Bardstown City Council.

    He is the second candidate to file for a seat on the nonpartisan legislative body in the Nov. 8 general election.

    Johnson, 27, is a newcomer to Bardstown, having moved here in 2014 after he graduated Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va. He followed his family to Nelson County after his father became associate pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church.

  • PHOTOS: Primary voters head to polls

    Voters turned out at area precints Tuesday for the 2016 primary election.

  • County Fire and Rescue fee hike approved

    Nelson County Fire and Rescue will get a $10 increase in its annual fee to fund its operation.

    The fees are called membership dues because they are not a mandatory tax, and the mostly volunteer fire service in the past was considered a private entity. However, because the county puts the dues on its tax bills and provides other assistance, it is regulated by the state Department of Local Government’s new law as a special purpose government entity.

  • Royalty police record mix of commendations and accusations

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty’s personnel files from his time as a Lexington police officer show a mix of accolades and complaints from the public, and provide some details about his eventual termination.

    His history in Lexington, in addition to his firing from the Bardstown Police Department in 1998 for violating the department’s policy on the use of deadly force, have drawn renewed scrutiny in the wake of the mayor’s decision to restructure the department in late March.