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Government

  • Bardstown amends city budget

    Bardstown’s city budget must be amended by $40,000 to pay the city’s settlement to Councilwoman Kecia Copeland.

    Last month the council agreed to pay her that amount to avoid a lawsuit against the city over actions against her by the former mayor, John Royalty, and members of his staff under his direction. Her allegations included defamation, violation of her privacy and civil rights, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

    The payment releases the city from any liability.

  • Council approves bonds for potential new distillery

    The Stoli Group, which bought Kentucky Owl Bourbon this year, hasn’t decided where to build its new distillery, but Bardstown is making a play for it.

    After an hour-long meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council unanimously approved a resolution to enter into an agreement to offer the company industrial revenue bonds in an amount up to $149,750 to build and equip a distillery, bottling plant and warehouses in Bardstown.

  • Glisson resigns from Bloomfield City Council

    Saying that it is “time for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job,” Jim Glisson has resigned his position on the Bloomfield City Council.

    Mayor Rhonda Hagan read a letter from Glisson, dated Sept. 14, at Monday’s meeting.

    “It has been a pleasure being a part of the Bloomfield City Council,” Glisson said. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished and I have no doubt the board will continue these successes in the future.”

  • Bardstown keeps its property tax rate unchanged

    The Bardstown City Council gave final approval Tuesday to property tax rates that will remain unchanged for the third year.

    City legislators, after the second reading of the ordinance, voted unanimously to keep the rates at 18.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for real estate, 19.1 cents for personal property and 24 cents for cars, trucks and boats for the 2018 fiscal year that began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018.

  • City of Bardstown expands communications position

    The city is creating a new position, that of marketing and communications specialist.

    Hannah Bowman, who began working for the city as an intern and is now a part-time media specialist, will be going full-time and have more responsibilities.

    Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources director and risk manager, said at Tuesday’s Bardstown City Council meeting that there is a need for more communication, especially social media.

  • New Haven City Commission discusses how to address state pension debate

    The New Haven City Commission broke ranks with two other local governing bodies and took no action on a resolution urging the state legislature to allow the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) to separate from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS).

    City councils in Bardstown and Bloomfield had previously supported the measure that is being pushed by the Kentucky League of Cities. More than 100 cities have passed the resolution, and according to Breanna Carroll with KLC, others are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.

  • Kraeszig restructuring police administration

    The Bardstown Police Department is being restructured again.

    Chief Kim Kraeszig sought the City Council’s approval Tuesday night to have a second assistant chief’s position.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Sept. 12

    Tax rates remain same as in 2017

    The city of Bardstown’s property tax rates won’t be increasing this year.

    After a public hearing Tuesday night, during which no property owners commented, the City Council gave its final approval to an ordinance setting the tax rates for fiscal year 2018, which began July 1 and runs through June 30 of next year.

    The rates will remain the same as in 2017.

  • City pension increase to be costly for Bardstown

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton received a 32-page letter this week from the state budget director informing him that city contributions to its employees’ retirement is going to go up more than anyone anticipated.

    Because of a lower-than-expected return on the rate of investment and slower growth in employment than was estimated earlier in the year, local contributions to hazardous-duty retirement is going up about 61 percent and non-hazardous is increasing about 50 percent for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Copeland recused from closed meeting on settlement

    Councilwoman Kecia Copeland walked out with two lawyers during a two-and-a-half-hour closed-door meeting of the Bardstown City Council Tuesday and remained in the lobby with them until officials reopened the session.

    One of the attorneys, Keith Sparks, would not say whether or not Copeland is suing the city.

    “I cannot confirm or deny anything,” he said.