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Government

  • 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.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Sept. 11

    A pair of public works projects in Bloomfield could be directly impacted by the havoc caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

    One of those projects — extending water lines to residents on Hagan Lane — was scheduled to start soon but Public Works Director Ricky Jewell told the city council Monday night that there is a shortage of PVC pipe stemming from the two natural disasters.

    He said the pipe is in short supply and prices have doubled and tripled since the council agreed to the water project at its August meeting.

  • County schools adopt 4 percent tax revenue increase

    Taxes are going up for Nelson County Schools and changes within the district are part of the administration’s justification.

    The Nelson County Schools Board of Education adopted a 4 percent increase in tax revenue at its September work session Thursday night. The decision followed a public tax hearing, held immediately prior to the work session, in which the recommendation of 4 percent was made by Chief Operating Officer Tim Hockensmith.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Sept. 5

    Bishop seeks council support for BCCA

    Gary Bishop of the Bourbon Capital Community Alliance presented to the Bardstown City Council Tuesday the group’s plans for a virtual tour of the city.

    The project, which Bishop is describing as “augmented reality,” is similar to others in the world, notably the Museum of London and the new World Trade Center in New York.

  • ‘Tell us your story’

    A small group in Bloomfield is looking to talk to residents who are knowledgeable about the area and its past as the city takes part in a pilot program to help towns collect and share their histories for future generations to enjoy.

    “We’re just getting started,” said Anne Martin, who is helping facilitate Bloomfield’s project.

  • Lusk appointed to fill empty seat on New Haven City Commission

    The New Haven City Commissioners voted on Tuesday to select Karl Lusk to fill the seat left open when Tessie Cecil assumed the mayoral position vacated by the resignation of Jeff Rogers.

    Lusk is a former commissioner, serving from 1995 to 1997, and has been active in the community for many years.

    He was one of three residents who expressed an interest in the position.

  • Bardstown backs effort to separate state, local pensions

    Across Kentucky there is a movement afoot to separate the pension plan for county, municipal and school district employees from the troubled state employees’ retirement plan.

    Last week, the Bardstown City Council backed that effort by unanimously passing a resolution to support a bill in the legislature this year to remove the County Employees Retirement System from the state system.

  • Magistrates vote not to change tax rates

    County property tax rates will remain unchanged for 2018.

    Following an 8 a.m. public hearing Thursday at which no member of the public showed up to speak, the magistrates held the first reading of a tax ordinance setting the rates at the same rate they’ve been for the past two years and voted unanimously to approve them. The vote that actually enacts the law is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 5.

  • Council discusses ‘threatened litigation’ behind closed doors

    The Bardstown City Council met in closed session for an hour Tuesday night for a discussion of proposed or pending litigation involving a public agency, one of the exceptions to open discussion allowed under the state’s open meetings law.

    According to the statute, KRS 61.810, legislative bodies are required to state, and record in their minutes, a more specific reason for the closed session than citing the statute number and general exemption category, such as discussion of property, personnel or litigation.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Aug. 14

    Some Bloomfield residents may be receiving a higher property tax bill in the near future but they won’t be able to blame it on their city council.

    That group voted on Monday to keep the tax rate the same as a year ago. The rate will be 32.8 cents per $100 of the property’s assessed value. Bardstown and Nelson Fiscal Court had previously decided to hold the line on raising their rates.

    “Some of the property was reassessed by the PVA and that will be the reason for their increase on the bill,” City Clerk Jean Jury explained to the council.