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Government

  • Magistrates approve $24 million budget

    County government employees will get a 3 percent raise in next year’s budget.

    Four of Nelson County’s five magistrates (one was absent) gave the county’s $24 million spending plan their seal of approval Tuesday.

    Magistrates Sam Hutchins, Bernard Ice, Jerry Lear and Keith Metcalfe voted unanimously to approve County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ 2017-18 fiscal year budget at their meeting Tuesday. Magistrate Jeff Lear, who approved the budget for its first reading May 2, was absent.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 5

    Changes made in short-term rentals

    Changes made to planning and zoning regulations regarding short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast inns received their final approval Tuesday.

    The new rules limit occupancy, prescribe where short-term accommodations may and may not be located, require inspections and payment of the room tax just like any hotel, and are intended to provide more lodging for guests while protecting property values and neighborhoods.

    District 1 blacktop projects agreed on

  • Governor visits Heaven Hill for ceremonial bill signing

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was in Bardstown Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of legislation expected to boost bourbon tourism, and to present Heaven Hill Brands a safety award for a million production hours without a lost-time incident.

    He was joined by Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey, state legislators, including Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, sponsor of the bill, and spirits industry representatives at Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

  • Council members named to committees

    Bardstown City Council members have been assigned to committees, including a new panel to oversee the city’s parks.
    Changes to the council’s standing committees were made necessary by the removal of former Mayor John Royalty, Royalty’s replacement as mayor by then Councilman Dick Heaton, and Heaton’s replacement as councilman by David Dones.

  • Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from May 23

    City gets grant for biking path
    “The path” along Ky. 245 will be longer.

    Jessica Filiatreau, Bardstown’s civil engineer, reported to the council Tuesday night the city be getting a grant to extend the biking and walking trail to Chambers Boulevard.

    The original path was part of a project to widen John Rowan Boulevard (Ky. 245) to four lanes from Bloomfield Road (U.S. 62) to Springfield Road (U.S. 150). This funding would allow the city to take it in the other direction past shopping centers.

  • Former mayor Royalty appeals his dismissal

    As promised, former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has appealed his dismissal from office by the Bardstown City Council to Nelson Circuit Court.

    He waited almost until the last day to do it.

    On Friday afternoon, Royalty’s attorneys, Jason Floyd and Doug Hubbard, electronically filed an appeal of the council’s April 13 decision to remove the mayor for misconduct that followed a two-day public hearing.

  • Quarles speaks to FFA students

    The cafeteria at Nelson County High School was packed Thursday night with FFA members, parents and special guests gathered together for an end of the year banquet.

    The event included recognition of members in various competitions and accomplishments, and the exiting of FFA officers. Among the guests, which included district officials and state legislators, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shared a message with the room.

    “It is an honor to be back in Nelson County,” Quarles said. “This is a great agricultural county.”

  • Bloomfield Council briefs from May 8

    Council concerned about vandalism at park

    Bloomfield officials are searching for answers after an uptick in vandalism at the city park.

    Mayor Rhonda Hagan told the city council Monday night a family had rented the facility on Sunday, but when they showed up, extensive damage had been done to the restroom facilities.

  • Inquiry amends city budget by $82,000

    After months of drama regarding the investigation and removal of John Royalty as the city’s mayor, the Bardstown City Council got back to routine business Tuesday, but not before dealing with one final matter regarding the probe.

    The current budget was amended to increase spending by $82,000, from $8,609,266 to $8,691,266 to cover the costs of lawyer Scott Crosbie’s investigation, which were over $72,000, and about $10,000 in other legal expenses.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from May 2

    Blacktop dollars added to budget

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court’s $24 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year was amended Tuesday to put $300,000 into the road fund for paving.

    “After about two weeks of consultation and about an inch off of my hide,” County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said, he was making changes to the budget he presented April 18.

    The “consensus of the court,” he said, was that there needed to be more money for blacktop because the state had cut its funding.