• Auditor shares concerns about negative general fund balance

    The city of Bardstown’s auditor has again given the municipal government high marks overall for its financial management, but expressed some concerns about negative fund balances.

    During her report to the Bardstown City Council Tuesday night, Linda Gray, a certified public accountant for the Louisville firm Peercy & Gray, PSC, which has handled Bardstown’s auditing for many years, told city officials the audit went well, thanks to a “competent staff.”

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Dec. 27

    Sims reappointed to codes board

    Margaret Sims was reappointed to the Bardstown Code Enforcement Board by Mayor John Royalty with the City Council’s support Tuesday, but the decision was not unanimous. Bobby Simpson, Bill Buckman and Roland Williams agreed to appoint Sims, the chairwoman of the board, to another term; Fred Hagan and Kecia Copeland did not.

    Royalty said the job of enforcing the city’s nuisance ordinances is a difficult job that not everyone can do.

    Council approves historical reviews

  • Social media policy deleted

    The city of Bardstown will not have a policy that controls City Council members’ use of social media.

    City employees’ use, however, will be restricted by an order of the mayor.

    A municipal order that would have regulated both employees and council members failed to get a motion to pass during the council’s meeting Tuesday.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Dec. 13

    Employee vehicle use restricted

    Bardstown city workers who live outside Nelson County will not be allowed to take their city-owned-or-leased vehicles home with them unless they are “on call,” which means they must be able to respond to emergency situations while off-duty.

    The new rule is the most significant change in an update to the city’s vehicle use policy, which also requires an employee operating a city vehicle to have a valid driver’s license and prohibits use of vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

  • Bethlehem High School student is inventor of Christmas postmark

    Lexi Morris, 16, is not only a junior at Bethlehem High School, but also the designer of Nazareth Post Office’s new Christmas postmark.

    When USPS postmaster Cindy Beasley and her colleagues were planning what design they would use for this year’s holiday postmark, they devised the idea of letting Bethlehem High School students develop an art piece that they could use for the project.

  • Ideas discussed in second sign series for New Haven

    The New Haven Community Development Committee is gearing up for spring, when it will unveil its second series in a new sign project started earlier this year.

    The project, called Historical Perspective, began in September when the committee debuted the first series. The series included 11 blue-framed signs depicting historical photographs of various locations around town. Series 2 will continue with new photos and new locations.

  • Bardstown approves syringe exchange

    Nelson County’s syringe exchange for heroin addicts and other intravenous drug users should be operational by this summer, public health officials said after the Bardstown City Council passed a resolution supporting it.

  • City removing Ballard signs

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is getting complaints about his code enforcement officer removing roadside signs supporting the family of Crystal Rogers, who has been missing since July 2015, and her father, Tommy Ballard, who was shot and killed Nov. 19.

  • Mayor’s assistant leaving to work for Bardstown Bourbon Company

    Bardstown City Hall is looking for a new executive assistant.

    Kathy Graham, who was one of the mayor’s first hires, is leaving to be executive assistant to David Mandell, the president and chief administrative officer of one of the city’s newest industries, Bardstown Bourbon Company. She also will support Garnett Black, the company’s vice president of operations.

    The Kentucky Standard is publishing an ad today seeking her replacement.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Dec. 6

    Officials honor Lemieux

    County Engineer Jim Lemieux, who began his service with the county by expanding rural water lines, then managed the landfill and solid waste program and finally became the supervisor of its road department, is retiring this month.

    On Tuesday, Lemieux was honored by the Nelson County Fiscal Court and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts with a plaque.