• Line of credit to dispatch center approved

    Nelson Fiscal Court has agreed to extend a maximum $250,000 line of credit to the Nelson County Dispatch Center for equipment purchases and upgrades.

    “The intent is to have it paid back in two, two-and-a-half years or so,” Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts told Fiscal Court at the Monday morning special meeting.

  • Ways to improve, expand Bourbon Festival on agenda

    At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission board discussed ways to improve the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for next year.

    Dawn Ballard Przystal, vice president of tourism expansion and marketing for the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission, said the Kentucky Bourbon Festival went really well and all of the official events sold out quickly this year. However, many visitors to the festival who wanted to participate in the many Kentucky Bourbon Festival events did not get the opportunity.

  • Dispatch center requests loan for upgrades

    Nelson Fiscal Court heard a request for a $250,000 line of credit to upgrade the Nelson County Dispatch Center, and tabled a proposal to bring the Nelson County Animal Shelter under the Humane Society’s direction at a regular meeting Tuesday.

    Members of the E-911 Dispatch Board introduced the dispatch center’s new director, Debbie Carter, to Nelson Fiscal Court, and presented Carter’s proposal for a series of upgrades to the center costing up to $443,728.

  • Planning and Zoning: Future funeral home asks for more parking



    A request for additional parking spaces at a funeral home to be built on KY 245 came before the Joint City-County Planning Commission public hearing Tuesday. Another request concerned rezoning property in Chaplin, as a local metal siding and roofing business plans to expand to lumber sales.

  • New Haven votes 'no' on library sprinkler vault system waiver

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners adamantly opposed a request from the Nelson County Library Board for a waiver to the city’s ordinance for a sprinkler vault as part of its fire prevention system.

  • Magisterial district reapportionment fix approved by court

    Nelson Fiscal Court voted to approve the first reading of a revised reapportionment ordinance Thursday morning.

    An ordinance approved earlier this month inadvertently moved Nelson County School Board member Damon Jackey out of Magisterial District 5, which he represents. This occurred when the boundary line between Districts 2 and 5 was moved northward from the Blue Grass Parkway to U.S. 62, Bloomfield Road.

  • Some city streets get on repavement list

    The city of Bardstown is about to repave its streets with the help of  $127,503.55 from the state.

    Mago Construction CO LLC, was the only bidder to resurface the city’s streets. Council voted 6-0 to award the bid.

    Streets that will be repaved include: Beechwold Place, Castleton Drive, Mulberry Alley, Camptown Road between Banjo Street and Bloomfield Road, the alley behind the city hall annex building, Old Bloomfield Pike between Stephen Foster and Broadway, North Fifth Street between Broadway and Brashear, Olympia Drive and Indian Trail.

  • Magisterial district lines to be revised

    Nelson Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting Thursday to redraw magisterial district boundaries a second time after a reapportionment of the districts moved Nelson County School board member Damon Jackey out of the district he represents.

    The second reading of a reapportionment ordinance was approved earlier this month. The boundaries for Nelson County’s five magisterial districts were revised to ensure the districts had similar populations after the 2010 U.S. Census revealed the county’s population had grown 15.9 percent since 2000.

  • New tax rates approved

    A sparse crowd was on hand for a public hearing as Bloomfield City Council discussed its proposed 4-percent rate increase to local tax revenue.

    Current real property rates are 0.206 cents per $100 of property owned, the new rate would go to 0.214, the tax on a $100,000 home will go from $206 to $214. Personal property taxes now are set at 0.208 cents and with this increase go to 0.217 cents.

  • Ordinance preserves waterways at a cost to developers

    Developers doing business in Bardstown city limits may be paying a little bit more to control drainage from residential, commercial and industrial developments larger than an acre. The ordinance, if it is passed, is intended to improve the quality of waterways in Bardstown, but perhaps at a price to developers.

    City Council members heard the details of an expanded drainage control ordinance proposal from city engineers Larry Hamilton and Jessica Filiatreau at a working meeting Tuesday.