• Triplex planned for Guthrie Drive area

    A plan to build a triplex on Guthrie Drive and another to rezone a lot on Old Bloomfield Pike saw no opposition at a Joint City-County Planning Commission public hearing Tuesday night.

    Two Hall Partners LLC requested to rezone 0.332 acre at 114 Guthrie Drive from B-3 regional retail business district to R-4 multi-family residential district. A garage/storage building will be removed from the property to construct a multi-family triplex, Jim Willett of Saltsman & Willett told the commission on behalf of the property owner.

  • Local judge, circuit clerk participate in family law seminar

    Nelson County Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Simms and Nelson County Circuit Court Clerk Diane Thompson attended a Local Rules Seminar May 17-18 in Louisville. The seminar was to help courts update their local court rules to comply with the new statewide Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice that the Supreme Court adopted Jan. 1, 2011.

  • Bloomfield passes $1.72 million budget

    Tight finances, public safety concerns and eyesores all combined to force the Bloomfield City Council to crack down.

  • Bardstown Council explores options for deficit fix

    City Council members explored options for balancing the anticipated deficit for the 2012 fiscal year at a regular meeting Tuesday.

    Last week at a special public meeting, Mayor Bill Sheckles proposed two plans to city council for resolving a deficit in the general fund. Both budget proposals include raising water $1, sewer by $2.25 and garbage by 80 cents.

    “I’m disappointed that there are no employee raises in this budget,” Sheckles said.

  • Construction projects under review by Fiscal Court

    Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts updated the Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday on several construction projects — from a military monument to a dog park — the county plans to undertake or support.

    The newest of these projects is what Watts called a “living honorarium” to those members of the military who are still living.

    “We’ve got several places around that honor our dead,” Watts said. “This would be a place to honor our current military — army, air force, marines, coast guard, navy, etc.”

  • New Haven still struggles to find way to cut, balance its budget

    New Haven City Councilman Freddy Dewitt believes the city council has cut its budget to the bone with little left to trim. After looking at every line item in the budget, Dewitt said he could not find anymore to cut during the council’s special session Thursday night.

    Mayor Bobby Johnson agreed that no major items remained, but that smaller details must be studied to find as many cuts as possible to ensure taxes won’t have to be raised and to lessen any financial concerns in later years.

  • Occupational tax discussion brings out opinions, tempers

    Bardstown City Council had a public meeting Thursday to take suggestions from citizens relating to a financial deficit in the proposed 2011-2012 budget.

    The proposed occupational tax hike was at the center of attention at the public meeting. Fifteen citizens attended a special meeting at city council chambers to voice their concerns and questions for the proposed tax hike.

    Sheckles unveiled the 2011-12 fiscal budget by explaining how the proposed occupational tax would work.

  • Library construction bids come in lower than expected

    Thirteen construction bids for two new libraries — one in New Haven and another in Bloomfield — came in lower than expected when they were opened Friday.

    EH Construction of Brooks turned in the lowest bid at $1,914,000 for both libraries. The company estimated the New Haven branch would cost $990,000 to construct, with the Bloomfield branch coming in at $924,000.

  • Bardstown, Nelson County tourism increases

    Tourism in Nelson County increased by 2.3 percent in 2010, adding $44.6 million to the local economy in the form of direct expenditures, according to figures from The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. Direct expenditures include the money spent on items such as dining, retail, hotels and attractions. The combination of direct and indirect expenditures in Nelson County in 2010 was $70.2 million.

  • Planning Commission reviews Census data

    Nelson County has a younger and slightly more family-oriented population than the state as a whole, state demographer Michael Price of the Kentucky State Data Center told the Joint City-County Planning Commission in a presentation before its May 24 meeting.

    Price based his conclusions on the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.