• Sewer rates may triple to pay to send wastewater to Bardstown

    The serious look on the face of each council member as they listened to Mark Sneve of Strand Associates in Louisville told the whole story Monday night at the regular meeting of the Bloomfield City Council.

    Sneve’s grim report concerned the proposed project for the residents of Bloomfield to send their wastewater to Bardstown for treatment as opposed to building a new water treatment plant in Bloomfield.

  • Final vote for Bardstown City Council occupational tax ordinance expected Tuesday

    Employees and some businesses inside Bardstown city limits may soon be paying more in occupational tax if Bardstown city council members pass the second reading of the proposed occupational tax ordinance Tuesday.

    At a city council meeting June 28, city council members voted 4-2 to keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, raise the cap to $100,000 and remove the exemption of the first $15,000 of income. The ordinance will become effective Jan. 1, 2012, if it is passed on second reading Tuesday.

  • County limits number of private roads included in policy

    Nelson Fiscal Court approved a revision to a private roads development policy that originally permitted private roads serving at least six parcels of land to be integrated into the county road system.

  • Bardstown City Council members vote to increase a number of utility rates

    Bardstown City council members voted on ordinances to increase utilities during a special meeting Tuesday. Water, garbage, sewer and cable rates will increase effective Sept 1.



  • Chaplains request to be dispatched in emergencies

    When emergency personnel respond to some scenes, the need for a chaplain is apparent. The role for chaplains is to assist people with crisis intervention in emergency situations.

    But often times by the time chaplains are dispatched and arrive at a scene; it can be too late for their services.

    New Haven Police and Rolling Fork Fire Chaplain Karl Lusk recalled one of those times for the Dispatch Board.

  • Different occupational tax ordinance passes on first reading

    Bardstown City Council members went back to the drawing board Tuesday — once again revising the proposed occupational tax ordinance for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    Council members passed an occupational tax ordinance in its first reading that would keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, raise the cap to $100,000 and remove the exemption of the first $15,000 of income.

  • Fiscal court approves pay increase for county employees

    County employees will receive a 1.5-percent cost-of-living pay increase in fiscal year 2012 after Nelson Fiscal Court voted to approve the increase Tuesday.

    The increase will be accompanied by a 6.97 percent increase in health insurance with Bluegrass Family Health, with whom Fiscal Court voted to renew the county’s contract. The increase is lower than the minimum 15-18 percent increase Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts predicted only a week ago. At that time, he said most of the wage increase would be offset by the insurance increase.

  • A brief history of the occupational tax ordinance

    Employees in Bardstown earning annual wages below the poverty threshold will pay Bardstown occupational tax if city council members vote to pass the proposed occupational tax ordinance Tuesday.

    In the first reading of the ordinance June 14, council members voted 3-2 to keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, remove an exemption of the first $15,000 of income and remove the cap of $75,000 of income. The occupational tax ordinance is expected to fix a calculated $284,691 deficit in the 2011-2012 general fund budget.

  • Bardstown mayor on KET Sunday

    Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles will be one of several Kentucky politicians to appear on “One to One with Bill Goodman” on KET this evening.

    Sheckles and others will discuss city and county budgets and issues facing city and county governments.

    One of those issues, according to Sheckles, is increasing retirement pension rates and how they are affecting city and county budgets.

  • Council considers alternative to occupational tax hike

    Bardstown City Council member Fred Hagan at a working meeting Tuesday presented a plan to change the occupational tax ordinance that was passed in the first reading last week.

    Hagan asked council members to consider his plan to keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, remove the exemption of the first $15,000 and keep the tax cap of $75,000 of income in place.

    He told council members he was open to putting a one-year sunset clause on his proposed occupational tax ordinance.