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Government

  • County coroner interested in HB 34

    Nelson County Coroner Rayfield Houghlin sees some good in House Bill 34, but only if it’s not abused.

  • Bardstown City Council approves amended city-county ethics ordinance

    At its meeting Tuesday, Bardstown City Council approved the first reading of the amended joint city-county ethics ordinance already approved by Nelson Fiscal Court. The goal of the updated ordinance is to make sure the entities to which it applies — Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County — are using the same ordinance. The three had each amended the ordinance since it was first approved in 1995, and although none of the amendments was major, they thought it was best to make it uniform.

  • Bourbon City BBQ Festival pitched to city

    Bardstown could get another bourbon-named festival this summer, if not bourbon-themed. Rick Berry, chairman of the Bourbon City BBQ Festival board, approached Bardstown City Council Tuesday to request road closures and the use of some city property.

  • Circuit Clerk’s Office is closed Saturday

    The Circuit Clerk’s office will not be able to issue driver’s licenses March 26.

    Although the office is open the last Saturday of the month, the problem is driver pointer system at Circuit Clerk Offices statewide will be down for maintenance, Circuit Clerk Diane Thompson said.

    This is the second time this year the system has been down, she said.

  • Gov. Beshear makes appointments to Boards and Commissions

    Gov. Steve Beshear made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

    •KATS Network Advisory Council to serve for a term expiring March 31, 2014. The appointment is effective April 1:

    —Edward A. Schickel, Bardstown, retired therapist.

    •Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Board of Directors to serve for a term expiring Jan. 26, 2017:

     —Bonnie P. Cecil, Bardstown, retired teacher.

    •Elevator Advisory Committee:

  • Tourism board lacks quorum to convene

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission did not convene due to lack of quorum for the second time in as many months March 15. Board members Lynne Grant, Bill Ellis and Paul McCoy were not present.

    Members did authorize Dawn Przystal, vice president of tourism expansion and marketing, to begin market research in downtown Bardstown in light of the re-branding of the downtown area. Part of downtown’s re-branding is the Streetscape Project, which is nearing completion.

  • Wastewater bill signed into law; Nelson County not included

    An act to authorize the creation of wastewater commissions within five Kentucky counties was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear, but Nelson County wasn’t one of those five counties.

    House Bill 26 originally listed seven counties, including Nelson, that would be eligible for inclusion in the bill, which outlines specific guidelines for the organization and responsibilities of wastewater commissions. Proponents said the bill was designed to help small water districts save money by pooling their resources and services.

  • Commissioners review revised flood damage prevention ordinance

    Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County Director Jan Johnston, along with planning commissioners Andy Hall and Mary Ellen Marquess, attended the New Have Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday to discuss amendments to the city’s flood damage prevention ordinance and the goals and objectives of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

  • Bloomfield Park use fees tabled until more research can be done on teams’ contributions

    Bloomfield City Council tabled an action from its February meeting in which it placed a $75 fee on sports teams competing and practicing in Bloomfield Memorial Park. At the March 14 meeting, Mayor Rhonda Hagan and council members said several citizens and teams had expressed concern regarding the fee.

    “I’m just asking that we table it for now until we can see the whole picture,” said Hagan, who explained she wanted to gather more information about how often teams use the park and how much maintenance the teams provide for the park.

  • Magistrates review possible new P&Z, code enforcement home

    Nelson County magistrates got a look Tuesday at the potential new location for the planning and zoning and code enforcement offices. The fiscal court meeting was temporarily transferred to the former library location on Court Square, then back to the regular meeting room in the Old Courthouse.

    A use has been sought for the almost 100-year-old facility since the library moved to its location on Cathedral Manor several years ago. Private enterprise fell through, as did the possibility of the county clerk’s office relocating there.