• 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.

  • NCEDA addresses Tourist Commission

    Spokespersons for the Nelson County Economic Development Agency (NCEDA) addressed the Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission at a regular meeting Tuesday.

  • Update to radio towers will cost more than $1 million

    The construction of five narrow-band towers throughout Nelson County in order to comply with regulations going into effect Jan. 1, 2013, will cost about $790,000, Emergency Medical Services Director Joe Prewitt told Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday.

    “It did come in cheaper than I expected,” Prewitt said.

  • Joint Ethics Board meets, discusses ordinance

    Members of the Joint Board of Ethics of Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County met to discuss their concerns about the ethical ordinance Wednesday.

    The board reviewed an ordinance relating to the establishment, regulation and administration of a single joint code of ethical conduct applicable to the elected and appointed officials and certain employees in Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County on Wednesday.

    Brad Metcalfe, Nelson County, proposed the board should be able to change the wording of the ordinance, if needed.

  • Council passes new occupational tax ordinance

    Starting in 2012, those working in Bardstown may be paying more in occupational tax.

    Bardstown City Council passed changes to the city’s occupational tax 3-2 in a first reading at its regular meeting Tuesday. The changes kept the tax at 0.5 percent of income earned but eliminates the exemption of the first $15,000 and the cap of $75,000. Those working in the city would now pay a 0.5 percent tax on every dollar they make throughout the year. The new ordinance will need to pass a second reading before it becomes final.

  • 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.”