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Government

  • 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.

  • New police positions pass first step

    The Bardstown Police Department is one step closer to getting more officers, but it all comes down to the bottom line.

    Bardstown City Council approved the first reading Tuesday of an amendment to the authorized positions ordinance, increasing the number of positions at the police department by four. The number of officers went from 16 to 20, the number of patrol sergeants went from three to two, and a major/assistant chief position was added at the request of Interim Chief Rick McCubbin.

  • Tabled Deatsville zoning proposed again

    A proposal to rezone property off KY 245 for possible commercial development came before the Joint Bardstown-Nelson County Planning Commission for a second time Tuesday in a public hearing.

  • Higdon’s open primary bill fails

    A bill sponsored by Nelson County’s state senator, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, did not receive enough votes to make it out of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs committee.

    Senate Bill 41 would have allowed independents to vote in Republican and Democratic primaries. Higdon said he plans to try again in 2012.

    The bill would have allowed more people to participate in the political process, Higdon said, increasing the voter turnout during primaries. He said it would have affected about 200,000 Kentuckians.

  • City incorporating new requirements for managing stormwater

    Bardstown City Council got a briefing at its work session Tuesday about new requirements for managing stormwater, which will eventually require a new or amended ordinance.

  • New Haven approached about reviving Optimist Club

    After reading in The Standard that New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson hoped city residents would form an active civic club, Becky Distler, secretary of the Bardstown Optimist Club, decided to approach the New Haven commissioners. She spoke with them at their working session Wednesday.

    “The Optimist Club has always had a very strong presence in New Haven, and I think it could be strong again,” Distler said.

  • Nationwide marketing of industrial park to begin soon

    CB Richard Ellis, a national marketing firm, will begin recruiting industry for the Nelson County Industrial Park as soon as the firm receives the contract with the county, which Nelson Fiscal Court authorized Judge Executive Dean Watts to sign at its meeting Tuesday.

    The firm brought Flowers Foods to Bardstown and recently brought Magnum — and 400 jobs — to Shepherdsville, Watts said at the Feb. 15 fiscal court meeting. It has a business relationship with 5,000 companies, Watts said.

  • Johnson swings big as New Haven’s new mayor

    This article is the last in a three-part series highlighting the first month in office of Nelson County’s three new mayors and outlining their first-term goals.

    In the winter months, Bobby Johnson hangs out at Extreme Swing in Bardstown. He works there unpaid, just to have something to do.

    When warmer weather arrives, Johnson stays busy outside, tending to his lawn and rental property, golfing — or attempting to, he said — or just enjoying nature. But this year, he’ll have something else to keep him busy.

  • City shoots down P&Z recommendation on Tullamore zoning

    Bardstown City Council voted Tuesday to deny a Joint City-County Planning Commission recommendation that would have allowed multi-family housing units to be built near the entrance of the Tullamore Estates subdivision.

  • Amendment may exclude county from HB 26

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has filed an amendment to remove Nelson County from inclusion in House Bill 26, which would permit the creation of regional wastewater commissions within a six-county area.

    Higdon, who represents five counties in Kentucky’s District 14, including Nelson, said the amendment would not prevent Nelson County from joining a regional commission if it chooses to do so.