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Government

  • Council debates DRB approval procedure

    Bardstown City Council spent a good portion of its meeting Tuesday in confusion when it thought it was being asked to approve a Development Review Board recommendation on a building that had already been built.

    Jimmy Allen applied to DRB to construct a 30x62-foot multi-use storage and office building at 159 Wildcat Lane, Lot 7, Kenmore Industrial Park. As required by ordinance, after going through DRB, Allen’s application came to city council for final approval.

  • Tight county budget could lead to cuts

    Due mainly to stunted growth in property values, the 2011-12 Nelson County Fiscal Court budget will likely include some cuts, Judge Executive Dean Watts told magistrates at a special-called meeting Tuesday.

    Since Watts became judge executive in 1994, the smallest increase in growth was $51 million from the 2008-09 to 2009-10 fiscal years. From last fiscal year to this fiscal year, however, projected growth is only $20 million. The average growth from 1994 to 2009 was about $107 million.

  • Ethics board welcomes new member, reviews changes to ordinance

    The Joint City-County Ethics Board welcomed its new member at Wednesday’s meeting. County appointee Brad Metcalf replaces John Taylor as a Republican member of the board.

    Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board reviewed recent changes to the ethics ordinance approved by Nelson Fiscal Court and Bardstown City Council. The Joint City-County Ethics Board serves Nelson County, Bardstown and Fairfield. Bloomfield and New Haven have their own ethics ordinances.

  • Tourism commission revenues up

    The grand opening of Bardstown’s newly renovated downtown has been set for June 3, Nelson County Economic Development Agency President Kim Huston told the Tourism Board April 19. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie have been invited to attend, she said.

  • Bulky item pickup comparable to years past

    The cost of this year’s bulky item pickup, which wrapped up last month, was on par with recent years. The landfill cost was $48,813, labor $50,340 and trucking $12,888 for a total of $112,041, Director of Solid Waste Brad Spalding told Nelson Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Tuesday.

    In 2010, the cost of the program, which is figured into county garbage customers’ monthly bills, was $132,145. The year before, it cost $149,963 because of debris from the ice storm.

  • Mayor OKs Bourbon City BBQ Festival

    The Bourbon City BBQ Festival got the go-ahead Tuesday to use city property for its Labor Day weekend barbecue-cooking contest. Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles said his only request was that festival chairman Rick Berry keep him in the loop.

  • Bloomfield open to restaurant idea at civic center

    The Bloomfield City Council voted to offer a lease package for a possible restaurant in the Bloomfield Civic Center April 11 after months of discussion on the center’s future.

    Concerns have been raised that the center’s high utility bills were not being offset by revenues from periodic rental of the facility.

    After an executive session, the board concluded it would be open to a restaurant in the center, and has been contacted by one possible restaurant owner expressing interest in leasing it, City Clerk Jean Jury confirmed.

  • New Haven commissioners and planning representatives review comprehensive plan

    Representatives of the Joint City-County Planning Commission attended a New Haven Board of Commissioners working session Thursday to discuss the city’s comprehensive plan map and the commissioners’ views on how the city should progress.

    “We’re here to get feedback from you on this plan,” said Jan Johnston-Crowe, planning commission director.

  • City of Bardstown issues boil water advisory

    The City of Bardstown issued a boil water advisory, Thursday for all customers on Pappy Cecil Lane and Quarry Lane  due to a water main break.

    Customers may experience low or intermittent water pressure, and, therefore, drinking water should be boiled as a precautionary measure Repairs are being made Please follow the following procedures.

    This boil water advisory notice will be in effect for approximately 2-3 days.

  • Auditor candidate visits Nelson County

    Adam Edelen, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, was in Nelson County Wednesday spreading his message that a culture of low expectations is not acceptable for Kentucky.

    Originally from Meade County, Edelen, 36, now lives in Lexington with his twin sons. He was an aide to Gov. Paul Patton and chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear. He has also served as director of the state homeland security office and chairman of the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) board.