• Cuts to offset some of Bloomfield’s budget shortfall

    Bloomfield City Council voted not to offer pay raises to city employees in an effort to cut back on a budget that will see an approximate $100,000 shortfall in 2011-2012.

    The council approved the first reading of the budget May 9 after discussing possible sources of additional revenue for the city.

    Foremost among them was a vote to offer the Bloomfield Civic Center for lease for at least 30 days until the next city council meeting, when the status of the center will be discussed again.

  • New Haven Commissioners discuss new budget

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners met Thursday to work on the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12. Most of the discussion centered on employee wages and whether water and sewer rates should be increased.

    The city raised rates 3 percent last year. City Clerk/Treasurer Linda Mattingly said if cities don’t increase utility rates each year, Kentucky Rural Development, the primary federal provider of assistance to rural areas, could enforce an increase so that cities can meet their financial obligations.

  • Councilmen, department heads review Bardstown budget

    Bardstown City Council held its second of two budget meetings in one week May 5 to review what Mayor Bill Sheckles referred to as the “wish lists” of city departments and dig into the details of each budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    “Because we had several new council people that weren’t really knowledgeable about the budget process — that’s why I wanted to start early,” Sheckles explained.

  • County gets $500,000 grant for senior center

    A new Nelson County senior citizens center is one step closer to taking shape following a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant handed down to Nelson County by the state. Gov. Steve Beshear will be in town later to present it, Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts said.

    Watts updated Nelson Fiscal Court about the project at its meeting Tuesday.

  • P&Z cuts employee hours, local govt. contributions

    The Joint City-County Planning Commission has approved a budget that reduces employee hours and cuts personnel expenses for fiscal year 2011-2012, bringing government contributions down from this fiscal year.

    However, the budget shows a 23 percent increase in contributions from local governments over two years ago, the result of dropping revenues due to the economic downturn, according to Planning Commission Director Janet Johnston-Crowe.

  • Water treatment plant project still within budget after hefty change order

    Bardstown City Council approved a $45,534 change order Tuesday to the water treatment plant project, but the project is still within budget since a previous change order resulted in a $49,000 credit.

    Ray Ihlenberg with O’Brien and Gere Engineers briefed the council on the second change order, which included 11 items.

    “It’s always difficult to come into an existing project and try to catch all the loose ends,” he said.

  • 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.