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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.