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  • Lawsuit between county and city may continue

    Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts said when he suggested to Nelson Fiscal Court that it drop the county’s long-running lawsuit against the City of Bardstown, he was looking to begin the new year off right with a new fiscal court and city administration. Some city officials, however, are not on the same page.

  • Two step forward to fill New Haven Board of Commissioners seats

    Two city residents submitted their names for consideration as a commissioner at Thursday’s New Haven Board of Commissioners meeting.

    Current commissioner John Ray Ball, who ran for mayor against Bobby Johnson but lost the race, presented a letter saying he would like to remain on the board.

    Another New Haven resident, Jeff Rogers, also submitted a letter asking to be considered for service. A University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in journalism, Rogers now works in advertising.

  • New Haven audit reveals flaws in record-keeping, procedures

    An audit presented to the New Haven Board of Commissioners included issues with some of the city’s accounting, segregation of duties and bonding practices, as well as noncompliance with Kentucky Revised Statutes.

    Smith & Company Certified Public Accountants representative Jason Strange, who attended Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, said there was no suspicion of fraud, just suggestions from the auditors on how New Haven could improve its procedures.

    Other than the firm’s findings, it issued a clean opinion for the city.

  • Steps taken to improve utilities facilities

    Bardstown City Council moved forward on a project to “sweep” its network of cable infrastructure for possible signal leaks and discussed the future of its TV and Internet services at a meeting Tuesday.

    After some discussion among council members and Bardstown City Electrical Engineer Jeff Mills, the council voted to approve a bid for CR Cable to perform the first third of the system-wide check with a requirement that Mills investigate the possibility of the city hiring a full-time employee to do the task in the future.

  • Audit gives city funds positive review

    The city of Bardstown received a clean bill of financial health in an independent audit of its books for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    “It was a positive audit,” Bardstown CFO Mike Abel said.

    Louisville CPA firm Peercy and Gray conducted the audit and presented its findings in a report to Bardstown City Council members. The scope of the firm’s work was more extensive than usual, Abel said, because the city had an unusually high amount of money in grants this year.

  • Bloomfield sidewalks, signs projects in motion

    Bloomfield City Council honored outgoing Mayor Ronnie Bobblett and outgoing councilman Henry Cobble at its monthly meeting and annual Christmas dinner at the Bloomfield Civic Center Monday.

    Bobblett received a plaque for 27 years of service to Bloomfield. He ends his third term as mayor this year.

    “It’s been a pleasure. I know things will keep tracking right along, and we want to see the city of Bloomfield keep moving forward,” he said.

    Cobble, who served as proxy mayor for Bobblett, received a plaque for 22 years of service.

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  • Council members hear plea to help ‘Foster’ drama

    Bardstown City Council members heard about a request for donations to the Stephen Foster Drama Association, maintenance on the city’s cable TV lines and possible zoning changes for two new downtown businesses at a work session Tuesday.

    Nicky Rapier, chairman of the Stephen Foster Drama Association, asked the board for help in raising additional funds for the organization’s operations. Rapier did not ask for a specific number, but Mayor Dick Heaton said the appeal might be taken up at one of the council’s regular meetings later in the month.

  • Photo: Williams visits Bardstown

    Ron Crume, left, and Karen Crume, right, speak with Kentucky gubernatorial candidate and State Senate President David Williams, center, during a campaign event for the Republican hopeful Thursday at Xavier’s Restaurant in Bardstown. Teresa Winkler, far right, drove from Spencer County to meet Williams. Williams will face Louisville businessman Phil Moffet in the May Republican primary.

  • Watts suggests dropping county’s lawsuit against Bardstown

    Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts suggested dropping the county’s long-running lawsuit against the City of Bardstown at Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting, but District 3 Magistrate Bernard Ice was the only one who agreed with him.

    The lawsuit, filed four years ago, involved the city’s corridor annexation of KY 245. The county’s purpose in filing it was to maintain garbage customers in the affected area. In past city annexations, the city tried to take over county services, according to Watts.