• Captain: Volunteer firefighters ‘critical to operation’

    The Bardstown Fire Department is staffed around the clock by full-time firefighters, but volunteers are still important to its mission, Capt. Todd Spalding told the City Council Tuesday.

    Spalding briefed city officials on a $633,746 federal grant Bardstown has received to hire a full-time firefighter whose main job will be to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

    The firefighter will be paid approximately $32,000 a year for four years, which includes insurance and other employment benefits.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Oct. 10

    Council has first reading of water/sewer bill rate increases

    Council members held the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the monthly water and sewer rates for Jan. 1 of next year.

    The minimum water bill for city residents will go from $13.13 this year to $13.79 in 2017, $14.48 in 2018 and $15.20 in 2019 if passed. Out of city residents, whose bills start at $23.88 for this year will be minimally billed for $25.07 for 2017, $26.33 in 2018 and $27.64 in 2019.

  • Copeland questions traffic stop by off-duty corrections officer

    A traffic stop by an off-duty Louisville Metro corrections officer has Bardstown Councilwoman Kecia Copeland raising questions about proper procedure.

    During a Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday night, Copeland brought up the Sept. 17 incident involving Chad Simpson, a sworn peace officer for the city of Louisville who has applied for a job with the Bardstown Police.

  • Floyd surprised by appointment to panel to investigate governor’s actions , declines position

    State Rep. David Floyd found himself in the midst of the latest political fight between Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic House Leader Greg Stumbo, but says he wants no part of it.

    On Wednesday, Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, appointed a panel to investigate alleged political retribution by Bevin against a Democratic lawmaker.

  • McCoy expects tough times for state spending

    Chad McCoy, the Republican candidate for 50th District state representative, told a crowd at Bardstown Farmers Market Saturday that lawmakers must make hard choices to get its fiscal house in order.

    McCoy said what’s best for Nelson County is what’s best for the state, and that is limiting public spending.

    “We’ve got to get our budget under control,” he said.

  • Absentee balloting begins Wednesday

    Those who will be gone from Nelson County on Election Day or won’t be able to get to the polls between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day can vote now.

    Starting today, voters who have a legitimate reason for voting by absentee ballot can walk into the Nelson County Clerk’s Office and vote on a machine or request a paper ballot that they can fill out and mail in by Nov. 8.

    Those with legitimate reasons for absentee voting include:

    • Those who will be away the day of the election.

  • City Council challengers say they bring fresh ideas

    Past and current Bardstown city officials have experience, but it’s often experience doing the same things again and again without thinking there might be a better way.

    That’s why eight of the 16 candidates for the Bardstown City Council who have never held elective office say they’re running; they believe change can be good.

  • Memorial will honor county’s World War II dead

    Nelson Countians who gave their lives in World War II will be honored with a granite memorial on the east side of Court Square listing the names of the 76 known to have served and died. And there will be space for more names if any are discovered.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has worked with Dr. Harry Spalding, former Bardstown mayor and local military historian, and American Legion Post 121 on the project.

    Except for a listing in The Kentucky Standard in 1946, Watts said there is no place he knows of in the county where those names are listed.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Sept. 20

    EMS buys ambulance

    Nelson County EMS will get a nearly new ambulance and get rid of an old one.

    On Tuesday the Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a bid for a 2015 Chevrolet diesel ambulance from Heartland Wheels Inc. for $99,900.

    The truck has only 11,500 miles on it, according to EMS Director Joe Prewitt, and the agency will spend an additional $5,000 on it.

    The county had budgeted $140,000 for it. The new ambulance is intended to replace one that “burned up,” Prewitt said.

  • Planning and Zoning distributes Airbnb compliance letters

    Nelson County public agencies want to ensure those operating Airbnbs are playing by the rules.

    Websites such as Airbnb and VRBO allow for homeowners to temporarily rent out their property to guests or tourists. However, groups such as the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission want to make sure property owners are following the law, just like hotels and bed and breakfasts.