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Government

  • Bardstown Council makes committee assignments

    The panel that oversees matters pertaining to Bardstown’s police and firefighters, which was headed by a retired policeman, will now be led by a former prosecutor.

    New Councilman John Kelley, the former county attorney, is the new chairman of Bardstown’s Safety Committee. He succeeds Councilman Bill Buckman, the former police sergeant, as chairman.

    Buckman was among those who were not re-elected Nov. 8. Only two incumbents, Roland Williams and Kecia Copeland, are returning to the council.

  • New council questions spending

    One of the first questions new members of the Bardstown City Council raised during their first working session of the year Tuesday was, why did Bardstown spend $233,805 more than it had in general fund revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016?

    Councilman Dick Heaton, a former mayor, led the questioning, which was prompted by a report on the city’s audit given at the council’s last meeting.

  • Higdon outlines his agenda for session

    Governing is going to be different in Frankfort now that the House has a Republican majority, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, said Tuesday, the opening day of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Higdon, who was re-elected to a second term as the Republican majority whip in the Senate, was in the House chamber that morning for the swearing in of the former minority floor leader, Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, as the new speaker, and to welcome his new colleague, Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, to state government.

  • Historic day in the House

    For the first time in 95 years, Republicans control the Kentucky House of Representatives, and two men from Nelson County are part of that historic change.

  • Bardstown man first GOP House clerk in 120 years

    Everybody thinks Brad Metcalf is a lawyer, but he was a woodworker when he came to Frankfort at the beginning of the new millennium to work as a Senate staffer for 14 years, including three terms as deputy clerk. Two years ago, he moved to the House to be chief of staff of the Republican Caucus, and when the House convened Tuesday under Republican control for the first time in 95 years, Metcalf was seated in front of Speaker Jeff Hoover as the new House clerk.

    He is the first Republican to hold that position since 1896.

  • McCoy begins first term as legislator

    Chad McCoy smiled as members of the state House of Representatives sang “My Old Kentucky Home” Tuesday on the opening day of the 2017 session.

    The new lawmaker is from Bardstown, which inspired Stephen Foster to pen the song that has been the state anthem since 1928. He is only the second Republican state representative in Nelson County’s history, having succeeded the first, David Floyd, in that position.

    On Tuesday, he was sworn in and began his first term as one of 23 new members and one of the 64 members of the new Republican majority.

  • New coffee partner, same format

    Chad McCoy may be new to elected office, but he is maintaining a longstanding tradition.

    Nelson County’s new Republican state representative will maintain the coffee chats held by his Republican predecessor, David Floyd, since 2005.

    But they will now be dubbed “Coffee with Chad,” and the first officially scheduled coffee is Jan. 14. McCoy said he also hopes state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will also be able to join most events.

  • Bardstown City Council hires investigator

    The Bardstown City Council has hired a Lexington lawyer to determine whether anyone in city government was involved in an illegal attempt to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    Scott Alan Crosbie of Mattmiller Crosbie PLLC was recommended by newly elected Councilman John Kelley and approved by all the other council members who were present.

    Councilman Joe Buckman did not attend the first meeting.

  • Auditor shares concerns about negative general fund balance

    The city of Bardstown’s auditor has again given the municipal government high marks overall for its financial management, but expressed some concerns about negative fund balances.

    During her report to the Bardstown City Council Tuesday night, Linda Gray, a certified public accountant for the Louisville firm Peercy & Gray, PSC, which has handled Bardstown’s auditing for many years, told city officials the audit went well, thanks to a “competent staff.”

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Dec. 27

    Sims reappointed to codes board

    Margaret Sims was reappointed to the Bardstown Code Enforcement Board by Mayor John Royalty with the City Council’s support Tuesday, but the decision was not unanimous. Bobby Simpson, Bill Buckman and Roland Williams agreed to appoint Sims, the chairwoman of the board, to another term; Fred Hagan and Kecia Copeland did not.

    Royalty said the job of enforcing the city’s nuisance ordinances is a difficult job that not everyone can do.

    Council approves historical reviews