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Government

  • BFD gets $633,746 federal grant

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $633,746 grant to the Bardstown Fire Department for hiring and training volunteer firefighters.

    “This grant is a huge win for the city of Bardstown, its citizens and the Fire Department,” said Capt. Todd Spalding, who handled the grant application. “The grant is 100 percent funded. No matching contributions have to be made by the city.”

  • County gets grant to fix road slides

    Nelson County will get $197,500 from an emergency county road aid fund to repair two roads that have been damaged by erosion from creeks running below them.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told the Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday that just after their last meeting, he received word from the state government that the county would get funding to fix Murphy Lane and Green’s Chapel Road.

  • Bardstown City Council incumbents: Continuity is good

    Among the 16 candidates for the Bardstown City Council are four of the six who are on the council now. Two of those have been members for many years. The other two are running for re-election after only one term.

    For Francis Lydian, Roland Williams, Kecia Copeland and Bill Buckman, this year’s election is a referendum on their past and current service to the city.

    Lydian, who has been on the council the longest — about 24 years — said this will be his last term if he’s elected. He also said that last time.

  • Former leaders say experience is needed on city council

    Experience matters.

    That’s the message four former local officials who are running for seats on the Bardstown City Council want to convey to voters in the Nov. 9 general election.

    Two of the four, Dick Heaton and Bill Sheckles, are former mayors. Another, John Kelley, is a former city attorney and county attorney who is running with Heaton as part of an unofficial slate. The other, Joe Buckman, is a former councilman and has also served on other city boards.

  • City’s social media policy puts emphasis on records

    Bardstown’s city officials and employees know their emails are subject to open records requests. Now Mayor John Royalty wants them to understand that their Facebook messages, tweets, and YouTube videos are too if they include anything regarding “city business.”

    That’s the main reason for a proposed policy, according to City Attorney Tim Butler and Assistant City Administrator Larry Green.

  • Fiscal Court keeps tax rate at 14.3 cents

    Nelson County property owners’ taxes won’t be going up this year unless their property is reassessed.

    During a special meeting Monday, the Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep tax rates where they’ve been.

  • Mayor breaks tie to pass occupational tax

    People who work inside Bardstown’s city limits, regardless of where they live, will be paying more for the privilege.

    On Tuesday, the Bardstown City Council approved a 100 percent increase in the occupational license fee on salaries, wages and business net profits, from a half-cent to a penny for every dollar earned.

    It fell to Mayor John Royalty to break a 3-3 tie on the tax, which takes effect Jan. 1.

    As the roll was called, every other council member voted as they had when the proposal had its first reading several days ago.

  • Magistrates discuss possible litigation

    Although the Bardstown and Nelson County governments have agreed on a new contract to keep 911 dispatching under one roof, they disagree over a fee to pay for it, and that disagreement may have to be resolved by a judge.

    During the Nelson County Fiscal Court’s meeting Tuesday, the magistrates went into closed session to discuss proposed or pending litigation involving the city of Bardstown.

  • County accepts city’s 911 offer

    It’s likely all local first responders will take calls from a central dispatch center now that Bardstown and Nelson County officials have worked out a deal.

    On Tuesday, the Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a new interlocal agreement with the Bardstown City Council to continue the joint city-county dispatch program for all emergency services in the county.

    All five county magistrates agreed with County Judge-Executive Dean Watts that the county should accept the changes proposed by the City Council last Thursday.

  • Watts says city’s tax hike would hurt working poor

    If the city of Bardstown doubles its occupational tax, it will create a hardship for many families, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said Tuesday during a special meeting of the Nelson County Fiscal Court.