• Cecil not seeking re-election to New Haven commission

    The same day New Haven City Commission received its first candidate, an incumbent announced his plans to step down.

    Chris Cecil announced he would not be seeking re-election this year in an email to The Kentucky Standard, citing family reasons.

    Planned to be married next June, Cecil, 22, said he was unsure at this time if he would remain in New Haven.

    “If we are located in New Haven, I may run again in the future,” he said.

    The youngest commissioner, Cecil first filed in July 2012 at age 17.

  • Glisson files for Bloomfield City Council

    While the city of Bardstown continues to see additional candidates file for an already crowded race, residents of the other Nelson County cities are just beginning to file for their respective local races.

    Jim Glisson was the first candidate to file for Bloomfield City Council Wednesday.

    Glisson, who is finishing his first term on the council, did not file for election for his initial term. Instead, he was appointed by the Bloomfield City Council to fill a vacancy after only three candidates were elected to the six positions available.

  • Three vie for positions on Nelson County school board

    As of Friday afternoon, there were only three candidates to file for positions on the Nelson County School Board, and two are incumbents.

    Filing to maintain their positions on the board are Damon Jackey, District 5, and Diane Berry, District 2 and current chair. New to the race is Rebekah McGuire Dye, of Boston, who is seeking the District 3 seat. That seat is currently held by Larry Pate.

  • City 911 proposal expected by Aug. 2

    City Attorney Tim Butler told the Bardstown City Council this week he expects to have a proposed 911 agreement with the Nelson County Fiscal Court for the council to consider at its Aug. 2 work session.

    Butler told the council last month he would work with County Attorney Matthew Hite on an agreement that would give the city greater representation on the 911 board and a more equitable approach to funding.

  • Bardstown doesn’t want more whiskey warehouses

    The Bardstown City Council has voted down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow distilled spirits warehouses on agricultural tracts of 20-100 acres as a conditional use.

    Council members unanimously rejected the proposed amendment to the joint city and county planning and zoning regulations at their meeting Tuesday.

    Recently, the Nelson County Fiscal Court tabled an identical proposal for rural and suburban areas outside Bardstown so that the magistrates could have more time to consider the regulation change and possible ramifications.

  • City Council wants SWAT team agreement with county

    Bardstown City Councilman Bill Buckman wants a new agreement with the Nelson County government on how to handle the Police Department’s flex team calls outside city limits.

    The special response team, which is trained for high-risk situations, formerly included Nelson County deputy sheriffs and representatives of other agencies. But since Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced in April that he would no longer participate, it is now basically a Bardstown Police program, Buckman said.

  • City approves human rights panel’s budget

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year was approved by the City Council Tuesday.

    The budgeted revenue is $3,000, with half of that amount coming from the Bardstown City Council and half coming from the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The Fiscal Court must also approve the budget.

    The commission has listed expenses of just more than $3,800, which includes money for educational activities, commission member training, recognition activities, administration and miscellaneous expenses.

  • Election filing deadline is Aug. 9

    The filing deadline for the Nov. 8 general election is less than three weeks away, yet by Monday afternoon, no one had filed for city government offices other than the Bardstown City Council, and former Nelson County Board of Education Chairman Damon Jackey was the only candidate for any seat on any school board.

    The Nelson County Clerk’s Office announced late last Wednesday that Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. was the cut-off for candidates to file their papers for local, nonpartisan offices.

  • Law discourages cities from using utility fees to fund other programs

    Not only is using excess municipal utility fees to pay for government services such as police and parks questionable policy, it could be against the law.

    A 1986 Kentucky statute, KRS 91A.520, states: “User fees shall not generate revenues or profits in excess of the reasonable costs associated with providing a public service.”

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 12

    Council accepts planning budget

    The council received and approved the 2017 fiscal year budget of the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County. 

    The budget has $314,430.37 in revenues and expenditures.