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Government

  • ‘Tell us your story’

    A small group in Bloomfield is looking to talk to residents who are knowledgeable about the area and its past as the city takes part in a pilot program to help towns collect and share their histories for future generations to enjoy.

    “We’re just getting started,” said Anne Martin, who is helping facilitate Bloomfield’s project.

  • Lusk appointed to fill empty seat on New Haven City Commission

    The New Haven City Commissioners voted on Tuesday to select Karl Lusk to fill the seat left open when Tessie Cecil assumed the mayoral position vacated by the resignation of Jeff Rogers.

    Lusk is a former commissioner, serving from 1995 to 1997, and has been active in the community for many years.

    He was one of three residents who expressed an interest in the position.

  • Bardstown backs effort to separate state, local pensions

    Across Kentucky there is a movement afoot to separate the pension plan for county, municipal and school district employees from the troubled state employees’ retirement plan.

    Last week, the Bardstown City Council backed that effort by unanimously passing a resolution to support a bill in the legislature this year to remove the County Employees Retirement System from the state system.

  • Magistrates vote not to change tax rates

    County property tax rates will remain unchanged for 2018.

    Following an 8 a.m. public hearing Thursday at which no member of the public showed up to speak, the magistrates held the first reading of a tax ordinance setting the rates at the same rate they’ve been for the past two years and voted unanimously to approve them. The vote that actually enacts the law is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 5.

  • Council discusses ‘threatened litigation’ behind closed doors

    The Bardstown City Council met in closed session for an hour Tuesday night for a discussion of proposed or pending litigation involving a public agency, one of the exceptions to open discussion allowed under the state’s open meetings law.

    According to the statute, KRS 61.810, legislative bodies are required to state, and record in their minutes, a more specific reason for the closed session than citing the statute number and general exemption category, such as discussion of property, personnel or litigation.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Aug. 14

    Some Bloomfield residents may be receiving a higher property tax bill in the near future but they won’t be able to blame it on their city council.

    That group voted on Monday to keep the tax rate the same as a year ago. The rate will be 32.8 cents per $100 of the property’s assessed value. Bardstown and Nelson Fiscal Court had previously decided to hold the line on raising their rates.

    “Some of the property was reassessed by the PVA and that will be the reason for their increase on the bill,” City Clerk Jean Jury explained to the council.

  • Tessie takes her seat (again) in New Haven

    When Tessie Cecil was running for New Haven Commissioner last August, she was searching for a meaningful way to give back to her community, and thought her experience as a former mayor would be beneficial to new leadership. But after less than a year in her seat, Cecil officially changed chairs Thursday night as she was sworn in as mayor to fill the unfinished term of Jeff Rogers.

    “I would like to thank my family, they are all here, and my friends,” Cecil said after taking the oath from State Rep. Chad McCoy.

  • Backyard chickens could be making a comeback

    It’s been a year and a half since poultry purge, but some would-be urban farmers are hatching a plan to permit townies to raise chickens for their eggs.

    On Tuesday, the Planning Commission held a workshop at the Old Courthouse to educate city and county officials on the benefits of urban agriculture.

    The speakers included Extension Agent Robbie Smith, Nelson County Beekeepers Association President Gene Englert and Nick Kipper, who raised chickens on a vacant lot until Bardstown’s code enforcers cracked his eggs operation.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Aug. 15

    Report released on Wickland fire

    If the county decides to restore the nearly 200-year-old house at Wickland that was burned by arsonists, it will require extensive work.

    County Engineer Brad Spalding said he had gotten the independent structural engineers’ report back last week, and based on the study, half of the floor on the second story will have to be replaced along with the entire roof, including the rafters.

  • Judge-executive hopes to save home

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said Tuesday he has contracted with a structural engineer to examine the almost 200-year-old house at Wickland that was badly damaged by arson last month.

    He mentioned that an insurance adjustor and fire investigator have been on the site.

    Two juveniles have been arrested for burning the house behind the Wickland mansion that is known as the overseers’ house, and which is believed to be a little older than Wickland itself, which was built in the 1820s.