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Government

  • Inquiry amends city budget by $82,000

    After months of drama regarding the investigation and removal of John Royalty as the city’s mayor, the Bardstown City Council got back to routine business Tuesday, but not before dealing with one final matter regarding the probe.

    The current budget was amended to increase spending by $82,000, from $8,609,266 to $8,691,266 to cover the costs of lawyer Scott Crosbie’s investigation, which were over $72,000, and about $10,000 in other legal expenses.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from May 2

    Blacktop dollars added to budget

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court’s $24 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year was amended Tuesday to put $300,000 into the road fund for paving.

    “After about two weeks of consultation and about an inch off of my hide,” County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said, he was making changes to the budget he presented April 18.

    The “consensus of the court,” he said, was that there needed to be more money for blacktop because the state had cut its funding.

  • Council countersues Royalty

    Former City Attorney Bruce Reynolds, hired by the Bardstown City Council to defend it in a lawsuit brought by John Royalty, filed his answer and a counterclaim Tuesday, demanding that the ex-mayor have to pay all of the costs in the investigation that removed him from office.

    The council’s action also asks the court for punitive damages against Royalty for perjury, misconduct, unlawful access to private information and abuse of process.

  • Removing Royalty cost city more than $72,000

    The Bardstown City Council’s investigation of former Mayor John Royalty for misconduct and the hearing to remove him from office will cost taxpayers $72,601.97.

    That’s what lawyer Scott Crosbie’s bill came to after he gave the city a $5,000 discount.

    The costs were presented to council members at their work session Tuesday.

  • Lawyers challenging fairness of state’s mayor removal law

    Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has not directed his lawyers to appeal the City Council’s recent decision to remove him from office, but it probably wouldn’t make a difference, attorney Doug Hubbard told reporters Tuesday.

    Appeals often take a long time, he said, and the council would make sure Royalty’s does so there would be no decision until after the mayoral term ends next year, and thus the issue would be moot.

  • Brett Guthrie: GOP is reforming health reform

    Infighting between moderates and conservative hardliners last month resulted in Republicans not having enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act in the Congress.

    After the vote, President Donald Trump blamed the Freedom Caucus and said he was moving on to tax reform and other issues. But last week, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie wasn’t ready to admit it’s game over for health reform.

  • Dones sworn in as newest councilman

    With his wife Danna at his side, David Dones raised his right hand Tuesday and swore to uphold the laws and serve his city.

    The electrical contractor, who came close to being elected to the Bardstown City Council last November, was appointed to it to fill the vacancy created by Dick Heaton’s appointment as mayor.

    Last year Dones finished seventh in a six-person race and ran as part of an unofficial slate headed by Heaton that also included current council members John Kelley and Joe Buckman.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from April 25

    Law would regulate short-term rentals

    A city ordinance to amend planning and zoning regulations of short-term property rentals received its first reading Tuesday before the City Council but won’t be voted on until its next meeting.

    Mayor Dick Heaton said that short-term rentals are becoming an issue in communities such as Bardstown, where tourists rent apartments and houses for short stays.

  • Bardstown City Council may sue former mayor

    After a long, closed-door meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council gave its permission for attorney Bruce Reynolds to answer former Mayor John Royalty’s lawsuit and possibly file a counterclaim.

    “We’ve been wronged too,” Reynolds said after the meeting, but would not say what kinds of claims the council might have against Royalty.

    He said he expected to have the documents ready to file with the circuit clerk by Friday or Monday.

  • Tension between Roby and Royalty went back decades

    Bad blood between Tom Roby and John Royalty stretched back to their high school days.

    “In my humble opinion, John was always pompous and arrogant through high school and I don’t think he ever changed,” Roby said.

    That was the testimony the former Bardstown Police captain who was demoted by the former mayor a year ago gave during his deposition in a lawsuit he has filed against Royalty and the city for wrongful termination and defamation.