• Council backs $53 million Bardstown budget

    The Bardstown City Council has expressed unanimous support for the city’s first budget to exceed $50 million.

    It is also the first that doesn’t use dividends from utilities to pay for services such as police and fire protection, streets and recreation — mostly because of last year’s doubling of the occupational tax from a half cent to a cent on every dollar earned.

    The plan includes a 3 percent across-the-board raise for city employees, five more employees, and big capital projects in water and sewer infrastructure.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 20

    Because the area where Marion Bischoff and Trademark Excavating Co. want to locate their business was once the site of a distillery, it is appropriate for the land to now be zoned for industry. That was Magistrate Sam Hutchins’ reasoning in making a motion to change the zoning for five acres on Double Springs Road from A-1 (agriculture) to I-1m (moderate impact industry).

  • Politics on tap

    Democrats’ gatherings at Bardstown bars have been about beer and banter, but Thursday was a night for policy wonkery.

    Sarah Zeller, a staffer for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy in Berea, was the first guest speaker for Politics on Tap, a new initiative to take the party’s message to millennials and others over cocktails instead of in a conference room.

    “This is my first tax reform presentation in a bar,” Zeller said, laughing. “It’s a little different for me.”

  • Constituents grill Guthrie on health care

    On the first day of meetings with constituents in each of his district’s 21 counties, Congressman Brett Guthrie got an earful from people who were unhappy with Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law.

    Guthrie voted for the GOP’s Health Care Reform Act, which passed the House in May, and the word in Washington is that the Senate may vote on a bill next week.

  • New Haven Commissioners’ June meeting rescheduled for Wednesday

    After last minute absences left only one commissioner present at Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners, Mayor Jeff Rogers has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.

    Commissioner Joe Larry Mattingly was the only one sitting at the leadership’s table Thursday night, accompanied in the room only by City Clerk Joanie Corbin and Fire Chief Freddy DeWitt.

    The group waited until the 6 p.m. sirens had sounded before officially declaring a lack of a quorum.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from June 13

    Tourism budget gets approval

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year was approved by the Bardstown City Council Tuesday only days after it was approved by the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The $929,500 spending plan, the largest ever for the commission, includes a new salaried position for a marketing and public relations person.

  • Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill raises alarms in both parties

    WASHINGTON — As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the U.S. health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.

    That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.

  • City Council hashes out utilities budget

    When there’s a downpour, it looks like cars are fording a creek at the corner of West Flaget and Fourth. The water pools there and has no place to go.

    City Civil Engineer Jessica Filiatreau, however, thinks city workers can resolve the problem fairly quickly and is asking for $110,000 to do the work.

    During an hour-long work session prior to the Bardstown City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, city officials hashed out details of the utilities part of the city’s $53 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year that begins next month.

  • Guthrie to hear from constituents at ‘office hours’ events

    He isn’t calling it a town hall, but Congressman Brett Guthrie is going to meet with constituents in Bardstown to hear what’s on their minds, answer their questions and explain and if necessary, defend his positions.

    The meeting will be at the Civic Center at 321 S. Third St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 19.

  • Bardstown mayor ‘surprised’ by growth in city’s budget

    Bardstown’s new mayor, Dick Heaton, is alarmed by how much the city’s budget has increased since he held the same job seven years ago.

    During a City Council work session Tuesday to discuss the general fund part of the city’s nearly $53 million spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year that begins July 1 of this year, Heaton pointed out that the yearly budget has grown by $15 million since the last one he submitted in 2010.