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Government

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from June 11

    The members of the Bloomfield City Council made one thing perfectly clear at their meeting on Monday night.

    They are adamantly opposed to any proposed fee increases from the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County.

    The council spent nearly 45 minutes discussing the issue before ultimately passing a resolution to oppose the increase and refused to support any line item adjustment over 8 percent.

    However, the commission had withdrawn the proposal in an email sent June 8, but city officials in Bloomfield had overlooked the notice.

  • Man sentenced to one month in prison for Rand Paul assault

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis announced Friday the man who assaulted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was sentenced to 30 days in jail, although it did not name Paul as the victim.

    Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced that a Bowling Green man was sentenced for assaulting “a member of congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal law,” the release stated.

  • Northeast Nelson Fire to raise tax; budget increases $48,000

    The Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is increasing its property tax to help pay for equipment and, eventually, a new fire station in Fairfield.

    The tax is going from 7 to 10 cents per $100 of assessed value — $10 for every $10,000 of real estate value.

  • Bardstown city budget breaks from utility subsidies

    Bardstown Utilities customers, including those outside the city limits, will no longer be subsidizing city general services such as police and fire protection, street maintenance and recreation through the fees they pay for their water, sewer, electric, cable and internet services.

    The Bardstown City Council on Tuesday held the first reading of its 2019 fiscal year budget, which, for the first time, avoids using revenue from the combined utilities funds to prop up the general fund.

  • Watts lists park county’s options to clarify acreage

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts sent an email to The Standard and four county magistrates Monday morning clarifying the amount of acreage the county maintains.

    Watts said the county currently maintains more than 94 acres of space, “not including what each city has to offer.”

    Watts listed Dean Watts Park as 77 acres, although the county’s comprehensive plan includes an inventory of local parks and only lists it as 35 acres.

    Watts also listed the park in Culvertown as 15 acres the county maintains and two acres in Balltown.

  • Comp plan said to need comprehensive revamp

    Nelson County’s comprehensive plan has to be updated every five years, but it’s been nearly 25 since it had a major overhaul.

    Janet Johnston-Crowe, the planning commission director, thinks it’s time.

    The director of the Planning Commission for Nelson County, Bardstown, Bloomfield, Fairfield and New Haven told the Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday about the plans as she was asking the magistrates for an increase in her office’s fees to cover increasing costs.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 5

    County gets grant for culvert repair

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court has received an emergency grant from the state Transportation Cabinet of $101,448 to pay for repairing a damaged culvert on Woodlawn Road and a nearby road slide.

    County Engineer Brad Spalding said during a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday that the culvert collapsed about 20 feet beneath the road surface and the road slide about 400-500 away was about 10 to 12 feet below road level.

  • County’s budget includes $750,000 for renovations at amphitheater

    The county government’s $22 million spending plan for the coming fiscal year includes three-quarters of a million dollars for renovation of the Stephen Foster Drama Association’s J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre.

  • Hart first candidate to file for City Council

    Betty Kelley Hart is the first candidate for the Bardstown City Council and the first for any city office in Nelson County in the Nov. 6 election.

    She filed her papers Wednesday with the county clerk.

    It is her first political race.

    “I’ve been a candidate’s wife and a candidate’s mother, but never a candidate,” she said.

    Hart is the mother of District Judge Jack Kelley and the ex-wife of his father, former County Attorney John Kelley, who currently sits on the City Council.

  • Guthrie confronted about debt, drugs, probe

    Dreamers, drugs and the debt were among the issues Congressman Brett Guthrie talked about with constituents during a town hall-style forum Thursday at the Old Courthouse.

    Although Guthrie changed the format from the one-on-one approach of the past to keep anyone from dominating the discussion, Charlie Holbert of New Haven spent half of the time talking about the growing national debt. At one point, he got up in the congressman’s face about the $21 trillion the government owes.