• City expects return of cable franchise fees after lawsuit

    A recently won lawsuit appealing a state telecommunications law may prove profitable for the City of Bardstown.

    Several years ago, then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the legislature passed a law that deprived local governments of the ability to collect cable TV and telecommunications franchise fees, city Financial Officer Mike Abell told Bardstown City Council Tuesday evening. Abell estimated the city lost out on roughly $155,000 annually after the law.

  • State compliance of open-carry ordinance in question

    One man has repeatedly attended Bardstown City Council meetings, often times armed, claiming the city has gun laws on its books that are illegal.

  • Zoning Compliance: Dec. 23, 2011

    The Joint City-County Planning Commission has issued the following zoning compliance permits:

    Weeks of Dec. 5 and 12, 2011:

    Cale R. White, 208 Highview Church Road, Bloomfield, agricultural structure.

    Thomas Durbin, 150 Scenic Drive, accessory.

    Ralph Cook, 1710 Solitude Road, Cox’s Creek, accessory.

    Ballard Homes LLC, 105 North Howard Street, single family.

    Heaven Hill, 1064 Loretto Road, industrial alteration.

    Lee Brick & Block, 291 Spencer Mattingly Lane, industrial addition.

  • County to request proposals for industrial building

    Nelson Fiscal Court will begin taking proposals to build a speculative industrial building in the Nelson County Industrial Park.

  • Garbage rates increase for New Haven residents

    A short agenda marked the final meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners for 2011 on Thursday. Mostly routine business was discussed to include awarding the new garbage collection contract to Waste Management of Kentucky. Tim McNalley, representing the company, was on hand to address any concerns and explain a 5-percent rate increase effective until June 2013. Fees for New Haven customers will rise from $8.20 a month to $8.61. The city of New Haven simply passes on its cost to the customers taking only a small handling and postage fee of 0.275 cents of each bill.

  • Nelson County Judge elected president of Kentucky District Judges Association

    Nelson County District Court Judge Robert W. Heaton has been elected president of the Kentucky District Judges Association. Heaton was elected to serve by his fellow judges at the District Judges College Oct. 18-21 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. His term as president is two years. He succeeds Campbell County District Court Judge Karen A. Thomas as president.

  • Open carry advocate returns to council

    Open-carry advocate Stephen McBride was prepared to address Bardstown City Council members at a meeting Tuesday, but he was not given the chance, at first.

    As Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles and City Council members got to work, McBride, Shelby County, said he had some things he wanted to say, but Sheckles told McBride he was not on the agenda.

    “So you’re going to limit my ability to speak here?” McBride asked Sheckles.

    “You’re not on the agenda,” Sheckles told McBride.

  • Blazer Heights subdivision residents question Bloomfield City Council on need for annexation

    A small but vocal crowd awaited Bloomfield City Council as it opened its meeting Monday evening. Residents from Blazer Heights subdivision, just north of Bloomfield, had received a notice from the city of its intent to annex this section into the city limits.

  • Committee stewards the urban forest in Bardstown

    The Bardstown Tree Board Committee had a meeting Thursday at Bardstown City Hall and discussed the trimming, removal and shaping of trees within the city limits. On recommendations by city groundskeeper Philip Grubbs, the following decisions were made:

    • Removal of trees at  202 and 216 S. Third St., 1050 Old Bloomfield Pike, 409 N. Second St. and 309 N. Third

  • Height restriction waved for 18,000-square-foot house

    The Nelson County Board of Adjustment approved a height variance during a public hearing Thursday for an approximately 18,000-square-foot private residence 53 feet in height.

    The residence, designed for Jeremy and Cindy Delk, is planned for a 14.67-acre lot in Remington Heights subdivision, on Wetherby Avenue, north of Bardstown. Including a spire on top of the residence’s cupola, it will be 63 feet tall, however county regulation states spires are not included in a height calculation.