• 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.

  • Watts would keep real estate tax rates same

    New growth would add nearly $300,000 to the county’s tax revenue if the Nelson County Fiscal Court keeps its real estate rate the same as this year’s, as Judge-Executive Dean Watts is proposing.

    County Treasurer Rhonda Fenwick presented the state’s tax assessment estimates and possible rates at the regular meeting Tuesday. She and Watts are suggesting the real estate rate remain 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed property value on real estate. That would produce an estimated $3.5 million for the 2018 fiscal year that began July 1 of this year.

  • City Council changes ordinance to allow mobile food vendors at industries

    A food truck is coming to a factory near you.

    The Bardstown City Council on Tuesday gave its final approval to changes to its mobile food vendor ordinance to expand the area where vendors can operate.

    Before, they were allowed only in business zones, but under the changes, they may also operate as approved conditional use or temporary and transitional use in industrial districts.

  • Bardstown government adds city jobs, combines others

    Bardstown’s city government is adding some new jobs in response to the city’s growth, but at the same time, it is combining some top administrative positions to be more efficient and save money.

    At its meeting Tuesday, the City Council held the first reading of amendments to its compensation and classification plan to reflect those changes being made by Mayor Dick Heaton.

    “They’ve taken three, four or five jobs and combined them down to about three,” said Greg Ashworth, who is one of those taking on additional responsibilities.

  • New Haven fails to agree on mayor’s replacement

    The City of New Haven is still without a mayor.

    Jeff Rogers, who announced in June that he was stepping down from the position because of health reasons, submitted his letter of resignation dated July 12, effective immediately.

    The commissioners were expected to vote to replace Rogers at Thursday’s City Commission meeting, but made no decision after a short executive session.

  • Bardstown City clerk, HR director retiring

    Two longtime Bardstown city employees are stepping down.

    City Clerk Barbie Bryant is retiring. Friday was her last day on the job.

    And Larry Green, the city’s human resources director and former assistant city administrator, who has worked for Bardstown for about 40 years, will be retiring as planned, at the end of the month. His last day is July 28.

    Mayor Dick Heaton told The Kentucky Standard of Bryant’s retirement Thursday.