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Government

  • New Haven City Council: Board now complete

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners’ special-called meeting Wednesday night was quick, but it wasn’t easy.

  • Bardstown City Council: Changes net $50K in savings

    At its first meeting with new mayor Bill Sheckles and new members Fred Hagan and Joe Buckman, Bardstown City Council began the year with good news when the city’s contractor for a project at the wastewater treatment plant announced he had made changes that would save nearly $50,000.

    Ray Ihlenburg with O’Brien & Gere Engineering told the council about the adjustments to the project at its regular Tuesday meeting. Ihlenburg said the kind of stone and valves used in parts of the project had been changed, resulting in the reduced costs.

  • Tullamore residents protest multi-family rezonings near subdivision

    All seats were filled at the Jan. 11 public hearing of the Joint City-County Planning Commission as more than a dozen residents of Tullamore Estates subdivision appeared before the commission to protest the rezoning of two plots at the entrance of Tullamore for the possibility of multi-family residences.

    Also present were residents of Old Henpeck Road and Boston to speak against the approval of business districts in those locations. Mike Zoeller was the only member of the commission present; also present was director Jan Johnston.

  • Board recommends against petition to move historic home

    A possible move to expand a downtown gas station met some resistance Monday night at a meeting of the Bardstown Historic Review Board. The board voted unanimously against a petition filed by Newcomb Oil to remove and relocate a building at 118 E. Stephen Foster Ave. between the law office of Terry Geoghegan and a Five Star gas station.

  • Two new traffic lights set for Bardstown intersections

    Two new traffic lights in Bardstown will help one area that can get terribly congested and another where semi-trucks need a better setup.

    A light at Spencer Mattingly Lane and KY 245 and another at U.S. 150 and Parkway Drive will be up soon. In fact, the one at U.S. 150/Parkway Drive is already up, but it is flashing only caution lights now. Green lights and red lights won’t be seen until Tuesday, Jan. 18, Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts said.

  • Bloomfield City Council: Civic Center over budget, speeding laws under-enforced

    Bloomfield City Council welcomed two new members, a new city attorney and mayor Rhonda Hagan to its first meeting of the year Monday night. The council set goals for 2011, reviewed the next steps for the “Safe Routes to School” and city entrance signs projects, and discussed problems with the Bloomfield Civic Center.

  • Floyd: Step down from leadership role will allow better service for Nelson County

    State legislators in Frankfort this week selected members to fill party leadership slots, and in a change from previous years, no politician representing Nelson County will be among the individuals.

    David Floyd, R-Bardstown, represents the 50th district, which includes Nelson County, and held the position of minority whip for the last two years. After initially considering another bid for the spot, Floyd stepped aside and nominated Brad Montell of Shelbyville, who then lost to Danny Ford of Mount Vernon.

  • Residential inspection fees on Nelson Fiscal Court agenda

    Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday continued the discussion of residential inspection fees that began at its last meeting.

    The topic came up after Logan Spaulding, the county’s code enforcement officer and chief building inspector, told fiscal court at the Dec. 21 meeting that the state was mandating the HVAC inspection charge be increased to $75. Nelson County’s previous charge was $44. Some magistrates were hesitant to approve the increase and asked Judge Executive Dean Watts for information on how much other inspection fees cost.

  • Legislative preview: Plenty of action ahead for off-year session

    Medicaid budget issues, pension reform and a tax code overhaul are among the topics local legislators expect to receive the most attention in the upcoming Kentucky legislative session.

    In January, the Democratic and Republican caucuses will come together for a week-long organizational meeting to swear in members, elect party leaders and conduct committee meetings. Legislators will then return to Frankfort Feb. 1 to begin the “off-year,” 30-day legislation session.

  • Census shows population, poverty up in Nelson Co.

    The U.S. Census Bureau released a trove of data in December, including the first results of the 2010 U.S. Census, highlighting the changing demographics and economics of Kentucky and Nelson County.

    In addition to the 10-year census, the Census Bureau also published the results of a five-year survey examining in detail the characteristics of places with fewer than 65,000 people, which included Nelson County.