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Government

  • County budget anticipates greater spending for 2019

    The proposed budget that the Nelson County Fiscal Court will vote on in two weeks would increase spending by nearly one and three-quarters of a million dollars more than what was budgeted for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    One reason is that the Nelson County Fiscal Court expected to take a big hit on county employee pensions in the coming year — about $775,000 more than this year — but the state legislature passed a bill to phase in the increase over several years and capped it at 12 percent.

  • County to pave Murrays Run Road and others

    The county Road Department will get $106,350 to resurface 13,000 feet of what County Judge-Executive Dean Watts called one of the worst roads in the county — Murrays Run Road.

    During the Nelson County Fiscal Court’s meeting Tuesday, he said he was transferring money from his own discretionary road fund to Magistrate Jerry Hahn’s district to improve the road.

    The court also approved about $140,860 for paving roads in Magistrate Bernard Ice’s district, including sections of Clear Creek Drive, Lick Creek and Hugh Ice Loop.

  • Hagan Road residents to have Bloomfield City water by July

    DENNIS GEORGE

    Special to the Standard

    It was last July when a group of Hagan Road residents asked the Bloomfield City Council to extend water lines to their area.

    If things go as planned, they should have city water this July.

    Public Works employee Scott Thompson told the council Monday the Kentucky Division of Water has finally approved the project plans, and work should begin in a few weeks.

    County Engineer Brad Spalding had been working with the city on its plans.

  • LG&E OK with 3 percent gas fee; franchise ordinance approved

    LG&E/KU Energy customers in Bardstown can soon expect to pay an extra three bucks on every $100 gas bill.

    On Tuesday, the City Council gave final approval to an ordinance to create a franchise for natural gas facilities, and Jan Coleman Rose, a manager for the Louisville utility, indicated the company has no problem with the city adding a fee of no more than 5 percent to help fund city services. Several other cities LG&E operates in that until recently didn’t have fees now do, she said.

  • ELECTION 2018: Open government has become a big issue in District 2 magistrate race

    Gary Coulter is running for the Democratic nomination for 2nd District magistrate in part because he wants more transparency in county government.

    The incumbent, Magistrate Sam Hutchins, admits the Nelson County Fiscal Court could do better at explaining to constituents what they’re doing and why.

    Coulter’s accusation of furtive decision-making by the court stems from its recent actions to uphold the Planning Commission’s approval of the redevelopment of the Woodlawn Springs Golf Course.

  • ELECTION 2018: District 3 Democrats disagree on planning and zoning issues

    Magistrate Bernard Ice’s opponent in the May 22 Democratic primary is a former dairy farmer who wants to save farmland, but isn’t fond of the Planning Commission that is tasked with that responsibility.

    “I think the land could be preserved. … It’s just too much development,” said David Call, who faced off against the eight-term incumbent in a televised debate Monday night at the PLG TV-13 studio.

  • ELECTION 2018: GOP candidates in District 3 want to separate city-county planning and zoning

    If a debate consists of opposing arguments, then the televised forum for Republican 3rd District magistrate candidates Selvey Vittitoe and Philip Bischoff was hardly a debate. The two agreed on almost everything when they met Monday night at the PLG TV studio to make their case to the voters.

    Their positions, however, differed markedly from those of the Democratic incumbent, Bernard Ice. Ice, for example, supports the Joint City-County Planning Commission. Bischoff and Vittitoe want the county to secede from it.

  • Reed files to run for magistrate

    David L. Reed of New Hope, who ran four years ago as a Republican, is once again a candidate for 1st District magistrate, this time as an independent.

    The seat is currently held by Magistrate Keith Metcalfe, a Democrat, who is seeking his third term.

    Metcalfe was one of only two incumbents on the Nelson County Fiscal Court who, until Thursday, faced no opposition for re-election. Now only Jeff Lear, the county government’s only elected Republican, is the only magistrate who has no opponent.

  • McCarthy graduates from basic training

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher M. McCarthy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • ELECTION 2018: Candidates for jailer debate staff and security

    Democratic incumbent jailer Dorcas Figg says conditions are improving at the Nelson County Jail and hopes voters will give her an opportunity to serve a fifth term.

    Her two opponents in the May 22 primary, Michael Johnson and John “Buck” Snellen, were only mildly critical of Figg’s performance in Thursday’s Kentucky Standard/PLG TV debates at the Nelson County Civic Center.