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Government

  • It’s DeWeese versus McCoy again for state representative

    The state representative’s race will be a rematch between Republican incumbent Chad McCoy and Democratic challenger James DeWeese.

    DeWeese ran away with the win early in the primary Tuesday night, carrying the district by three to one. The other Democrat, Kory Miller, never came close.

    The final tally was 3,864 to 1,407.

    “It’s been a rewarding race. We’ve definitely stayed on our toes the whole campaign, and we really ran against the incumbent,” DeWeese said.

  • Coulter beats out Hutchins to serve on Fiscal Court

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court will have at least two new members next year.

    Gary Coulter denied 2nd District Magistrate Sam Hutchins a fourth term by defeating him 633 to 561 votes in the Democratic primary, or 53 to 47 percent.

    “I appreciate all the voters who showed confidence in me,” Coulter said.

    He also said he appreciated Hutchins’ service to the county over the past 12 years. “It was a good, clean race,” Coulter said.

  • County homeowners concerned about big increases in assessments

    Barbara Tichenor had some explaining to do.

    Magistrate Keith Metcalfe has been getting complaints from constituents about increases in their property taxes, and there isn’t a thing he can do about it.

    “I’ve gotten numerous phone calls, and they think it’s something we’ve voted on,” he said.

    He asked Tichenor, the county’s property valuation administrator, to let everybody know “Nelson County Fiscal Court has nothing to do with your assessments.”

  • 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.