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Government

  • McCoy: Pension bill good for Kentucky’s teachers

    Teachers across the state called in sick Friday so they could protest a state pension bill that was introduced and approved by the Kentucky House in one day.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, who spoke in favor of the bill in the House and then voted for it with the majority, said the bill had to be rushed through because legislators were out of time if they wanted to reserve a day to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s likely veto.

  • Mayor proposes gas franchise fee

    Bardstown LG&E gas customers’ bills would likely increase next year under a 3 percent natural gas franchise fee Mayor Dick Heaton suggested at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

    For a customer who pays $300 a month on a winter gas bill, that would add $9.

    Heaton said the company’s estimate is that a 3 percent fee would raise about $116,000 a year.

    Heaton suggested the fee as a way the city might be able to fund the payments on the property the council decided to purchase following a closed session Tuesday.

  • Bardstown to buy three parcels of land for $1.7 million

    Bardstown is growing, and so is its city government.

    For years, municipal workers have complained that the old school building that houses City Hall, the Bardstown Fire Department and part of the physical plant for Bardstown Utilities and Public Works is bursting at the seams.

    This week, city officials made a big decision that will give them more elbow room.

    The City Council plans to spend $1.69 million to acquire 15.4 acres of property to meet the municipal government’s needs for future expansion.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from March 27

    New firefighters introduced

    Three new firefighters were introduced by Chief Billy N. Mattingly at a City Council meeting Tuesday night and sworn in by Mayor Dick Heaton. They replace three others who had “moved on,” the chief said.

    Joe Strong had already been a volunteer for the Bardstown Fire Department, as well as a volunteer for Lebanon and Marion County, Bradfordsville and Gravel Switch and a part-time emergency medical technician for Marion County EMS. He is also an Army veteran.

  • Resident pitches chickens; council ducks decision

    Nick Kipper is again making a pitch for allowing backyard chickens in Bardstown.

    And City Council members still aren’t saying they’re for or against the idea, but during a meeting Tuesday, they hinted at changes Kipper could make to his proposed ordinance that might get it an up or down vote.

    Kipper, a master gardener who lives in the Historic District, raised chickens for three years on a nearby lot until he was busted in 2016 by the city code enforcement, who was looking for some other chickens that had flown the coop.

  • Advocates warn proposal would weaken open government

    A proposal by Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer would make one of the strongest open records laws in the nation one of the weakest, according to Jon Fleischaker, a Louisville attorney who should know.

    He’s the principal author of the law.

  • County officials still not sold on state broadband

    Nelson County officials still aren’t convinced that a statewide fiber optic broadband network would significantly benefit local residents, but County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told the magistrates this week he’s going to ask them for an “up or down vote” on a franchise agreement with the state project’s private partner, Bluegrass Network (Bluegrass Cellular), at the next meeting, on April 3.

  • City of Bardstown gets grant to pave Wilson Parkway

    State frees up money for other city streets

    Bardstown will get a grant of $97,159 to pave the roadway through Wilson Industrial Park this year, freeing up about a third of the city’s transportation budget to use on other street paving projects.

    The City Council on Tuesday voted to authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with the state Department of Highways to accept the money for the repaving of Wilson Parkway.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from March 15

    Recently completed sewer project to be re-bid, corrected

    It looks like New Haven area residents will likely face another summer of trying to avoid areas of sewer construction.

    Jones Construction Co. recently completed a $348,000 sewer rehabilitation project, but the city is not pleased with the results, and voted Wednesday night to take steps to force them to forfeit their performance bond so the work can be rebid and, hopefully, be corrected by a different firm.

  • Cell tower’s delay angers Bloomfield residents

    Northeast Nelson County and Bloomfield residents were hopeful when New Cingular Wireless applied for approval from the Nelson County Planning Commission to construct a tower on Arnold Lane in Bloomfield.

    But they will have to wait a while longer, it appears. A hearing by the commission to consider the proposal had been scheduled for March 27, but the company withdrew the request.

    A large contingent of residents turned out to Monday’s Bloomfield City Council meeting to voice their displeasure and disappointment at the company’s decision.