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Inmate housed at county jail dies
An inmate from the Oldham County Jail died Aug. 29 at Baptist Hospital Northeast.Jail officials say James Wethington, 42, a federal inmate, was taken to the hospital around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and died about 1 a.m.Preliminary reports show the cause of death was a heart attack, but Oldham County Jailer Mike Simpson said autopsy results are pending.Wethington was housed at the county jail awaiting trial on a probation violation charge.
Arvin recommended as P&Z commissioner
A former Oldham County Schools superintendent has been recommended to serve on the Oldham County Planning Commission.Robert L. Arvin was recommended to serve on the commission by members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court.Arvin would replace Warner Brown, whose four-year term expired in August.
La Grange’s choice for city attorney must separate from PVA lawsuit
La Grange’s new city attorney may be a newcomer to a government involving the names Carter, Taylor and Knight.He’s more familiar with Clinton, Gore and Mandela.Graham Whatley will be La Grange’s new city attorney if he separates himself from a lawsuit involving the county’s property valuation administrator, the city council decided Sept. 2.The Oxford-educated Whatley served in the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration.He worked on international trade treaties and in relations with post-apartheid South Africa.After Gore lost his presidential bid, Whatley moved to Louisville and opened a general law practice in 2003. He moved to La Grange a few months ago.At the time of the city council meeting, he represented Wanda Woolum and the late Charlie Woolum in a lawsuit against Oldham County PVA Ron Winters.The city council voted to create a stipulation that Whatley, 49, could not serve as city attorney until he separated himself from the lawsuit, in order to avoid a conflict of interest.Whatley agreed, but said Monday he has not yet decided what to do about the case. There is no guarantee a judge will let him out of it, he said.Whatley’s salary will be based on two days a week, although council members question the idea because the previous city attorney worked full time.“It’s a matter of efficiency,” Mayor Elsie Carter said.Three days before the council meeting, Oldham County Police arrested Whatley for reckless driving, improper signal and DUI.Whatley said Tuesday has not been convicted. His arraignment is scheduled Oct. 15.
Fiscal court grants extension for OCSD financial plan
Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court granted another extension Sept. 2 for the Oldham County Sewer District to resolve financial issues.Judge-Executive Duane Murner asked the court for extra time to hear from two national companies interested in signing a management contract with the district. In June, members of fiscal court approved a resolution to allow fiscal court to assist OCSD in a financial workout and debt restructuring.OCSD is currently $16 million in debt. On Tuesday, board members discussed a Louisville Water Co.billing error that adds $79,000 to OCSD’s expenses.Murner said fiscal court would grant the sewer district a rate increase only if the district reduces expenses. After the extension, OCSD will present to the fiscal court their progress in meeting thecriteria of the court’s resolution.Post signs in stateright-of-way and expect them to go missingAs the Nov. 4 General Election nears, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are not allowed along state rights-of-way.“Our preference is that campaign signs be placed on privately owned property,” Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said. “We want to support and encourage the democratic process, but not at the expense of our motorists’ safety. We absolutely appreciate the cooperation received in years past from all of the various campaigns.”Signs of any type – for campaigns, yard sales and other advertising – can create a traffic hazard when illegally placed on a state right-of-way.Depending on size and construction, illegal signs can be a distraction and vision blocker to drivers.They also can hinder right-of-way operations such as mowing and pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway.All signs will be removed from state rights-of-way and housed at each of KYTC’s county maintenance facilities for 30 days.Owners can retrieve signs at these locations between regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.OCSDlearnsofbillingerror,owes$79KtoMSD
TheOldhamCountySewerDistrictowesabout $79,000 to the Metropolitan Sewer District after a Louisville Water Company billing error.Some residents in Woodmont subdivision have paid for service to OCSD – instead of MSD – since the service provider changed in 2006.The Louisville Water Co. never reflected the change in billing, and a customer recently brought the error to OCSD Board Treasurer Amy Alvey’s attention.Pewee club planscandidate forumThe Pewee Valley Woman’s Club will host a candidates’ forum 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. James Episcopal Church.The eight candidates vying for six city council slots will address issues facing Pewee Valley.