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Government

  • Courthouse sidewalk to undergo renovations

    A portion of Main Street in front of the county courthouse is getting a historic look, thanks to donations and money from the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

    The project, initially approved by the Fiscal Court last week, will double the width of the sidewalks, as well as provide more landscaping and seating in the courthouse square section of Main Street in La Grange.

  • La Grange council considering law to allow chickens in city limits

    A death from an alleged drug deal could lead to the city of La Grange allowing chickens to be owned inside the city limits.

    It’s a process La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein said was hard to follow, but was brought up weeks ago, after a shooting occurred on Washington Street. In that incident, Justin Rogers, 24, was found dead allegedly killed by Henry Schultz-Eggenspiller after police said a drug deal went bad. Schultz-Eggenspiller was originally charged with murder in the case, but the charge was dismissed after a grand jury did not indict him on it.

  • New paved trail open at Wendell Moore park

     

    Seventeen years ago, Paul and Ann Clinton placed an ad in the Oldham Era asking if anyone in the community would be interested in preserving green space. More than 70 people showed up at the first meeting forming Greenways for Oldham County.

    Fast forward to last week, when Greenways celebrated the ribbon cutting of the 2.5-mile trail-paving project at Wendell Moore Park.

    “We take a lot of pride in this (project),” said Judy Hall, a Greenways board member. “We are a tiny organization. It was a big undertaking for us.”

  • OCEA gets approval for sewer, surcharge increases

    Customers of the Oldham County Environmental Authority can expect to see an average increase of seven and a half dollars in their monthly bills soon.

    OCEA, also known as Veolia Water, was granted a 4.5 percent rate increase for sewer charges, as well as a $5.59 flat increase to a monthly surcharge by the Oldham County Fiscal Court Tuesday. According to figures given by OCEA, the increases amount to an extra $7.43 a month for the average customer.

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the increase by voice vote at its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday.

  • Council approves new Pewee Valley town center

     

    Pewee Valley residents are one step closer to a redesign of its city center after council members approved the option selected by an online vote in a council meeting earlier this week.

    In June, voters were given the option to choose from two Town Square concept plans, one keeping the city’s fire pit in Town Square and one relocating it.

    Council members tallied the 127 votes and by a vote of 36, residents of Pewee Valley chose Town Square Concept A. Concept B received 25 votes and 9 people voted for the “other” option.

  • City of Goshen amends pet law to include cats on leashes, mayor unsure of enforcement

    Putting a dog on a leash for an afternoon walk through the park may not seem that big of a deal, but Goshen residents will soon have to restrain their cats from running free.

    The City of Goshen decided in June that Chapter 90 of the City Ordinances regarding animals needed to be updated to address the issue of cats.

  • New pedestrian bridge connects Old La Grange road in Buckner

    A long-awaited pedestrian bridge has officially opened to runners, walkers and cyclists in Buckner.

    The bridge connects Old La Grange Road alongside Interstate 71, which separated the road when it was built. The bridge was a main piece in the Oldham County Bike, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan, County Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

  • McConnell: National marketplace would fix Obamacare problems

     

    A local business was able to get a political update from one of the top Congressional leaders this week.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped by Fastline Publications in Buckner Monday to speak to employees, local residents and leaders about the state of the country.

  • OC Health Dept. cutting back staff

     

    A decline in funding, partnered with increasing retirement expenses is leading to reductions in personnel and services at the Oldham County Health Department.

    Starting July 6, the department will be releasing two contract employees and reducing three full-time employees to part-time, Teresa Gamsky, the director of public health, said.

  • Circuit Clerk’s office to close for account updates

    Oldham County is scheduled to go live with the new court system’s Accounts Receivable program on August 1. There are 22 Kentucky counties using the AR program.

    The Accounts Receivable program allows the KYCOURTS case management system to speak electronically to the Receipts/Bookkeeping system. The Judicial Branch is required to report monies owed to the state general fund and the new AR program makes it possible to report this information electronically. Previously, this information was available only through a time-consuming manual process.