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Government

  • Grant from utilities helps county plant more trees

    Last week, the Oldham County Fiscal Court Road Department planted 22 Yoshino cherry trees and 22 redbud trees along the Oldham County Parkway in LaGrange.  These ornamental blooming trees were selected to provide residents and visitors with a colorful vista as they travel through the heart of the community while also providing valuable ecosystem services.

  • Fiscal Court takes up comprehensive plan again

    The county’s comprehensive plan is back on the table.

    The plan, which was rejected in August, had been modified and must again be approved by four legislative bodies in Oldham County.

    The plan was originally rejected over language about accessory dwelling units. Critics of the old proposal said the plan was encouraging ADUs and the Oldham County Fiscal Court rejected the August plan on those grounds.

    Based on that rejection, a new plan was created and passed by but the planning and zoning commission 11-0.

  • County buys land to add to Westport Park

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has authorized a deal to buy roughly two acres of land from the University of Louisville in Westport.

    The land is just east of Westport Park, which sits along the Ohio River in northern Oldham County.

    According to its agreement with the university, the county will pay a total of $187,500 by October 2015 for the land. Fiscal Court authorized an initial payment of $62,500 in cash for the transaction and will pay that same amount the next two years until the full amount is paid.

  • Pewee Valley receives grant for Central Park

     

    With only a few projects left to complete the vision of Central Park in Pewee Valley, the city is once again the proud recipient of a grant from the Peyton Samuel Head Family Trust. 

    The Head Family Trust has awarded Pewee Valley a $6,800 grant to fund a wooden bridge over one of the Central Park bioswales (a landscape element that helps with run-off), whereby creating yet another dramatic entry into the park.  The remaining funds will be used for a series of “Concerts in the Park” in 2014.

  • Election 2014 begins

    Several candidates for local offices have filed their paperwork to run in the 2014 election  If you would like to see a photo printed in the Era of a candidate filing for office, please send a photo and a brief description to news@oldhamera.com

  • Massie: Deal likely on debt ceiling

    Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie believes a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling is on the horizon, despite a lingering government shutdown over funding.

    Speaking to local reporters today, Massie said House GOP leadership informed him yesterday that the debt ceiling debate would be over before next week’s deadline.

    “Based on my conversations with House leadership yesterday I believe a short-term debt increase will be passed in the House by Saturday without too many clauses,” he said.

  • Judges explain state laws allowing early releases

    Frustrated by a judicial system that seems to result in a revolving door for at least one specific criminal in their town, Pewee Valley City Council members asked for an explanation.

    At their monthly meeting Monday night, council members heard from 12th Judicial District Judges Jerry Crosby and Diana Wheeler, who serve Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties. The judges fielded questions from council members and provided a description of the criminal release process as it relates to House Bill 463.

  • ‘Mayor for life’ to be honored

     It can be hard to run anything by yourself, let alone a city, but that is what Crestwood Mayor Dennis Deibel has been doing since 1972. He is the mayor, clerk and accountant of a city that has exploded in population recently. All calls to the city go directly to his cell phone.

    “I believe that the smaller the government the better,” Deibel said. His government in Crestwood is about as small as it can get.

  • Planning and Zoning returns to old plan

     Oldham County’s planning and zoning commission has re-adopted a comprehensive plan previously passed in 2007.

    After Fiscal Court turned down the commission’s latest comprehensive plan, the county was left without a plan upon which to base decisions. Chairman Kevin Jeffries said the commission will continue to work on the new comprehensive plan but wanted to pass the old one so they could have working guidelines.

  • GOP groups celebrate growth at rally

     For the first time ever, five local Republican groups joined together to celebrate their growing political strength with the state’s top GOP officials.

    The Republican parties of Henry, Oldham, Trimble, Carroll and Shelby joined together last Friday for the first ever Multi-County GOP Picnic, drawing U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul as headliners.

    Congressman Thomas Massie and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined the state’s two U.S. senators at the event, in addition to dozens of local officials from the five counties.