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Government

  • Fiscal Court approves comprehensive plan

     

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has approved the latest edition of the county’s comprehensive plan, after rejecting a previous version in August.

    The newest version changes the most controversial part of the previous attempt, dealing with accessory dwelling units.

    The plan said the county should develop and adopt regulations for those units, called ADUs, rather than suggest they be allowed, as a previous version of the plan said.

    The new change was approved by the court, as was the plan as a whole, at its meeting on Tuesday.

  • La Grange honors former mayor

     

    The City of La Grange has renamed a road in honor of a former mayor.

    The city council unanimously approved creating L.T. Doty Lane, named after the mayor who served from 1958 to 1962.

    The street currently runs behind the All Aboard liquor store, as well as behind the Oldham Era offices. Doty Lane is bounded by West Washington, South First, West Adams and South Second streets.

  • Election 2014

    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.

  • Congressman brings listening tour to Goshen, La Grange

    As Congress enjoys a Thanksgiving break, U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie spent part of his time in the western half of his district this week on a two-day listening tour.

    Massie, a Republican who represents Oldham County and most of northern Kentucky in Congress, made two stops in Oldham County, at the Goshen General Store and One Nineteen West Main in La Grange.

    At his Goshen stop, Massie fielded questions on the Affordable Care Act, the government shutdown, climate change and other federal issues.

  • BILLING ISSUE OVER SEWERS RESOLVED

    A double-billing issue affecting residents of the Willow Creek subdivision in Oldham County has reached a formal resolution.

    According to Oldham County Magistrate Bob Dye, whose district includes the Willow Creek Subdivision, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in Louisville has agreed to a process to stop their billing and provide refunds of up to two years to residents affected by the double billing.

    “It’s a conclusion,” Dye said. “It solves a problem. As people are aware, Willow Creek is unusual.”

  • Ballardsville Fire to build second station

    The Ballardsville Fire Department is set to build a second station in southern Oldham County after getting approval from the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    The commission unanimously approved the second station, which will be built at 2414 W. Highway 22 in Crestwood. It will also have a public entrance to the station from Montford Circle.

  • Federal program helps OCPD with equipment

    A federal program through the Homeland Security Department is helping the Oldham County Police Department prepare for any potential crisis.

    The program, called the Defense Logistics Agency, allows old or no longer used federal equipment to funnel down to local law enforcement agencies for emergency management.

    So far, OCPD has acquired a wealth of useful equipment from the program, Police Chief Greg Smith said, including an all-terrain vehicle, three Humvees, radios, weapons and cold weather and water gear.

  • Relocation forces city to pick interim mayor

    An unforeseen relocation has led to a time of transition in one Oldham County city.

    Former Orchard Grass Hills Mayor Darlene Yarberry resigned her office at the town’s October meeting, due to her family moving to Mississippi.  At that same meeting, the city’s six council members elected one of their own to be interim mayor until Yarberry’s term ends in December 2014. 

    Interim Mayor Doug Lalli has been on the job roughly one month, after spending three years on the Orchard Grass Hill’s city council.

  • Election 2014
  • 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.