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Government

  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 16
  • La Grange commission looking at historical guidelines

     

    After 10 years with no changes, La Grange’s Historic Commission is updating its guidelines.

    At a special meeting on Wednesday, the commission reviewed part of the guidelines, changing some wording to make the guidelines easier to use. The review also serves as a way to update or omit guidelines that are unclear, unfeasible or obsolete.

    “They are guidelines, it’s not a one size fits all,” commissioner Tom Clemons said.

  • Work approved for I- 71 bridge

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has been working with the Kentucky Department of Transportation to begin construction on a new four lane bridge over I-71 which will link Commerce Parkway with New Moody Lane. The bridge is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion related to Oldham Reserve. Recently, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet gave permission to Gohmann Construction Company to begin work as soon as possible. The bridge is expected to open in 2016.

    Several companies submitted bids to the bridge work. Gohmann Construction’s winning bid was $9,129,000.

  • La Grange mayor Lammlein won’t run for re-election after one term

    The City of La Grange is once again searching for a new mayor.

    Mayor Bill Lammlein, who took office four years ago, recently told the Oldham Era he is sticking to a pledge to only serve one term as mayor. That leaves an opening for chief executive of Oldham County’s largest city.

    So far, no one has filed to replace Lammlein with roughly three weeks until the filing deadline, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. But Lammlein said there are qualified people to take his spot.

  • 2014 elections could mean change in leadership

    With less than three weeks until the filing deadline, the majority of the county’s top elected officials could see an easy re-election.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. is the filing deadline for anyone seeking a federal, state or local office in Kentucky, according to County Clerk Julie Barr.

    But as of Monday, it was mostly those who currently hold elected office who had already filed to run in 2014.

  • Special vote for alcohol at Yew Dell

    A popular Crestwood event center is hoping a special election will allow them to sell alcohol by the drink.

    Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is host to many business events and weddings year-round, but currently can only make alcohol available by hiring a licensed caterer to provide it.

    But a recently- passed state law has expanded those currently limited options for the property, Jackie Gulbe, communications coordinator for Yew Dell, said.

  • Pass the salt, please

    Directing two tons of metal through treacherous conditions sounds like a nightmare for most, but for Andy Rankin, it’s just another day on the job.

    Rankin sits behind the wheel of truck 38 as a four-year veteran of the Oldham County Road Department. This winter, he and the department have gone out to salt or plow five times to head off wintery conditions on county roads, Rankin said.

    “It’s not a hard job, it’s just tedious,” Rankin said. “Your mind has to be in the game.”

  • Center takes used Christmas trees for recycling

    The Oldham County Recycling Center will be giving new life to local Christmas trees. The center will be accepting trees to chip into mulch that will be used by the county.

    “It’s something the judge and fiscal court approve of because it’s environmentally friendly,” Director of Oldham County Solid Waste and Recycling Linda Fountain said.

  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 9
  • News briefs Jan. 9

    Group gets tax status

    The group Friends of Pewee Valley officially received their 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. This status makes them an official tax exempt non-profit organization. Mayor Bob Rogers announced at January’s city council meeting that the Friends applied for the status in February of 2011 and just recently received notification of acceptance.

    Comprehensive plan passed