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Government

  • Vote could change golf course liquor laws

     A special election is set to tee off in La Grange next Tuesday.

    Residents of the La Grange precinct surrounding Eagle Creek Golf Course will vote to permit the golf course to serve alcoholic beverages by the drink.

    City officials hope the alcohol sales will increase revenue at the city-owned golf course.

    The change could also help decrease the amount of alcohol brought illegally into Eagle Creek.

  • School board vice-chair files for congress

    A Crestwood resident is one of the last candidates to file for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Walt Schumm, a builder/developer and real estate agent, joins six other Republicans and two Democrats vying for the seat.

    Schumm is also the vice-chair of the Oldham County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 10 years.

    Schumm said he believes his diverse business experience will allow him to represent his community well in Washington.

  • Bids for county facility are 72% over budget

    Plans for new road and recycling buildings went off the road when officials opened project bids at the Feb. 7 fiscal court meeting.

    “We’re all in shock over the prices that came in,” said Magistrate Brent Likins, chair of the building construction and maintenance committee last week.

  • Ethics panel reviews Oldham property assessor’s family hire

    An ethics hearing for Oldham County’s property assessor continued last week in Frankfort.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property valuation administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008. If found guilty, penalties can range up to $5,000.

    The county PVA is elected to assess the value of property for property taxes.

  • Judge-exec under fire for 911 calls

    (Audio files for this story are linked in the story and at the bottom. When you click on the link, you'll be taken to a Google Documents screen with a "Download File" button in the top-right corner.)

    The county judge-executive is drawing fire this week after several 911 calls he made to the county’s dispatch center in 2011 became public. 

  • Officials eligible for 3 percent pay raise

    The county’s finance committee voted to recommend magistrates accept only a 1 percent increase for 2012, keeping in line with the committee’s recommendation to other county agencies.

    Magistrates and some other elected officials are eligible for a 2.96 percent raise based on the consumer price index and accommodating increasing in the cost of living.

    The CPI raise is the only way salaries can be raised after being capped at $7,200 in the state constitution.

  • Officials reach agreement for Brownsboro sewers

    Extending sewers to the future Brownsboro school campus is now in the hands of the Oldham County Environmental Authority after fiscal court approved a revised interlocal agreement Jan. 17.

    The agreement between fiscal court, the city of Crestwood and Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District hasn’t been revised since its original signing in 1996.

  • Clerk, sheriff predict higher revenue in 2012

    Fiscal Court voted to approve 2012 budgets for the county clerk and sheriff’s offices on Jan. 3.

    County Clerk Julie Barr told the court projected gross income figures are 4.5 percent higher than in 2011, including increases in mortgage recordings, security agreements and power of attorney filings.

    However, about 90 percent of that income is distributed to other entities, like the school board, county attorney and state government.

  • La Grange man files for U.S. representative seat

    A La Grange resident is entering the race for the U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County Public Schools, is the third candidate for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012 for the 4th Congressional district. Davis said he wants to devote more time to his family.

  • Longtime firefighter marks the end of 2011 with retirement

    He started his career in emergency response as a 14-year-old.  This weekend, more than 35 years later, Crestwood resident Mark Gardner marks the end of 2011 with his retirement from the South Oldham Fire Department. 

    Gardner, who most recently served as deputy chief of SOFD, retired Dec. 31.

    In his many years in the fire service, Gardner has also served as a training officer and as an EMT.

    Gardner said he was 14 when he and his best friend, Jeff Tanselle, walked into the Pewee Valley fire station and signed on as junior firefighters.