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Government

  • Judge Jones Sworn In

    Last week Allison Jones took her official oath, being sworn in as the new Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge for the 6th Appellate District, Division 1, which includes Oldham County. 

    Elected officials and judges from across the state gathered in the Campbell County Courthouse in Newport to celebrate Jones’ investiture as the newest member of Kentucky’s Appellate Court. 

    Judge Jones, who has decided to locate her office in Campbell County, replaces current Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller, who swore her in.

  • OC Water District Receives State Honor

    The Oldham County Water District has received the highest award given to rural water districts in Kentucky.

    The district is the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Wooden Bucket Award, which is given to a water or wastewater utility that has made “substantial and lasting improvements in providing high levels of customer service,” as well as increased quality of their operations, according to the association.

  • City passes Ad Valorum Tax

    La Grange City Council met Sept. 3 for the first time after passing the compensation tax and discovering an error in the amount the city was paying for employee's health insurance.

    After having large turnouts for the past few meetings with a compensation tax and incorporation on the table, this meeting was lightly attended.

    The city approved a renewal of an Ad Valorum tax during the meeting, passing it unanimously. Mayor Bill Lammlein said the rates are not increasing and have not for a few years.

  • JUDGE WANTS TO BE PUBLIC SERVANT

    Court of Appeals Judge Allison Jones wants to be an active judge, but not in the way most think.

    Being called an “activist judge” usually comes with a negative connotation but Jones wants to flip that idea upside down.

    “I take my role as a public servant very seriously,” Jones said. “I want to do more as a Court of Appeals judge than rule on cases.”

  • County redistricted, representatives increased

    Oldham County’s representation has increased to four in the Kentucky House of Representatives, but it will come at the expense of splitting up the southwest portion of the county.

    Three Louisville-based House districts shoot up into Oldham County and will split Pewee Valley and Crestwood into separate districts.

  • Fiscal court denies comprehensive plan

    Oldham County’s Fiscal Court did not approve the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan for Oldham County on Tuesday.

    As detailed in the meeting two weeks ago, the Fiscal Court can only approve, deny or amend the goals and objectives of the plan. The court has no authority to say anything about the actual plan itself. However, because the plan was presented with the goals and objectives and voted upon as an ordinance, the comprehensive plan did not receive approval either.

  • Oldham County Property Transfers
    • Fred Bova to Brent and Amber McClamroch, lot 178, Kentucky Acres, 7510 Commonwealth Drive, Crestwood, $231,500
    • Thomas and Denise Pope to William Turner and Tanya Chiappone, lot 91, Echo Valley Farms, 3601 Echo Valley Circle, La Grange, $230,000
    • Lee Clore, Trustee to Key Homes, Inc., lot 292, Kentucky Acres, Crestwood, $49,000
    • Kelly Jennings nka Kelly Cooper to Joan Brock and Judy Crockett, lot 157, Echo Valley Farms, 3514 Echo Valley Circle, La Grange, $148,000
  • Fulcher fills Prospect vacancy

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    The city government of Prospect is complete.

    Frank Fulcher, 71, was appointed to city council, garnering four votes from the five members in place.

    The retired engineer was chosen over other nominees, including attorney Wilson Greene; Sue Kocian, a pharmaceutical sales representative; attorney Jeffrey Stovall; and accountant Daniel Weber.

    Fulcher will fill Michael Scott’s term. Scott died suddenly July 12.

  • County made offer to absorb La Grange police

    Oldham County Fiscal Court made an informal offer to absorb La Grange City Police into Oldham County Police Department, a proposal the La Grange mayor has rejected.

    In a letter to the editor published in The Oldham Era May 23, OC Circuit Court Clerk Rick Rash said the county government offered to have two OCPD officers patrol La Grange 24 hours a day, seven days a week for $800,000 a year.

    Judge-Executive David Voegele confirmed Friday the offer was made, but no “detailed discussions” were held on the matter.

  • Commission OKs revised plan for future growth

    Oldham County’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday unanimously approved a document that will determine future development and goals in the county.

    The comprehensive plan, which has to be revised and approved every five years, lays the groundwork for how future areas of development will be handled.

    It also spells out specific goals and objectives for the county in the future.