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Government

  • Dispute over Goshen property could head to court

     

    A dispute over the use of a property on U.S. 42 in Goshen will likely continue with litigation after another hearing in front of the county’s Board of Adjustments.

    The property in question, 9051 W. U.S. 42, is currently owned by Anthony Zeppa and only has an accessory structure on the property currently.

    After receiving initial approval in May 2013 to have the secondary structure on the property without a home also on the grounds, problems arose in January about the misuse of a variance on the property.

  • Old Henry Road open house

    Project consultants, URS Corporation and Qk4, have completed the final design for reconstructing KY 3084 (Old Henry Road) starting just west of the intersection of Bush Farm Road and ending at KY 362 (Ash Avenue). Right of way acquisition is the next step prior to utility relocations and then construction.

  • AG opinion prompts amendment to La Grange law

     

    The Kentucky Attorney General has put an ordinance amending the City of La Grange’s business licensing tax into question.

    After the city council approved the changes 5-4 in their March meeting, the Kentucky Bar Association asked the Attorney General for a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the law.

  • Fiscal Court approves new budget for 2015

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has approved a nearly $26 million budget to operate on for the next year.

    The budget doesn’t include any new raises for county employees or magistrates and is mostly mirrors the previous year’s budget.

    It includes $13.7 million for the county’s general fund and nearly $3 million in the road fund.

  • Bridge Hill project on Highway 22 progressing

    An important stretch of Highway 22 in Crestwood will still be expanded and rerouted, despite slow progress.

    Nicknamed the Bridge Hill project, the changes will take place from just west of the Highway 329 Bypass to just past Abbott Lane, according to Andrea Clifford, spokeswoman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5.

  • La Grange Utilities hires Chisholm as director

    A four-month search for a new director for the La Grange Utilities Commission has ended with the promotion of assistant director Ted Chisholm.

    The commission’s five members offered Chisholm, who’s been assistant director since 2005, the top spot after serving as interim director since February.

    During Chisholm’s time as interim director, the commission has been complimentary of the communication they have received and the preparation Chisholm has during public appearances and meetings.

  • County sees settlement funds cut in half this year

    Since 2001, local farmers have been encouraged to move away from tobacco and into more diverse agricultural production involving livestock, vegetables and even wineries, using monies made available through a lawsuit against tobacco companies. This year, many farmers won’t see much, if any, of those funds as a result of a lawsuit.

    And only an act of the General Assembly has made it possible for counties to receive any funds at all.

  • Residents cry foul over smell from treatment plant

     

    Residents of one Oldham County subdivision are having trouble stopping and smelling the roses every day due to smells from a nearby sewer plant, they said.

    Scott Pullen, a resident of the Cardinal Harbour subdivision, said the nearby Ohio River wastewater treatment plant, operated by the Oldham County Environmental Authority (OCEA), has made life pretty terrible for fellow residents.

  • La Grange votes to refinance bonds

     

    The City of La Grange will refinance its current bonds related to the Oldham Reserve property in hopes of lowering payments and havng a quicker payoff.

    At the monthly city council meeting Monday, the council approved an ordinance authorizing the refinancing through the Kentucky Bond Corporation, an offshoot of the Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Voegele puts deputy judge in charge of county road department

     

    With its last director leaving amid an investigation, the Oldham County Road Department will now get direct supervision from the judge-executive’s office.

    Deputy Judge-Executive John Black will see his responsibilities expand to direct supervision of the county road department, County Judge-Executive David Voegele announced last week, adding the move is effective immediately.