• 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.

  • An open letter to La Grange citizens

    An open letter to the citizens of La Grange:

    On June 3, the La Grange City Council will hear and vote on the second reading of a 1 percent compensation tax that will give our city the ability to pull itself out of debt.

    This new tax will only be used for the retirement of debt that was incurred by the purchase and past infrastructure needs of the 1,000-acre Oldham Reserve business park.

    After the debt is retired, the tax will cease to exist and no longer be collected.

  • State highway projects set to move forward

    Oldham County Fiscal Court Tuesday approved a trio of road construction projects in the county’s rural areas.

    The proposals include a bridge overlay on Ky. 1694 over Harrods Creek and two resurfacing projects on Ky. 1315 and Ky. 1818.

    The Ky. 1315 resurface will stretch for two miles from Floyds Fork to Ky. 53.

    The Ky. 1818 project will run from Neda Way to Ky. 1315.

    State crews will also be working on U.S. 42 this summer Construction will cover approximately 13 miles from Ky. 1694 east to the Henry County line.

  • Agreement gives OCPD officers limited authority in Jefferson Co.

    Oldham County Police Department officers now have the authority to operate in Jefferson County.

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved an inter-local agreement between OCPD and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

    Under the new agreement, OCPD officers have the ability to conduct investigations and pursue cars across the county line.

    Previously, officers had no authority to continue a chase if a suspect crossed into Jefferson County.

  • La Grange set to tax employee wages

    Workers in La Grange may soon see smaller paychecks.

    The La Grange City Council will vote June 3 to impose a 1 percent occupational tax to pay the city’s debt on the Oldham Reserve business park.

    All wages paid by businesses within the city limits will be subject to the tax.

    La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein proposed a similar tax in August, but later scrapped the plan.

    The city currently owes more than $10 million on a pair of bonds, only one of which the city has been able to make payments on, Lammlein said.

  • County employees could face more drug tests

    County employees could soon be required to attend yearly substance abuse training and be subject to more frequent alcohol and drug tests.

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court are considering a change to the county’s drug- and alcohol-free workplace policy.

    The policy would be amended to include yearly mandatory alcohol and substance abuse education and awareness training for all county employees.

    Initial training will last at least an hour with 30-minute review sessions each year thereafter.

  • Oldham Co. sewer rates will increase July 1

    County residents will soon pay more for sewer services.

    Oldham County Fiscal Court April 16 approved a request from the Oldham County Environmental Authority to increase sewer rates for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

    Magistrates voted 8-1 in favor of a 3 percent increase and a $2.15 bump in OCEA’s compliance surcharge.

    The rate and surcharge hikes kick in July 1.

    Based on an average monthly water usage of 5,500 gallons, customers will see an approximate $3.50 monthly increase in sewer service fees.

  • OC Clerk's main office to close for renovations

    Repair work will shut down the Oldham County Clerk's main office next week.

    County Clerk Julie K. Barr said the La Grange office will close April 15-19 for renovations.

    During the week, La Grange staff will shift to satellite offices in Crestwood and Prospect to accommodate increased traffic at those locations.

    The La Grange office will still be open to residents seeking marriage licenses.