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Government

  • 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.

  • County’s first dog park to celebrate grand opening

    Dog owners looking for a place to get their pet some exercise will soon have a location to do so in Oldham County.

    Thanks to a partnership with the Louisville Dog Run Association, the Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a grand opening for a new dog run park in Wendell Moore Park.

    The ceremony will be Saturday at 11 a.m. It will feature a ribbon cutting and the first 50 guests will receive a free hot dog, Tim Curtis, director of the county parks department, said.

  • County remembers those who served

    More than 100 people turned out to remember those who served in the military during American Legion Post 39’s annual Memorial Day event on the courthouse lawn in La Grange.

  • Former magistrate, fire chief remembered

    After a four-year battle with cancer, Oldham County has lost a key businessman and community presence, friends of Robert “Bob” Deibel, said.

    Deibel, 74, passed away May 11 at his house, after battling three rounds of pancreatic cancer.

    Deibel’s list of accomplishments in Oldham County is long and spans decades of work. Most notably, Deibel served as magistrate on the Oldham County Fiscal Court for 21 years, helped incorporate the City of Crestwood and served as chief of the South Oldham Fire Department for 16 years.