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Government

  • BILLING ISSUE OVER SEWERS RESOLVED

    A double-billing issue affecting residents of the Willow Creek subdivision in Oldham County has reached a formal resolution.

    According to Oldham County Magistrate Bob Dye, whose district includes the Willow Creek Subdivision, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in Louisville has agreed to a process to stop their billing and provide refunds of up to two years to residents affected by the double billing.

    “It’s a conclusion,” Dye said. “It solves a problem. As people are aware, Willow Creek is unusual.”

  • Ballardsville Fire to build second station

    The Ballardsville Fire Department is set to build a second station in southern Oldham County after getting approval from the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    The commission unanimously approved the second station, which will be built at 2414 W. Highway 22 in Crestwood. It will also have a public entrance to the station from Montford Circle.

  • Federal program helps OCPD with equipment

    A federal program through the Homeland Security Department is helping the Oldham County Police Department prepare for any potential crisis.

    The program, called the Defense Logistics Agency, allows old or no longer used federal equipment to funnel down to local law enforcement agencies for emergency management.

    So far, OCPD has acquired a wealth of useful equipment from the program, Police Chief Greg Smith said, including an all-terrain vehicle, three Humvees, radios, weapons and cold weather and water gear.

  • Relocation forces city to pick interim mayor

    An unforeseen relocation has led to a time of transition in one Oldham County city.

    Former Orchard Grass Hills Mayor Darlene Yarberry resigned her office at the town’s October meeting, due to her family moving to Mississippi.  At that same meeting, the city’s six council members elected one of their own to be interim mayor until Yarberry’s term ends in December 2014. 

    Interim Mayor Doug Lalli has been on the job roughly one month, after spending three years on the Orchard Grass Hill’s city council.

  • Election 2014
  • Grant from utilities helps county plant more trees

    Last week, the Oldham County Fiscal Court Road Department planted 22 Yoshino cherry trees and 22 redbud trees along the Oldham County Parkway in LaGrange.  These ornamental blooming trees were selected to provide residents and visitors with a colorful vista as they travel through the heart of the community while also providing valuable ecosystem services.

  • Fiscal Court takes up comprehensive plan again

    The county’s comprehensive plan is back on the table.

    The plan, which was rejected in August, had been modified and must again be approved by four legislative bodies in Oldham County.

    The plan was originally rejected over language about accessory dwelling units. Critics of the old proposal said the plan was encouraging ADUs and the Oldham County Fiscal Court rejected the August plan on those grounds.

    Based on that rejection, a new plan was created and passed by but the planning and zoning commission 11-0.

  • County buys land to add to Westport Park

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has authorized a deal to buy roughly two acres of land from the University of Louisville in Westport.

    The land is just east of Westport Park, which sits along the Ohio River in northern Oldham County.

    According to its agreement with the university, the county will pay a total of $187,500 by October 2015 for the land. Fiscal Court authorized an initial payment of $62,500 in cash for the transaction and will pay that same amount the next two years until the full amount is paid.

  • Pewee Valley receives grant for Central Park

     

    With only a few projects left to complete the vision of Central Park in Pewee Valley, the city is once again the proud recipient of a grant from the Peyton Samuel Head Family Trust. 

    The Head Family Trust has awarded Pewee Valley a $6,800 grant to fund a wooden bridge over one of the Central Park bioswales (a landscape element that helps with run-off), whereby creating yet another dramatic entry into the park.  The remaining funds will be used for a series of “Concerts in the Park” in 2014.

  • Election 2014 begins

    Several candidates for local offices have filed their paperwork to run in the 2014 election  If you would like to see a photo printed in the Era of a candidate filing for office, please send a photo and a brief description to news@oldhamera.com