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Government

  • La Grange Council takes first step for bond refinancing

     

    The La Grange City Council has taken the first step in refinancing its part of the bonds owned for the Oldham Reserve development.

    At a busy meeting Monday night, the council unanimously approved a resolution entering into an interlocal agreement with the Kentucky Bonding Corporation, which would allow it to pool its new bonds with other cities to get a better deal, Mayor Bill Lammlein said.

    “Since we can no longer go to the open market and sell our bonds because of our bad rating, we have to pool,” Lammlein told the council.

  • La Grange to offer bus service on primary Election Day

    The City of La Grange is pleased to announce that Oldham Public Bus will have a special bus run on Election Day, May 20, so people without transportation and the physically impaired can to go the polling places to cast their votes.

    The bus will serve the following precincts: C-102 and D-106 at the La Grange Fire House, C-103 and C-106 at La Grange Elementary School and D-101 and F-101 at La Grange Baptist Church.

  • Highway 524 reopened

     

    A crucial highway leading into Westport has been re-opened after the state transportation cabinet shut it down for repairs.

    Highway 524 was closed on April 21 so construction crews could repair the deteriorating road, install cross-drains underneath the road and fill in the bordering ditches with rock to prevent future erosion of the highway.

  • Road director resigns during investigation

    The county’s road superintendent has resigned in the midst of an investigation into the misappropriation of materials during his tenure, Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele announced.

    Lance Lashley resigned last Friday, Voegele said in a statement, after being put on paid leave on April 2 after allegations arose that Lashley had misappropriated materials from the road department.

    Voegele asked Oldham County Police to investigate and the matter is still ongoing, Voegele said.

  • Public gives input on La Grange parkway project

    La Grange residents got a renewed look at the proposed La Grange Parkway at a public information meeting held Monday night.

    The parkway, formerly called Ring Road, will connect the currently under construction overpass over Interstate 71 with Highway 53 south of La Grange and the Eagle Creek Golf Course.

    The road is currently designed to be four lanes, with sidewalks on each side. The road eventually will connect all the way to Highway 146, acting as bypass of traffic-clogged areas.

  • Burn ban in effect May 1

    Due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act, beginning May 1 and continuing until September 30 open burning is prohibited in Oldham County.

    All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the KY Division of Air Quality at 1-888 BURN LAW (287-6529) or at www.air.ky.gov and click on Open Burning.

  • La Grange wants to refinance bonds

    Buoyed by revenue from the recently imposed occupational tax, the City of La Grange is considering refinancing the bonds it holds as part of its agreement to develop Oldham Reserve.

    At a special meeting on Monday, the city council heard from Dwight G. Salsbury of Ross, Sinclaire and Associates about a refinancing plan that could significantly lower debt payments, eliminate an $8 million lump sum payment and help the city end debt payments early.

  • Voegele champions no tax increases at Chamber forum

    County Judge-Executive David Voegele is hoping four years of no tax increases and steady financial management will earn him another four years in the county’s top office. Speaking during the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development and Oldham Era’s candidate’s forum Tuesday night, Voegele said the best indicator of a possible second term is to view the record of his first term.

  • Candidates make their primary pitches at forum
  • Bevin spends day in La Grange

    With roughly a month left until primary election day, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin was hitting the La Grange pavement hard last week in search of votes.

    Bevin, a Republican running against current U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination in May, held several events in the city last Friday.

    But he also spent a lot of time shaking hands and talking to voters up and down Main Street in downtown La Grange, mostly in front of Karen’s Book Barn.