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Government

  • La Grange mayor presents city budget with ‘adequate revenue’

    For the first time in eight years, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein said the city has been presented a budget that does not put the city in further into debt.

    Lammlein presented the budget at the monthly meeting of the La Grange City Council Monday night. It is now up to the council to tweak, amend or pass the budget as presented before the new fiscal year starts July 1.

    The balanced budget is thanks largely to two new revenue streams, Lammlein said, the recently passed occupational tax and revenue from the tax on licenses allowing the sale of alcohol.

  • County candidates to speak at Chamber forum

    Candidates for county positions ranging from property value administrator to county judge will take part in a candidate forum as the 2014 primary inches closer.

    The forum, hosted by the Oldham Chamber and The Oldham Era, will feature candidates vying for county attorney, sheriff, PVA, coroner, magistrate and county judge-executive.

    Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the chamber, said the candidate forum is important for an informed voter base.

  • After long winter, county solicits bids to restore road salt levels

     

    At the end of a long winter full of snow and ice, the Oldham County Fiscal Court would like someone to pass the road salt.

    The court has advertised to buy 4,500 tons of road salt, after this past winter depleted its resources, Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

    “We’re pretty well all used up,” he said.

    According to county Road Superintendent Lance Lashley, road crews have plowed or salted 16 times this winter and used more than 3,000 tons of salt to clear county roads.

  • Second Pewee Valley Fire station still on target

    The second fire station for the Pewee Valley Fire District is on schedule to be completed by late July or early August.

    The board of trustees recently began the process to borrow from $1.2 to $1.6 million, the board said. Approval for the loan is contingent on the board getting a new environmental study for station two to complete the bank’s requirements for construction loan recipients.

  • Utilities Commission rejects partnership with OC Water

    The La Grange Utilities Commission has decided to search for a new director, rather than join in a management partnership with the Oldham County Water District.

    At its regular monthly meeting Monday, all four commissioners voiced their desire not to join in a management partnership, after hearing a presentation from the OC Water District in a special meeting a few weeks earlier. A fifth sat out of the decision making process for personal reasons.

  • Speed limit temporarily reduced on southbound I-71 due to new overpass

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists of a speed limit reduction on southbound Interstate 71 in Oldham County. Beginning Tuesday evening, March 11, the speed limit on southbound I-71 will be reduced to 60 MPH between mile points 22 and 20. This area encompasses the work zone for a new bridge over Interstate 71 connecting New Moody Lane (KY 2857) and Commerce Parkway. The new bridge will be located approximately one mile southwest of the KY 53 interchange at LaGrange (Exit 22).

  • La Grange approves changes to business licensing law

    After a narrow vote, the La Grange City Council has approved an ordinance that modifies the city’s current business licensing tax.

  • Commission approves proposed Crestwood Walmart

    After a five and a half hour meeting Tuesday, a proposed Walmart in Crestwood has received the necessary approvals from the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    The 13-member commission approved a recommendation for a change in zoning for the Walmart, which will be located at 6701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, also known as KY-392 Bypass, on a 10-3 vote.

    The zoning change now heads to the City of Crestwood for final approval.

  • La Grange Utilities mulling deal with OC Water District

    A search for a new director for the La Grange Utilities Commission has broadened to the consideration of a management takeover by another utility company.

    At a special meeting of the LUC last week, the commission’s members heard several scenarios for the future of the utilities from the commission’s chairman, Roy Horton.

    Those include hiring a new director, going into a partial management partnership with an outside agency, a full management partnership and/or a full merger with another utility company.

  • Upcoming ordinance causes concern with local attorneys

    A proposed ordinance in front of the La Grange City Council is sparking a debate over the city’s business license fees.

    The section in question lies with language regarding attorneys and how the license applies to them.

    Critics of the proposed law, including Councilman Jason Taylor, say the changes are a precondition to practicing law by placing a fee on attorneys that do not have offices in the city and that there are multiple legal issues associated with the proposed language.