• County and city participate in state traffic safety program

    County and city workers and officials met at the Campbellsville Community Center Wednesday to talk about how to reduce the number of vehicle accidents.

    Joining them was Jeff M. Hackbart, who works with the Safety Circuit Rider Program, administered by the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Transportation Center.

    He used crash data and local examples to talk about how local agencies are effectively preventing accidents and what they can do to better prevent them in the future.

  • City considers same tax rate

    The city will likely not raise property tax rates after all.

    In a brief Tuesday evening special-called meeting, Campbellsville City Council members voted 6-3, in a first reading, to keep the real and personal property tax rates at 19.3 cents per $100 of assessed value – the same rate as the previous fiscal year.

  • Rogers gives state-of-the county address to chamber

    Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers gave his annual state of the county address at Thursday’s Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

    Rogers talked about the county’s 2015/2016 fiscal year budget, which is set at $11,377,958, and how the budget items affect the lives of Taylor Countians.

    He also talked about the proposed Campbellsville Bypass, which he said will increase traffic safety, improve emergency response time and decrease traffic congestion in the area.

    The bypass is part of the Heartland Parkway.

  • No same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in Taylor County

    In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court case that made recognition of same-sex marriage the law across the country, some county clerks in Kentucky have refused to recognize such marriages.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney is tentatively one of them. He’s waiting until “everyone is on the same page,” legally speaking.
    Obergefell v. Hodges, decided Friday, June 26, was a 5 - 4 vote.

    Carney stated that any requests for a rehearing must be filed within 25 days of the original ruling; the deadline would be Tuesday, July 21.

  • Minor change made to rescue agreement

    State officials have found a minor hiccup in the wording of the new interlocal agreement between the city and county. But after a vote last week, the issue has been resolved.
    At last Tuesday’s regular Fiscal Court meeting, County Attorney John Bertram told magistrates that the Department of Local Government found a common mistake in that a termination clause was left out of the agreement.

  • Council approves water line project

    Campbellsville water customers will soon notice improved water quality and pressure.

    During its regular meeting Tuesday, Campbellsville City Council members approved a resolution that would begin a $1.8 million water line improvement project.

    David Bowles of Monarch Engineering told Council members that the city was among 25 out of 203 applicants approved by the state for water projects.

    The approval offers the city a $656,000 grant and a 20-year $1.2 million loan at 1 percent interest.

  • County says it’s not in the mowing business

    The county isn't in the mowing business, and it's not about to start.

    Mowing of nuisance property was a topic of much debate at Tuesday's regular Taylor Fiscal Court meeting, just as it has at earlier meetings this year. But once again, magistrates ultimately took no action.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that he has a list of 14 properties outside the city limits that have been declared nuisances. Rogers said he gets calls nearly every day reporting nuisances.

  • City budgets for insurance increase

    The city's crystal ball seems to be in perfect working order. Despite a 24.5 percent increase in health insurance rates last year, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young and City Clerk Cary Noe budgeted for a 10 percent increase this year thanks to some predictions from health care insiders.

    As it happens, 10 percent was a little on the high side. During a special meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council members approved new health insurance rates for city employees.

  • New water tower plans on hold

    Plans to build a new water tower are temporarily on hold.

    During Campbellsville City Council's regular meeting Monday, Mayor Tony Young told Council members that the city will not receive the $1 million state Community Development Block Grant it had applied for. And the reason why left Young and a few council members upset.

    "[Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder] told me we're not going to get it. He said our water rates were too low," Young said.

  • County honored for cleanup efforts

    Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, and PRIDE recently announced that Taylor County and Campbellsville met the "Get Five for PRIDE" challenge during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month, the anti-litter campaign in southern and eastern Kentucky in April.

    "Last year, I couldn't believe more than 30,000 people would volunteer to pick up trash across the region, but PRIDE volunteers had another record-breaking year for 2011," Rogers stated. "The old tires and used appliances tossed over the hillsides are finally becoming a thing of the past.