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Government

  • Flood plain concerns center on inaccuracy

    By Staff Writers Calen McKinney and James Roberts

    There seem to be more questions than answers regarding new flood damage prevention measures required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    During its regular meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council opted to table the second reading of a flood damage prevention ordinance.

    On Tuesday night, magistrates discussed the proposed flood plain ordinance in depth but ultimately decided to create their own.

     

  • Magistrates begin preparation of 2011-2012 county budget

    Magistrates have begun work on the County's 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

    They focused on the road department and jail budgets Monday night by examining each of the funds' proposed line item allocations during a meeting of the County's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee.

    To begin the meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the County faces several budget uncertainties.

    "We've got a lot of work ahead of us right here," he said.

  • City asks County to renew agreement

    By Staff Writers Calen McKinney and James Roberts

    The County is holding off on its agreement to pay $650,000 to the City for annual operation of countywide emergency and dispatch services.

  • City, County discuss business expansion

    Local economic development incentives have led to one expansion, and another announcement is waiting in the wings.

    During a special joint meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court and Campbellsville City Council on Monday, magistrates and council members gave Economic Development Authority Executive Director Ron McMahan the OK to move forward with a project that would bring additional jobs to Taylor County.

  • Bill would give registered independents primary voting rights

    The third time likely won't be the charm for a bill that would allow voters registered as independent to participate in Kentucky's primary elections.

    14th District Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has filed the bill in Frankfort yet again. But he says, although support is growing, it likely won't be considered by the House.

    "I filed it in the House two years ago and nothing happened," Higdon said. "I filed it in the Senate last year and we passed it, but it died in a House committee."

  • Bills would allow early high school graduation, school bus ads

    Students who'd like a jump-start on college could soon be able to graduate and leave high school early.

    A proposed bill creating an early graduation program has passed the Senate and is now at a House of Representatives education committee for its consideration.

    Senate Bill 69, sponsored by Sen. Ken Winters, R-Murray, would require 18 credits in core academic areas for early graduation, including two college-level courses through the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs. The program would begin with the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Treasurer says County budget still in line

    Expenses are up and revenue is down, but the County is making its budget balance nonetheless.

    County Treasurer Melissa Williams says reserve money is being used and two employees have been laid off. As a result, she said she believes the budget is in OK shape.

    The County's budget was the focus of Monday night's meeting of Taylor Fiscal Court's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee. Williams presented magistrates with the current status of the general, road and jail funds.

  • Downtown parking no longer limited

     

    Downtown shoppers no longer need to rush.

    During its regular meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council members approved replacing signs limiting downtown parking to just two hours. The signs will be repainted to read "Customer Parking Only."

    Downtown Business Association President Doug Tucker, who attended the Council meeting, said the signs were erected long before Main Street was ever home to restaurants. Now, limiting customers to two-hour parking doesn't provide enough time to eat and shop downtown.

  • Magistrates tackle home inspections, budget

    Those who build a home in Taylor County could soon have a few more items to cross off on their checklist.

    Magistrates will consider adopting an ordinance next month that requires all new homes in Taylor County be inspected and comply with specific codes.

    Carley Fudge, Taylor County's building inspector, told magistrates during their regular meeting on Tuesday night that the City currently requires inspections.

    The County adopting such an ordinance, Fudge said, would lower homeowner's insurance costs.

  • Lawsuite dismissed against county

     A lawsuit claiming the County failed to pay a bill for construction at the Taylor County Judicial Center has been dismissed because the plaintiff in the case failed to prosecute it.

    London attorney R. Aaron Hostettler filed a complaint July 24, 2009, in the Taylor Circuit Clerk's Office on behalf of SAF Perimeter Systems, a division of Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc., against Taylor Fiscal Court and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers.