In brief

-A A +A
By The Staff

No trash pick up Monday

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has announced a change in the garbage pick-up schedule because of Memorial Day.

There will be no garbage pick up Monday, May 31. The Monday route will be picked up Tuesday along with the normal Tuesday route. People who put out their trash Sunday night are asked to wait until Monday evening so garbage does not get scattered before it is picked up.

The county is also reminding residents that several people are using oversized garbage cans, such as 55-gallon drums. Trash in these oversized containers must be in bags so employees can easily remove the bags without tipping the cans. Tipping the cans, which may be too heavy, could lead to injuries for the sanitation workers.

The county ordinance reads that containers should be between 10 and 35 gallons and they should have handles, bails or other lifting devices or features. The container and its contents should not exceed 75 pounds.

Gravesite decorations to be placed Saturday

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a gravesite flag decoration event at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 29 at the Lebanon National Cemetery. The public is welcome to participate in the decorating as a way to honor the country's war dead.

Lisa Mattingly, cemetery representative, will conduct a short ceremony at the cemetery's administrative building Saturday morning.The decorations are being placed in preparation for the Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the cemetery.

For more information, call the cemetery office at (270) 692-3390.

Attorney General urges Topix.com improvements

Attorney General Jack Conway and 22 other state attorneys general are urging Topix.com to improve customer protections. Topix.com is an Internet message board host.

The attorneys general sent a letter to Chris Tolles, Topix CEO, requesting changes to Topix.com policies. Specifically, the attorneys general have asked the message board host to eliminate its $19.99 fee for expedited reviews of abusive posts, additional feedback for customers regarding flagged posts, reducing the 7-14 days it takes to review abuse posts to 72 hours or 24 hours in emergency situations, and improving the procedures for screening abusive posts.

Special session underway

Last week, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a call for a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The special session started Monday, May 24.

At the end of the legislature's regular session, it had not approved a budget. In his call for a special session, the governor included the executive branch budget and the Transportation Cabinet budget.

Other items included in the call were legislation regarding the state's unemployment insurance system and expanding alcohol sampling licenses to support tourism.

Open records appeal not made in 'good faith'

The Kentucky Attorney General's office decided that an inmate at Marion Adjustment Center did not act in "good faith" when he filed an open records appeal.

The Attorney General's office concluded that MAC did not violate the Open Records Act in this instance.

According to the opinion, inmate Willie James Stewart made a request April 2 to inspect two "cash pay orders" that had been signed by him. Stewart claimed he was denied the right to inspect those orders.

According to records provided by MAC, the prison received the request April 5 and sent a letter April 12 arranging a date and time for Stewart to inspect those records. Stewart refused to accept or sign for his mail.

"We therefore are unable to conclude that this appeal is brought in good faith or that the Marion Adjustment Center violated the Open Records Act," the opinion reads.

Emergency grants available for flood-damaged counties

Marion County is among the 84 counties eligible to apply for $1.6 million in emergency grants to help clean up solid waste created by the May 2 flooding.

Counties can choose a $10,000 or $20,000 grant, depending on their assessment of the cost to clean up the solid waste that resulted from the flooding. Qualifying counties must provide a 25 percent match.

The funds for the grants come from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which receives $1.75 for each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky municipal solid waste disposal facilities.