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Government

  • Fiscal court meets Sept. 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 19, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual and financial reports from the Marion County Soil Conservation District

    - Presentation on shop building boiler replacement

    - Jail inspection report

    - Road naming for mapping and E911 compliance purposes

    - Newspapers in Education request for 2013-14 school year

  • Your address might be changing

    Marion County has moved one step closer to implementing enhanced 911.
    On Sept. 5, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-0 to approve the second reading of an ordinance establishing addressing standards for the county.
    (Magistrates Steve Masterson and John Arthur Elder III were not present at that meeting.)
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said county officials have started creating a list of street names that will need to be changed and streets that may have to be renumbered.

  • Eminent domain bill prefiled for 2014 session

    Eminent domain has been a hot topic related to the Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia through Kentucky and on to the Gulf Coast.
    Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, the companies working on the project, have said they believe they have the right to invoke eminent domain, although they would prefer to work out agreements with landowners along the proposed route.

  • City tax rate will increase by 3.7 percent

    Lebanon residents will see a 3.7 increase in their tax rate for 2013.
    The Lebanon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the second reading of the ordinance setting the tax rate during a special-called meeting Sept. 11. Councilman Jay Grundy and John R. Mattingly were not present for that meeting.
    The new tax rate for real and personal property will be 19.8 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the 2012 rate of 19.1 cents per $100 valuation.

    Lebanon Aquatic Center

  • Kentucky hemp panel asks Ag Department to draft licensing rules

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted Thursday to ask the state Department of Agriculture to begin drafting regulations to license farmers, with an eye to planting hemp in April.
    "Things are moving forward at a rapid pace," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said afterward. "I think this is an exciting first step. History will decide whether this was a defining moment in Kentucky agriculture or not."

  • Garbage stink is finally aired out

    Collecting garbage is a dirty job, and since 1994, it’s caused a real stink between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the owner of Brookhaven Trailer Park.
    The county and Brookhaven Manor, Inc., have been in a legal battle since 1995, which finally came to a resolution recently.
    The legal battle began in July of 1994, when Paul Howard Jr., Brookhaven trailer park operator, stopped paying garbage collection bills after his payments were modified when Marion County Judge/Executive Dave Hourigan took office.

  • Flooding concerns shared with council

    Downtown business and property owners filled Lebanon City Hall Monday evening to air their concerns about flood water.
    Charles Mills of Chasers was the first person to address the council about recent downtown flooding.
    "I'm not here to raise hell. I ain't here to complain,” Mills said. He added they were there to help the city solve the problem.
    He recounted how the basement of his restaurant flooded as a result of heavy rainfall and how splashing water from passing cars created additional problems.

  • Ed Whitfield talks diabetes, the economy and energy at chamber luncheon

    U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield spoke on a variety of topics at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, including the fight against diabetes, the economy and the energy sector.
    Representatives from the American Diabetes Association were on hand to present Whitfield with an award for his work to help in the fight against diabetes. While Whitfield said no one in his family has ever had diabetes, it’s a cause that is near and dear to his heart after meeting a group of children in Paducah, ages 10 to 14, who all had the disease.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline officials, opponents address legislators

    By Ryan Quinn
    The State Journal

    A legislative committee meeting drew about 150 people Thursday for a discussion on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, which could make its way through Kentucky.
    Controversy has arisen over the safety and environmental risks of the project and the question of whether the pipeline companies have eminent domain to secure easements from landowners. All these issues came up Thursday, with lawmakers expressing both support and concern.

  • Lebanon City Council to discuss taxes, flooding

    Tax rates and flooding are on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Lebanon City Council. The council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at city hall.

    The agenda includes a public hearing on the 2013 proposed tax rates. The city's current property tax rate is 19.1 cents per $100 valuation. The proposal is to increase the property tax rate to 19.8 cents per $100.

    The council is also scheduled to hold the first reading on the ordinance setting the tax rate during tonight's meeting.