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Government

  • Kentucky ends fiscal 2014 with $90 million shortfall

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentuckians are buying more stuff, but they aren’t paying as much in taxes, and that has left the state with a $90 million revenue shortfall.
    The state budget office released the year-end report on general fund receipts Thursday, showing that the amount of tax revenue collected in fiscal year 2014 fell 1 percent short of the official $9.55 billion estimate when it ended June 30.

  • More than 100 new laws take effect in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More than 100 new laws approved during Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly went into effect Tuesday, July 15, changing how the state deals with everything from acupuncture to voyeurism.

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.

  • Council hears flood report

    After eight months of work, O’Brien and Gere Engineers presented the findings of their study of flooding in downtown Lebanon.

    During the 54-minute presentation, Ken Roseman, Jonathan Steflik and Derek Reid presented the city with a variety of options to address the problem. The potential solutions included everything from removing sediment and debris to upgrading the entire conveyance system at a cost of $3.82 million.

    The city paid the engineering firm $118,797. 

  • City moving to condemn E. Walnut Street property

    The City of Lebanon is one step closer to condemning the vacant property on the corner of E. Walnut Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

    The city filed a petition of condemnation on Dec. 2 against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives. The 20 defendants named in the petition are children of Helen Bright, who was listed as an owner of the property and who died in 1996. They all have Utah addresses, according to the city’s petition.

  • Senator talks about farms, regulations

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McCon-nell stopped by the Marion County Extension Office July 2 to meet with about 40 people, including farmers and local officials.

    He spoke about agriculture, and he spoke about regulatory abuse “which has been on steroids under this administration.”

    David Kessler, the Marion County extension agent for agriculture, introduced McConnell. He reminded everyone that this visit was about issues, and it was not a campaign stop.

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda of tonight's meeting includes several items. Two delegations are listed as well (Amanda Beard and Barney Tharp) at the end of the agenda.

    The agenda is as follows:

    CALL TO ORDER

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE

  • Tourist commission holding special-called meeting July 7

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to hold a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the June 9 meeting

    • Treasurer's report and expenses

    • Executive director's report

    • Executive session

    Tourism Director Carla Wagner explained that the executive session is to discuss the sale or acquisition of property.

  • Storm water report to be presented Monday evening

    Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas has released the following announcement:

    "The completed storm water report will be presented to the Lebanon City Council on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. by O'Brien and Gere Engineers.

    It will cover historical data of areas, the collection of rainfall data for our area during the last several months, how this information was assimilated into various "models" -- showing what happens under different rainfall events.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in regular session on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the July 3 meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Marion County Clerk's request for tax appeals board expense

    - Review employee performance review/evaluation instrument