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Government

  • Road department ready for one more round of snow

     As of Monday, the Marion County road department had enough salt and other materials available to handle one more round of snow.

    Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee said it takes about 80 tons to treat the roads when it snows. Last week, Lee purchased a round of sand and calcium chloride mix from IMI, which his department mixed with salt to treat the roads during the weekend’s snow. 

    “I’ve got about one more round left,” Lee said Monday.

  • New electric franchise agreement nearing for city, KU

     It’s been 20 years since the City of Lebanon approved a franchise agreement with Kentucky Utilities. If the city council approves a recommendation from Mayor Gary Crenshaw, KU customers could start paying a higher franchise fee, but the effect on monthly bills would be slight.

    The city’s current agreement was signed May 9, 1994, with Kentucky Utilities. 

  • Fiscal court approves E911 equipment purchase

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved purchasing equipment needed to implement Enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said equipment will cost around $70,000, and it includes hardware, software and monitors for two dispatchers.

    The county previously received a $120,000 CMRS grant to help cover the cost of the equipment.

    “We’re in good shape as far as the equipment cost,” Mattingly said Monday in a phone interview.

  • Slim majority supports allowing medical marijuana in Kentucky

     By Janet Patton

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A slim majority of Kentucky voters is ready to legalize medical marijuana, according to a Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll.

    The survey asked 1,082 registered voters whether they favored or opposed allowing the use of medical marijuana in Kentucky; 52 percent were in favor, 37 percent were opposed and 12 percent were not sure.

  • House Speaker Stumbo says tough road ahead for governor’s tax plan

     By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo called the prospects of passing the governor’s tax reform package unveiled Feb. 4 — a proposal that could raise nearly $210 million in new revenue — “daunting.”

  • City council meets Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Delegations

    - Approval of minutes

    - Payment of bills

    - Department reports

    - Old business

    - New business:

    • A resolution to apply for assistance from the state revolving loan program under the federal drinking water revolving fund

    • An ordinance creating a franchise for the erection, laying and maintenance of electric facilities

  • City council holding work session Friday on KU franchise agreement

    The Lebanon City Council will be holding a work session at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at city hall.

    During the session, the council will discuss its upcoming franchise renewal agreement with Kentucky Utilities.

  • Here is the final list of candidates for the May 20 primary election:

    Federal and state offices
    • U.S. Senate – Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, James Bradley Copas of Lexington, Mitch McConnell (I) of Louisville, Chris Payne of Salvisa, and Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg; Democrats: Burrel Charles Farnsley of Louisville, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington, Gregory Brent Leichty of Louisville and Tom Recktenwald of Louisville
    Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro who had filed to run as a Republican has withdrawn his candidacy.

  • Bills aim to shine light on public pensions

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Kentucky taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year providing pensions for government employees, including state lawmakers, without knowing who gets what.
    State law shields information about individual pensions from public scrutiny. Although salary data is publicly available for local and state government workers and elected officials, once they retire, their pensions are exempt from the Kentucky Open Records Act.

  • No road tests for new drivers today in Marion County

    The Marion County Circuit Clerk's office has announced there will be no
    road test for drivers' licenses today in Marion County.

    Call 270-692-2681 to set up another appointment.