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Government

  • 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.

  • Tourist commission to discuss Tibetan monks

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. today, Sept. 9, in Room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center.

  • State sets final day for prisoners at MAC

    Sept. 30 is the last day the state of Kentucky will house prisoners at Marion Adjustment Center, according to Jennifer Brislin, communications director for the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
    The state announced June 26 that it would be ending its contract with MAC, which is the only private prison where the state is housing prisoners.
    State officials said they wanted to have all the prisoners out of MAC within 120 days of the announcement.

  • Redistricting plans approved… again

    Last week, the Kentucky legislature approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.
    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    "I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly," Beshear said in a press statement.
    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Chickens still an issue for city

    In May, the Lebanon City Council reaffirmed its support for a ban against raising chickens in city limits. Last week, they got a reminder that poultry is still a problem.
    At the council’s Aug. 12 meeting, Kim Bell of St. Rose Road said one of her neighbors has had chickens for at least two years, and one rooster specifically has caused frequent problems for her.
    "He stays in my yard," she said.

  • County tax rates remain unchanged

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has set its tax rates, and they are the same as they have been for several years.
    On Aug. 15, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the rates the same as in 2012. (Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers was not present at last week's meeting.)
    The county's real estate tax rate will remain 8.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tangible tax rate and the vehicle property tax rate will both stay at 10.9 cents per $100 valuation.

    Addressing ordinance

  • Redistricting: Round 2

    The Kentucky legislature returned to Frankfort Monday to make another attempt at redefining its districts.
    The issue has lingered over the legislature since 2012, when the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the plans approved during that year’s General Assembly were unconstitutional.
    Leading up to the special session that started Monday, legislative leaders from both parties presented redistricting proposals.

  • Fiscal court meets Aug. 15

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Building.

    The agenda for Thursday's meeting includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Humana presentation on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on insurance plans

    - Resolution/agreement on use of state flex funds for county roads

    - Economic development roadways projects (Village Way, Maker's Mark Road)

  • E911 committee gets update on progress

    Marion County is working toward acquiring enhanced 911 services at a time that will allow the county to take advantage of cost-saving technology.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly discussed the county’s progress during the Lebanon/Marion County E911 Advisory Committee meeting on Aug. 7. The meeting included state and local officials and representatives from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District and Mapsync.