• Plans to close landfill proceed

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    With only a few months of space left in the Construction Debris & Demolition landfill, Marion County is moving forward with plans to transport local household waste to Nelson County via an existing transfer station on Fairground Road.
    Magistrates reviewed cost estimates for two options, one in which Marion County would deliver waste to the Nelson County facility, the other in which Nelson County would provide pick-up service.

  • Local circuit court clerk celebrates 25 years of Ky. Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life at AOC college

    Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Kim May joined fellow circuit clerks in celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Trust For Life program as part of the 2017 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 17-20 in Covington. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation. The program was the first of its kind in the United States.

  • City of Lebanon donates to American Legion Post 49
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves Tennessee Gas Pipeline abandonment

    Part of a plan to repurpose hundreds of miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Kinder Morgan, which purchased the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in 2012, had filed an abandonment petition in 2015. The FERC approved that petition on Sept. 29. At least one local official expects the ruling to be appealed.

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  • Structural issues at Hourigan building are a safety concern

    The David R. Hourigan Government Building is more than 10 years old, and it’s starting to show its age. According to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty, there were problems with the building in 2006 before it was even occupied, and those problems have worsened over time. But problems, such as window leaks, pale in comparison to the most alarming and potentially dangerous problem – the columns in the front and back of the building are cracking and are unstable.

  • ‘A pension is a promise’

    The third floor of the David Hourigan Government Building was standing room only Wednesday of last week when State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Brandon Reed spoke at a public forum about the state’s pension crisis and how it could impact local government. The room was full of retired and current county, city and school employees who were wearing stickers that said, “A pension is a promise. Keep the promise.”

  • Water rate fight reaches new depths

    The sticker shock of a 23 percent water rate hike in the City of Lebanon has stirred debate among city and county leaders about whether the increase is necessary and whether it unfairly punishes county customers. As a result, the Marion County Water District filed a letter of protest with the Public Service Commission last week.

  • New rates for Lebanon Water Works Company customers

    On Sept. 11, the Lebanon City Council approved the second reading and final passage of Ordinance No. 2017-06, which amends both the meter charge and the O & M charge (volumetric rate) for water service provided by the Lebanon Water Works Company. The new ordinance sets the new monthly meter charge at $7.35 per meter each month and the new volume charge at $3.35 per 100 cubic feet of water used.  Lebanon Water Works customers can expect to see the new rates reflected on their next bill, which will be mailed on Sept. 29, and will be due on Oct. 15.

  • Court sending delinquent trash accounts to court, collections

    The Marion County Fiscal Court recently voted to send more than $102,000 worth of delinquent sanitation accounts to a collection agency.
    Shortly after taking office in January, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and his staff began to dig into the county’s long list of delinquent garbage accounts. At that time, on paper, there was approximately $386,000 in delinquent garbage bills. But, that number was exaggerated because some people on the list, which included approximately 800 names, were deceased and some of them had moved and never notified the county.