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Business

  • Hebron Estates commissioners all sworn in, ready to start new year

     HEBRON ESTATES - The year’s end meant completing old business and preparing commissioners for new business in Hebron Estates.

    Returning commissioners Bob Denner, Russell Forshee, Kathy Merrifield and James Tucker were all sworn in, following the November election, at the city’s December meeting.

    Among the business completed was a unanimous vote allowing mayor Jerry Clark to sign a four-year contract extension with the city’s new trash collection servers, Waste Management.

  • Bullitt jobless rate improving

     Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between November 2015 and November 2016, and stayed the same in Carlisle County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    In addition, for the first time since December 2007, only one county, Magoffin (12.2 percent), had a double-digit unemployment rate in November 2016.    

    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent. 

  • Lebanon Junction officials no longer at loss to determine water shortage

     LEBANON JUNCTION -- At times, there was more water purchased than was sold.

    But, thanks to a new meter, the losses which ranged from 10-15 percent per month may be a thing of the past. 

    Public works director Chaz Sullivan said that a new meter was installed at the truck stop and that seemed to completely solve the shortage issue.

    The water loss dropped to 1 percent, well under the goal of 10 percent.

    He said it took time to find the meter, which was leaking water.

    In other business:

  • Court approves pay hike for electrical inspector position

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Uncertainty over electrical inspections and the availability of inspectors may have been solved by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

    Debating over the past few months over pay to the replacement for retired electrical inspector Lawrence Froman came to a close last Tuesday.

    Without any public discussion and following a short closed door executive session, Bullitt Fiscal Court voted to promote Ronnie Blankenship to the lead electrical inspector at the rate of $52,500 per year.

  • Jamie’s Cakes and Pastries offers sweet treats in Shepherdsville

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Downtown Shepherdsville is in for a real treat with the addition of Jamie’s Cakes and Pastries.

    The new business opened in October at 341 S.Buckman Street, in the former Country Cupboard location.

    Co-owners Jamie Buskirk and her niece, Cortney Burden, run the family-owned establishment, with assistance from family employees including Buskirk’s mother and family matriarch Barbara Norris.

    Buskirk grew up in the Shepherdsville area and wanted to create a place where locals could relax and enjoy themselves.

  • Plan may eliminate 1 district judgeship in 2020

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — There is a possibility that in 2022, Bullitt County could lose one of its two district judgeships.

    In the first redistricting plan for judicial districts in decades, Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. presented members of the General Assembly something to consider when they meet in January.

    The change would occur in 2022 as that will be the next time all circuit court, family court and district court judges will be on the ballot.

  • Attorney attempts to have former SE Fire chair reinstated to seat after fiscal court’s dismissal

     CLERMONT - An attorney is asking that the county’s removal of a fire board chairman be overturned immediately.

    Maurice Byrne recently filed a motion seeking a summary judgment and the return of Thomas Kelly to the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection Board.

    He was removed by Bullitt Fiscal Court on Sept. 20, 2016.

    However, Byrne said that dismissal was improper.

  • Hunters Hollow gets ditch fixed; still worried about sewer issue

     HUNTERS HOLLOW - Since the sewage plant explosion of 2014, the Hunters Hollow City Commission deals with bad news on a monthly basis.

    However, mayor Linda Parker changed up the city’s November business meeting with a bit of good news.

    “The ditch is fixed,” she announced.

    Parker referred to the ditchline work completed by RLH Rentals, which cleared and upgraded the city stream area, including mowing and filling in eroded holes.

  • Roberts to offer land for new VA hospital

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With the dispute in Jefferson County over the location of the new Veterans Administration Hospital, another option will be offered on Tuesday.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts announced Friday that during the next fiscal court meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 20, she would offer to donate a tract of land currently owned by the county.

    The property, which would be approximately 42 acres in size, is located at the Highway 245 interchange off Interstate 65.

  • Surcharge back on PSC’s table

     HILLVIEW  -- Last Christmas, customers of the ill-fated Hunters Hollow sewer district were gifted with news that a proposed surcharge would not be imposed.

    However, sometime after this Christmas, the gift may be taken back.

    With authority granted by a U.S. District bankruptcy judge, creditors of Bullitt Utilities can ask the state Public Service Commission permission to impose a monthly surcharge.