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  • James hopes public will give him chance as new mayor

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The desire to be mayor of the city of Shepherdsville did not pop up Tuesday afternoon after he learned of the resignation of Scott Ellis.

     Brian James has run for the office and has been lobbying for the position since it became apparent that Ellis would not fulfill his four-year term.

     At 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, James was sworn into office as mayor of Shepherdsville by city attorney Joseph Wantland.

  • BBB Warns: It’s Valentine’s Day! Is your new love a con artist?

     It’s February and love is in the air! But if your new boo is someone you met online, he or she could be a scammer… especially if you haven’t yet met in person. BBB is warning those who are “looking for love” to be wary year-round, but especially around Valentine’s Day, when it may be tempting to let your guard down!

  • Hillview caucus will become regular meeting for council

     HILLVIEW -- Now that Rand Paul has suspended his presidential run, the idea of having a caucus in Kentucky may have lost some of its luster.

    And, after two months of caucus meetings in the city of Hillview with little public participation, things will change.

    Hillview officials had an unusual meeting on Feb. 1.

    First, the caucus was held at 6:30 p.m.

    There was a little public discussion and then an executive session.

    At 7 p.m., a public hearing was held for a rezoning request.

  • Hillview plan to settle debt rejected

     HILLVIEW -- After seeking bankruptcy protection, as it faced an $11 million judgment, the Hillview City Council hoped it had a solution that would be accepted by its creditor.

    While the plan had to be sent to Truck America for acceptance, the Hillview City Council took  the first steps to offer a payment proposal that might settle an issue which has stretched well over 10 years.

    However, the settlement offer has been received and rejected, according to attorney Brian Meldrum, who represents Truck America.

  • Surcharge may not be over quite yet for sewer customers

     HUNTERS HOLLOW -- Could the dismissed surcharge on customers in the old Bullitt Utilities service area have a new life?

    A new hearing has been granted by the state Public Service Commission at the request of a bankruptcy trustee who is handling the case of Bullitt Utilities.

    The company abandoned the 700-plus customers last year after suffering a total collapse of its treatment plant off East Blue Lick Road in March 2014.

    Using a pair of temporary waste treatment systems, Bullitt Utilities ran up bills of over $3 million.

  • Fox Chase gets early start on setting next tax rate

     FOX CHASE - Unlike other Bullitt County municipalities, the Fox Chase CIty Council discusses tax rates as soon as the calendar turns.

     City attorney Mark Edison presented first readings of ordinances pertaining to real property, personal property and public utilities tax rates at the council’s January business meeting.

     Last year’s tax rate was set at 13.88 cents per $100 of property. According to Edison, a compensating rate to collect a similar amount would be 14 cents. However, the maximum rate allowed by statute would 13.94 cents.

  • BBB Hot Topics: February 2016

     See the latest scams in BBB’s February 2016 Hot Topics

    1.    BBB has received several calls about fake government grants. Scammers tell local consumers they are eligible for a federal grant, because they pay their bills on time. All they have to do is pay an upfront fee. This is a scam.

  • Committee to dive into future of new county aquatic center

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When a new version of the Bullitt County Parks Board was formed in July 2010, it had a mission and some vision.

    Part of the board’s mission statement was to pursue partnerships to maximize funding to support county objectives, such as an indoor aquatic facility.

    The members of that board are gone and another group has been given the reins of the county’s parks and recreation recommendations.

    Apparently, Bullitt Fiscal Court is looking at pursuing one of those mission goals from 2010.

  • Residents want more notice by zoning officials to provide time to oppose, support request

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When it is a controversial rezoning request, Roy Willis said those opposed do not have time to build a case under the current time restraints.

    He would like to see residents have more time between the time the application is filed and when the case is set for a public hearing.

    Willis, who most recently dealt with a rezoning issue off Chapeze Lane, might get his wish.

    Members of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will take the comments of Willis and fellow resident William Kidd into consideration.

  • Governor says interchange IN budget

     FRANKFORT -- State Rep. Linda Belcher was confident.

    Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis was hopeful.

    And Shepherdsville councilman Bernie Brown was still a bit skeptical.

    But after Gov. Matt Bevin delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly, a collective sigh of relief may have been heard from all.

    Bevin not only placed the proposed interchange just south of Highway 480 on Interstate 65, he mentioned the proposal as an example of an economic development project that needs to be done.