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  • City officials talk about chance of using food tax for projects

     SHEPHERDSVILLE— With nearly $900,000 in revenue from the restaurant tax each year, Shepherdsville councilmember Lisa Carter is looking for a way to use some of those funds for projects such as beautification.

    And, while the Shepherdsville council is looking at the issue, others are attending meetings hosted by the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission.

    At a recent council meeting, Carter repeated an earlier idea of revising the current setup.

  • Tourism continues to grow in Bullitt County

    SHEPHERDSVILLE— It can be difficult to picture how tourism affects a county.

    It isn’t as difficult to picture $519, as in the same $519 Bullitt County residents saved in local and state taxes in 2015 thanks to tourism.

    According to a recent study Certec, Inc. of Versailles,  for the year 2015, Bullitt County generated just over $89 million in direct tourist spending and $140 million in total tourist spending.

    Tourism supported 1,901 jobs and produced $31 million in worker income, according to the survey.

  • County looks to see if it owes money now

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Last March, the “best deal on the table” was for Bullitt Fiscal Court members to pay a deficit of over $638,000 owed by Sheriff David Greenwell.

    The deficit occurred over the first four-year term of Greenwell and it was money owed to the state of Kentucky.

    However, with Greenwell’s retirement at the end of February, Bullitt Fiscal Court members wonder if there might be an even better “deal” that would relieve them of the remaining financial obligations.

  • New animal control committee to hold first meeting on April 12

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With issues continuing at the Bullitt County Animal Shelter, a committee has been formed.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said that she felt there was a need to form a group of individuals who are interested in making changes at the shelter.

    In her desire to form the committee, Roberts recommended magistrates Dennis Mitchell and Gary Lawson; deputy county judge Lisa Craddock; assistant animal control director Angie Greenup; county treasurer Kenann Sharp; along with citizens Terri Bohannon and David Waters.

  • Would you pay $50 to rent city hall?

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It was a special meeting in which three topics were on the agenda and decisions were made on none of the trio of issues.

    The Shepherdsville City Council met to talk about its pay and job classification ordinance, as well as the hiring of Arthur Jones as its engineer and more discussion on usage of city-owned properties.

    At the end of the two-hour meeting, nothing was voted upon.

    The future of renting the community center off Frank E. Simon Avenue evolved into the need to set rental pricing for the city government center.

  • Williams wins 3-2 battle to return to role as animal control director

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The new animal control director in Bullitt County is a familiar face.

    By a 3-2 vote, Bullitt Fiscal Court opted to return Mark Williams into the director’s position.

    This came after a closed door session with Williams and his attorney, Mike Lawrence.

    Williams had been terminated by Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts on March 22.

    With Kentucky being an at-will state, Roberts gave no reason for Williams’ termination.

  • MW seeks loan to assist incoming factory

    MOUNT WASHINGTON— You do what you have to do to get free money.

    For the city of Mount Washington, that means forming a local industrial development authority to save the city $1 million.

    Mayor Barry Armstrong worked with grant writer Bryan Kirby and city engineer Dave Derrick to meet the requirements of a $1 million community development block grant.

    Armstrong credited Kirby as a major player for finding financing for the Armstrong Lane water tower.

  • Commission recommends rezoning in MW

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - A long-time business needing an upgraded zoning change led to a lengthy discussion with the Bullitt County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Business owner Virginia McAllister made a rezoning request from R-1 Residential to B-1 Highway Business. McAllister’s is located just north of North Bardstown Road in Mount Washington.

  • Fiscal Court overturns ACO termination

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The new animal control director in Bullitt County is a familiar face.

  • $20 million expansion to add 35 jobs

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Combined with its operations in Bullitt and Nelson counties, a local supplier for the automotive industry will spend almost $50 million to expand their current facilities.

    Tower Automotive Operations USA received preliminary approval for tax incentives through the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

    The announcement came four days after the city of Shepherdsville approved incentives for the company.