Lexington City Council

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has offered his eighth ‘State of the City’ address to city, civic, and business leaders Tuesday.  The two term mayor spent much time recapping his seven years in office.

Gray talked about going from financial straits to budget surpluses, expanding the convention center and building an eye-catching park in the heart of downtown. 

 

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Former Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton is entering the race for urban county government’s top job. 

Gorton, who spent 16 years on the city council, made her entry into the mayor’s race Tuesday morning before a group of supporters downtown. “I will roll up my sleeves, work tirelessly toward consensus and unity, be respectful of all opinions, and see issues through to common sense solutions,” offered Gorton.

Gorton says part of that work will be finding ways for cities to help with state pension reforms.

Lexington Leaders Look for New Tourism Strategies

Dec 11, 2017
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Lexington is developing new ways to draw tourists to the central Kentucky community. The council recently got briefed on a Destination Development Plan.

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About a dozen refugees have seasonal jobs with the Lexington government.  

Workforce Development Manager Elodie Dickinson told council members this week that refugees have helped with leaf collection in the streets and roads department.  She says it’s part of a pilot program designed to build job skills. “To try to help them gain some work experience and gain some work referrals, references.  So, that they can move to a different position maybe with another seasonal position within the city or a permanent position,” said Dickinson.

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A number of recommendations for improving accessibility to buildings in Lexington were brought before council members yesterday.  Much of the emphasis was on pre-construction planning.


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Lexington’s business umbrella organization continues to focus on seven targeted commercial sectors.  Questions about business priorities came up during a recent presentation by Commerce Lexington.

 

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The future of economic development in Lexington will be under review Tuesday at City Hall.

Members of the council’s Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee will hear from Commerce Lexington, the local umbrella organization representing a wide variety of businesses. 


Lexington Council Discusses Bike Lane Development

Nov 20, 2017
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Lexington council members have discussed the timing and location for the development of new bike lanes in Fayette County. 

The matter came before the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee last week.


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Lexington’s council is expected to move Tuesday onto it’s docket the goals and objectives for the 2018 comprehensive plan.  It’s this document that will help coordinate growth over the next five years.


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On the day after Mayor Jim Gray announced a "conditional yes" by the Lexington Cemetery Board to accept two Confederate statues urban county council members offered their reactions. 

All their public remarks yesterday indicated satisfaction for how the matter is being handled.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is asking the board at a local cemetery to consider placement of two Confederate statues on its historic burial grounds. 

A letter dated August 24 making such a request went to the General Manager of Lexington Cemetery Mark Durbin.


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Lexington leaders are considering ways to help ensure fire trucks and ambulances don’t encounter any parked car delays in getting to those in need.  

Council members heard Tuesday about a proposal to limit some neighborhood parking to one side of the street.


Lexington Council Votes to Move Confederate Statues

Aug 18, 2017
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Lexington's council has voted to proceed with plans to move two Confederate statues from a historic downtown site.

Next steps include asking the Kentucky Military History Commission for permission to relocate the statues. 


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The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to back Mayor Jim Gray’s plan to move two Confederate statues from the old historic courthouse grounds. 

Where to move them looms as a large question.


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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will ask the urban county council this week to petition the state to relocate two confederate monuments that stand in the heart of downtown.   

In a Youtube video released Sunday, Mayor Gray said his family has ties to America’s Civil War.

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A former Lexington council member pleaded guilty Friday to two felonies and three misdemeanors for cashing bogus payroll checks. 

According the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sasha Love Higgins entered the guilty pleas in Fayette Circuit Court.  She could face up to two years in prison.


Lexington Opens Fourth Skate Park

Jul 19, 2017
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Another public skate park is now open in Lexington.  

The official ribbon-cutting for the five-obstacle ramp skate park at Valley Park took place Tuesday.


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The fiscal year for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government ends Friday with revenues down in three areas. 

Members of the council’s budget committee were briefed on end-of-year financials earlier this week.  

Lexington has been taking in less than expected amounts in payroll withholdings, business net profits, and franchise fees. 


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A program aimed at making energy-saving improvements easier to finance is getting attention at Lexington City Hall. 

A council committee Tuesday began the process of setting up an Energy Project Assessment District.  

Attorney Jonathon Miller made a presentation to the council’s budget committee. 


Lexington Long Term Planning Moves Forward

Jun 26, 2017
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Lexington leaders are preparing for the stretch drive in setting objectives as they plan for future development.

At least one council member wants more attention given to infill and redevelopment.


Lexington Council Expected to Pass New Budget

Jun 22, 2017
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Lexington’s council is expected to take final action Thursday night on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  

Council made relatively few changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended spending plan.


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New rainbow-striped crosswalks at a downtown Lexington intersection became a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s council work session.

The four permanent crosswalks, at the intersection of Limestone and Short Streets, were marked this week in advance of the city’s weekend Pride Festival.  


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Agriculture in Fayette County accounts for $2.3 billion in annual economic activity. 

That’s according to a report given Tuesday to Lexington’s council.


Lexington Council Hears Affordable Housing Update

Jun 7, 2017
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Over the past three years, Lexington’s affordable housing program has preserved and created well over 700 units for low income eligible people. 

Council members got an update at Tuesday’s work session.


Lexington Leaders Consider Veterans Commission

Jun 7, 2017
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Lexington council members are considering establishing a local commission for veterans’ services. 

Members of the General Government and Social Services Committee heard from state veterans affairs officials Tuesday.


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The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council has given final approval to an ordinance aimed at reducing panhandling on street corners. 

The Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Ordinance approved Thursday night designates more than 70 streets where people are prohibited from walking onto the pavement to retrieve cash from drivers. 

It also bans panhandling on higbway medians.  


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Lexington council members today are expected to review consultant suggestions for a new City Hall just a block away from the current urban county government center.  


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Lexington's full council will consider an ordinance intended to keep panhandlers out of busy streets and improve pedestrian safety. 

It would also expand restrictions on jaywalking.

Last year ten pedestrians were killed in Lexington, tying the most deadly year which was 2008.  The proposed law seeks to lower that number by extending limits on jaywalking to all streets and keeping people from standing on medians dividing major roads. 

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Mayor Jim Gray’s One Lexington proposal is undergoing review by council members as they break down the budget he presented last month. 

The mayor says the new initiative would focus on better coordination among public and private partners to address crime and social issues. 

Council members last week quizzed the administration about the proposed hiring of a coordinator for the effort. 

Lexington Council Member Indicted on Theft Charges

Apr 26, 2017
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Lexington council member Sasha Love Higgins has been indicted on multiple theft and other felony charges stemming from her former position at a local motel.

The 34 year old was indicted Tuesday on charges of identity theft, forgery, and three counts of theft by deception, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Higgins’ attorney Fred Peters says she will plead not guilty.  Peters also says the first term councilwoman will likely step down from the council.  He says the likely resignation is not an admission of guilt. 

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