Lexington City Council

Lexington Council Expected to Pass New Budget

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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. 

Lexington city leaders are beginning to evaluate the use of electronic billboards along certain roadways in the central Kentucky community.  The idea prompted a number of questions during Tuesday’s council committee meeting.

Lexington City Leaders Discuss Panhandling

Apr 19, 2017
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Panhandling in Lexington received a thorough discussion Tuesday at City Hall.  Mayor Jim Gray says he’s held three meetings on the issue over the last week and a half.

The mayor says he gathered a task force of sorts and recommendations will be coming to council.  One member, Fred Brown says his wife was harassed in a parking lot. “They’re not only holding signs up now. They’re approaching the vehicles and knocking on the windows,” said Brown.

Lexington Crews Assisting with Street Tree Pruning

Nov 21, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington officials are ramping up efforts to tackle issues with street trees.  Additional city staff are helping to whittle down a backlog of concerns.

Low-hanging street tree limbs can hinder travel or block motorists’ views, hinder mail delivery, and inconvenience pedestrians. 

Homeowners are required to keep the trees properly pruned, but city crews are also following up and addressing ongoing problems with limbs. 

Environmental Services Director Susan Plueger says another issue is sidewalk upheaval from tree roots. 

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After just two months of operation, Lexington’s newest senior center is serving a growing number of baby boomers. 

Aging and Disability Services director Kristy Stambaugh told the Urban County Council Tuesday that folks 60 to 69 years old made up about 28 percent of total visitors a year ago.  Now, she said, 38 percent are within that baby boomer age range.

Stambaugh said the center’s 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday schedule will likely expand next spring to include a few evenings a week.

Lexington Considering Private Road Signage

Nov 16, 2016
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Lexington city officials took the first step to identifying private streets Tuesday, a change that requires developers to post signs indicating the end of public maintenance.

Planning Director Jim Duncan told a council committee that making sure private streets are built to the same standards as public streets is an ongoing emphasis. 

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Lexington city leaders are exploring establishing a youth mentoring program within local government.  It would allow employees paid time to meet with those they are advising.

Lexington Pilot Project Focuses on Park Cameras

Nov 2, 2016
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Members of a Lexington Council committee are suggesting a pilot camera program for a neighborhood park.

General Government and Social Services Committee members voted 8 to 1 to spend $30,000 for four high resolution cameras to be located in Berry Hill Park on Lexington's South Side.  They are being proposed as a tool to help ensure a safer park environment. 

Lexington Council to Review Curfew

Oct 31, 2016
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Lexington council members will study the city’s 21-year-old curfew law in the months ahead.

Council member Fred Brown has called for an update to the ordinance that requires anyone under 18 to be in by 1:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11:00 p.m. the rest of the week.  There are a number of exceptions. 

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Before the first snowflake has fallen, Lexington City Council members are considering modifications to a new sidewalk shoveling ordinance. 

A final vote on the toughened snow removal law for sidewalks is scheduled Thursday.  The ordinance would require private property owners, including neighborhood residents, to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of a 4-inch or greater snowfall or face penalities. 

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A motion to remove Lexington’s minimum wage ordinance from the books failed in a Tuesday council meeting.  It took two votes before the matter was addressed at the work session.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last week that Lexington and Louisville’s minimum wage increases were invalid. A motion seeking to repeal the minimum wage statute ultimately failed on a 5-9 vote. 

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A six-to-one Kentucky Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down minimum wage increases in the state’s two largest cities.  

  

  

Lexington’s minimum wage increased 95 cents in July to eight $8.20 an hour.  The rate was scheduled to go up two more times over the next two years before resting at $10.10.

Lexington Continuing Along "Gigabit Road"

Oct 20, 2016
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Work continues on making Lexington a so-called "gigabit city."  The transition to super high speed internet is expected to take years.

Officials began discussing moving to high speed internet countywide two years ago.  City officials says many communities across the country are wrestling with process and cost issues.  A public/private partnership is anticipated in Fayette County. 

Lexington Mayor Seeks Input on Gun Violence

Oct 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are asking police how local government can help to reduce gun violence.  The issue came up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session in reaction to the shooting death of Lexington Lafayette High School Sophomore Trinity Gay.  She died after being hit in an exchange of gunfire in a restaurant parking lot.  

Police Chief Mark Barnard says some of the best help could come from citizens who have information about those involved in violent crimes.

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New regulations for distributing unsolicited materials in Lexington neighborhoods is advancing within the city council.  Proposed standards received committee approval Tuesday.  

Many households receive the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Community News publication.  Since it includes news and advertisements, publisher Rufus Friday told Council its distribution is constitutionally-protected.

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A new snow removal law for residential sidewalks in Lexington could be in place this winter.  The ordinance got initial approval Tuesday.

The proposal would require homeowners to clear sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall of four or more inches.  The law would only effect properties on already-cleared streets.  Council member Peggy Henson cast one of the 11 votes in favor of the ordinance, saying, “I do not want to see another year of people walking in the middle of the street, trying to get to their bus stops or to work."

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Lexington’s newest council member would like to see future growth restricted to inside the city’s current urban service boundary. 

Kathy Plomin was sworn in Wednesday during a city hall ceremony.  She hopes the city boundary stays put. “There’s a lot of acreage inside that’s underutilized,” noted Plomin.  “So, let’s take a look at that and perhaps look at regulations and make it easier for developers to build within the urban service boundary.”

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Lexington city officials are moving forward with an economic development initiative with grants aimed at businesses, non-profits and educational institutions.  Council members got an update last week during a committee meeting. 

Town Branch Commons Items Come Before Lexington Council

Aug 30, 2016
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While construction is not slated to begin until 2018, Lexington’s Town Branch Commons trail and park project continues to get attention downtown.  It’s on Tuesday’s agenda of the Urban County Council. 

Jonathon Hollinger is senior administrative officer in planning, preservation, and development. He says council is being asked to approve a memorandum of understanding with the city, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Lexington Center, and the Downtown Management District. 

Lexington Council to Review Police, Fire Disciplinary Notices

Aug 26, 2016
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Lexington leaders are being asked to modify city council’s notification procedure for police and fire disciplinary reports.  The item will be considered in a special meeting.

Council acted Tuesday to include the matter on a special "committee of the whole" agenda.  Council member Susan Lamb wants to discuss including notification of routine disciplinary reports on council dockets. 

Lexington Council Debated Expanding Boundary

Aug 24, 2016
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As the city of Lexington prepares to update its comprehensive plan, at least one council member believes it could include expansion of the urban service boundary.

The matter surfaced during council’s weekly work session.  The city’s plan for where development occurs is updated every four years.  The process starts in earnest in January.  The last time the boundary was expanded to any significant degree was 1996.

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