Consultant Studies Retail, Housing Opportunities Near UK

Nov 13, 2015

A housing and retail study of two Lexington corridors near the University of Kentucky is under review by city council members.  The 110 page consultant’s report focuses on Euclid Avenue, Avenue of Champions, and a portion of South Limestone.  Council briefly studied the report this week.


Lexington city council members are continuing to investigate ways to help taxi companies and transportation network businesses coexist.  TNC firms like Lyft and Uber have entered the transportation market in recent years.  They are regulated only under state law.  The public safety committee discussed the issue this week. Committee Chair Jennifer Mossotti asked Glenda George in the law department about TNC participation in local licensing.  “If they didn’t apply for a license we don’t know if they're legitimately operating, correct?” Asked Mossotti.

Lexington Council to Split $4M in Surplus Among Districts

Nov 6, 2015

Lexington’s city council has made some decisions on how to spend some $7 million in surplus funds.  The council voted Thursday night to set aside $4 million to be divided up equally among all 15 members. 

Council member Bill Farmer argued the approach may fall short of full disclosure perceptions.  “I think it’s important for us to make decisions on behalf of the community, with the community being present and giving input rather than running to our favorite spending list upstairs and making decisions that are not really part of what may be better for the whole,” said Farmer.

Lexington Council Gives First Reading to Minimum Wage Hike

Nov 6, 2015
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Lexington council members have given first reading to an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years.  Final action is expected November 19.

Efforts to amend the proposal came during Thursday night’s meeting. Council member Jennifer Scutchfield sought to exclude businesses with 50 employees or less from the hike.  “Your Walmarts, your McDonald’s, they’re large corporations," said Scutchfield. "They’re able to handle this a little bit better.  These small companies, they can’t."

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This past weekend, a Syrian man shared his experiences during Lexington's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group. Iyad Jabbor says he's fearful that his home country will never be what it once was.  Jabbor works at the University of Kentucky.  He came to America in 2013, following the Syrian uprising.  Jabbor says the historic sites in the Syrian town of Alleppo are gone, some dating back 10,000 years.  “The essence of Syria that we liked, that we loved, the places that we liked to hang in, all the ruins; these are not gonna be replaceable,” said Jabbor.

Lexington Council Moves Forward on Minimum Wage

Oct 27, 2015

After months of debate at city hall, Lexington’s city council has acted to move the minimum wage proposal forward.  A final vote will take place next month. A key sponsor says it took concessions before the measure could win initial approval.

Lexington Recognizes Breeders Cup Founder

Oct 26, 2015
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    With the Breeders Cup Championships just days away, the city of Lexington on Monday held a ceremony to recognize its founder.  

Lexington Horseman Headley Bell recited the opening words on the plaque to honor one of the region’s most success horse breeders.   “John Gaines was the mastermind and architect of the Breeders Cup,” read Bell.

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More than $3 million in federal money is going to support Lexington’s Town Branch Commons linear park.  Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen on Monday announced the federal grant during an event downtown. “This will be like putting a strip of bluegrass right through the heart of downtown,” said Luallen.  “And I think we’re seeing a growing awareness especially in the younger generations for alternative means of transportation.”

Route and Service Changes at Lextran Coming in 2016

Oct 23, 2015

Beginning next year, Lexington’s mass transit system will make numerous changes to its services.  Those include adding two-way Sunday service on routes 1-13.  The Lextran Board made the decisions Wednesday.  Some of the proposed changes were outlined to Lexington council members earlier this week.  Board Chair Jeff Fugate says improvements to the Vine Street transit center are also being considered.  “If you’ve been down there it’s a tough spot, but almost all of our riders, in fact up to around seven to eight hundred an hour will transfer there at its busiest peaks,”  said Fugate.

Lexington Council Committee Approves Winter Snow Plan

Oct 21, 2015

Lexington’s city council is mapping out a snow removal plan for the fast approaching winter season.  Members of the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee acted this week on recommendations for clearing streets and sidewalks. Council member Kevin Stinnett reminded his colleagues that the plan will come with a cost.  “We’ve got to do some heavy lifting," Stinnett said. "We’ve got to cut some other projects that people want to see funded in fund balance, if we’re going to make this our priority this year."


Eastern Kentucky University’s agriculture field lab is helping to move local meats into the restaurant industry.  All pork and ribs served at a  Sonny’s barbeque restaurant in Richmond on Thursday will come from Eastern’s Meadowbrook Farm.  College of Business and Technology Dean Tom Erekson says it’s part of a ‘farm to fork’ strategy.  “The hope is that people get good, fresh, foods, crops, and vegetables, and meats that are produced in Kentucky and put Kentuckians to work processing them, and delivering them, and preparing them, and selling them,” said Erekson.

Lexington Lawmakers Question Drone Use in Fayette County

Oct 14, 2015


The use of drones in and around Lexington is being discussed at City Hall.  Government officials say public use of unmanned aircraft is an evolving conversation.

61 Flags Fly Along Legacy Trail

Oct 13, 2015
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Lexington’s Legacy Trail now features 61 flags or ‘blazes’ designed by local artists.  The blazes are part of the Legacy Trail Public Art Master Plan.  They hang in clusters of three to five at 15 locations along the trail.  Jim Eichner is one of more than a dozen artists who participated in the project.  “I grew up on horse farms, and that was the theme of my design,” explained Eichner. “You might notice when you look at the flags, the cupolas flying and the fences in the forefront."

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The city of Lexington is preparing to celebrate the 100th birthday of Douglas Park.  Organizers hope the centennial celebration will bring more people to the west end grounds.

New Tracking Method for City Services in Lexington

Oct 12, 2015

In just a few weeks, Lexington leaf removal crews will begin making runs through neighborhoods.  Weather conditions can often result in altering the curbside pick-up schedule.  Deputy Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says new this year is ‘City-Gram,' a notification system that alerts residents of any changes.  “People can either get a daily text if their geographical area that they signed up for is being collected or they can get a weekly email, letting them know, hey zone A-3 is pending,” said Allen.

Lexington Officials Confirm October 31 as Trick-or-Treat Date

Oct 9, 2015

Trick-or-treaters in Lexington have options this year when it comes to the traditional Halloween activity.  The matter of a date for trick-or-treating has been an item before Lexington’s council more than once this year. 

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Lexington city officials are recognizing a renovation project planned for a west end housing complex.  The Ferrill Square Apartments project is one of the first funded through the city’s Office of Affordable Housing.

Lexington Council Debates Cost to Research New City Hall Home

Oct 7, 2015


Lexington’s Council voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to spend almost $200,000 to study the feasibility of moving city hall to a new location.  A highly debated downtown project was drawn into the discussion.

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    For the first time in more than 75 years, the University of Kentucky is hosting a Thursday night football game.  The nationally televised contest is expected to impact thousands of area residents.

UK football is normally only played on Saturdays. But On Thursday October 15, the Wildcats will host the Auburn Tigers in an evening game.  Mayor Jim Gray says asking for those affected for their patience. “A lot of patience," added Gray. "Chief (Barnard) said a little bit of patience, I would say a lot of patience.” 

Greenhouse 17 Launches "17 Days/17 Ways"

Oct 1, 2015

As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a Kentucky advocacy agency is launching a social media campaign to educate the community on intimate partner abuse.

Each day for the first 17 days of the month Greenhouse 17 will share one way to combat abuse.

Keeneland Officials Prepare for October Racing

Sep 29, 2015
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Another fall meet gets underway this Friday at the historic Keeneland Race Track.  October racing in Lexington is expected to pack in the crowds like never before.

Citation Boulevard Extension Opens

Sep 22, 2015
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    The extension of two and a half miles of Citation Boulevard in Lexington means more to area residents than additional pavement. The new path is expected to impact traffic as well as business.

This stretch of Citation Boulevard links Leestown and Georgetown Roads.  Traffic Engineer Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier says the divided four lane roadway should ease northwest Lexington congestion.  “Any roadway connections are a good thing, so the more connectivity we have the better," she said. "And this will provide additional connections to the interstate."

Fundraising Under Way for Lexington Linear Park

Sep 18, 2015

A private fundraising campaign for a linear park through downtown Lexington is set to kick into high gear.  The city's council has authorized Blue Grass Community Foundation to move forward with a $50 million effort to support the 2-mile-long project.

Lexington City Leaders Consider Change to Downtown Speed Limits

Sep 17, 2015


Lexington’s traffic engineering division presented their case this week to a city council committee for lowering speed limits on several downtown streets.  The idea got a cool reaction from a number of council members. 

Federal Sewer Tank Project Includes Plans for Area Amenities

Sep 16, 2015
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The massive federally mandated sewer improvement program in Lexington includes construction of several large water storage tanks.  Plans for one such holding tank were discussed Tuesday at City Hall.  The tank will be built near the popular Legacy Trail.  Landscape Architect Gena Wirth says the goal is to try to keep the massive tank from standing out too much.  “You still see it," said Wirth. "It’s impossible to screen the tank entirely with vegetation.  But, the point is this is part of Lexington’s water quality infrastructure and a huge amount of investment is being put into it.

Lexington Leaders Set Sights on Neighborhood Repaving

Sep 16, 2015


Lexington city leaders have made decisions on ways to split up $10 million for street repaving.  There are both short and long term objectives.

In years past, money for repaving had been split equally among 12 council districts.  Now, it’s proportionally divided, based on needs. 


Although the peak fireworks season has come and gone, Lexington city leaders are considering changes in liability insurance levels for non-city displays.  A council committee last week looked into lowering the liability requirement from $5 million to $2 million for neighborhood or club shows.  Council member Amanda Mays-Bledsoe supports a change in the policy. She said they are “trying to make it easier and feasible and financially sustainable for other nonprofits and churches or homeowners associations and neighborhoods to sponsor an event show without sponsoring a $5,000,000 program.”

Lexington Council Trying to Find Compromise on Minimum Wage

Sep 11, 2015
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Two proposals to raise the minimum wage in Lexington are now before city council.  Council member Susan Lamb on Thursday detailed an alternative proposal to that offered by colleague Jennifer Mossotti.  Lamb’s plan boosts the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour over three years, compared Mossotti's proposal of $10.10. Mossotti says another difference is her draft includes a provision for tipped employees.  “We have to get over that first hurdle, we’re going to move forward with the basic increases in minimum wage, then we’ll go to the next step,” said Mossotti.


The Lexington City Council has approved a plan to consolidate two homeless service centers into one new site.  The action is also expected to impact two civil suits and a federal investigation.



Lexington officials say progress is being made to address the concerns of waste management employees.  The head of public works says the two sides have come to some agreement but more time is needed to address all issues.