Lexington Police Accreditation Hearing Draws Small Crowd

Aug 9, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

A public meeting in downtown Lexington to solicit comment about the Division of Police attracted a relatively small group of people.  It was all part of a voluntary national accreditation process.

The two assessors, both police representatives from outside Kentucky, heard from five people during the hearing at city hall.  One of them was Don Fishback, who believes citizens might benefit from more information about police training.  “What kind of training do the police go through in high stress situations which is when it seems that things kind of go sideways,” said Fishback.

Library Director Weighs in on Possible Move

Aug 3, 2016

Officials with the city of Lexington are beginning to study the feasibility of buying the building that currently houses the downtown Public Library.  the move could be advantageous for both parties.

Accessibility Focus of Lexington’s Newest Playground

Aug 3, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


The official unveiling of Lexington’s newest destination playground includes a focus on accessibility.  A ribbon cutting for the half million dollar complex at Jacobson Park took place Tuesday morning.

Central Library Under Consideration For New City Hall

Aug 2, 2016


Lexington city officials are talking with Central Library administrators about a potential move for city hall.   It’s considered a ‘very early’ discussion.

A joint statement comes from Public Library Director Ann Hammond and Lexington Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton.  It reads that the city and library are exploring the possibility of the city buying the Central Library building for a new city hall. 

FoodChain Kitchen Project Moves Forward

Aug 2, 2016


FoodChain, a Lexington based nonprofit, has announced plans to build a Processing Kitchen in Downtown Lexington. The kitchen is meant to both educate and possibly provide employment.

Rains Impact Tobacco Production This Summer

Aug 1, 2016

Although tobacco production in central Kentucky has fallen steadily over the last decade, local yields could be up this fall.  Steady rain showers over the next week could increase stress in the fields.

Lexington Police to Activate Body Cameras in August

Jul 28, 2016

A few weeks later than originally anticipated, the first shipment of body cameras is now in the hands of Lexington police.   


Earlier this spring, police officials thought body cameras might be incorporated gradually in June.  


They say a high demand for this type of body camera pushed back the start-up.   Officers will now begin using the video technology in mid August.  Initially 75 officers will each be issued two body cameras.  


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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has received a federal grant of over $14 million to complete the Town Branch Commons Corridor project.  The funds are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program.   

Hundreds of people of various faiths gathered Wednesday night in Lexington for an event described as a “concert, born of Orlando to remember all victims of hatred and violence.”  Participants included Muslims, Jews and Christians of various denominations.   

In response to last month’s massacre that killed 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando, the concert at Historic St. Paul’s Church downtown featured performances by about a dozen musicians with remarks and prayers led by local religious leaders.   

Lexington City Leaders Review Ethics Law Modifications

Jul 7, 2016

Several modifications in Lexington’s governmental ethics law are under review at city hall.  A subcommittee reviewed the current ordinance over the last year and a half.  Lexington Council Member Angela Evans says one change calls for including private interest along with financial interest information. “It’s just creating that extra level of transparency that, you know, I do care enough about this organization that I serve on that board and just allowing the public to see that relationship.”


Violent and deadly outbursts in this country and others around the world are causing new law enforcement strategies at large public events.  An increased police presence was in place for Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival and the Pride Festival in late June.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Comes Earlier in Lexington

Jul 6, 2016

    The city of Lexington and its police union have reached agreement on a ‘collective bargaining’ document.  It provides for pay raises for some 500 officers in each of the next four years.


Thousands turned out in downtown Lexington over the weekend for Pride 2016.  Organizers of the LGBT-focused event were predicting crowds larger than last year’s total of about 25,000.

This year’s Pride included a moment of remembrance for victims of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando led by Pastor Marsha Moors-Charles of Lexington’s Bluegrass United Church of Christ.

MMC: “Although we may not know all the names on this beautiful flag that will be sent to Orlando, God indeed knows their names and welcomed them into their eternal home.”


A Lexington city council committee will review constable policies in the central Kentucky community.  The request came last week from Council member Kevin Stinnett.  He says his inquiry comes following news stories about constables from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.  Stinnett says there may or may not be any issues related to constable work in the Lexington area.  “I think it’s time to make people aware of what’s going on and the efforts that have been made the last couple of years before the state legislature to alter that and their role in the community.  Do we need to

Lexington Pride Festival Organizer Expects Big Crowd

Jun 24, 2016

    Lexington’s ninth public ‘Pride Festival’ will take place tomorrow in the center of downtown.  One organizer believes attendance for this summer’s event could be much larger than last year.



Pavement Policy Debated at Lexington City Hall

Jun 22, 2016

   A new method for determining "pavement projects" in Lexington is moving forward.  It got a full discussion Tuesday before council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee.

Lexington Jail Staff Respond to Questions About Work Environment

Jun 20, 2016


Over 90% of Lexington’s sworn jail staff have been quizzed about their work environment at the detention center.  Council committee members were briefed last week.

Lexington Council Backs $345 Million Budget

Jun 16, 2016

    Lexington’s city council has overwhelmingly given final approval to a $345 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  One item Thursday night did generate significant discussion prior to the vote.

Several council members offered high marks for the budget and the budget building process.  Council member Kevin Stinnett says significant gains are seen in funding for paving, police and fire, storm water, and code enforcement.  “Really worked with council before the budget came out to make sure we had in there what the citizens are calling us for,” said Stinnett.

Lexington Council Appears Ready to Act on Recreational Zoning

Jun 16, 2016

    Lexington leaders appear ready to move forward with a recreational zoning text amendment.  It’s been a point of discussion for the past few years.

The establishment of a zipline service in a rural section of Fayette County a few years ago started the discussion about permitted recreational uses.  Members of the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee voted this week to make uses like canopy tours, hiking trails and canoeing conditional. 

Proposed Lexington Sports Complex Draws Opposition

Jun 15, 2016

Proposed funding to construct a multi-sport complex near the Versailes-New Circle road area is drawing criticism from residents living close to the site under consideration.  Tom Creech told city council members Tuesday the 130 acre site had been considered for a traditional park project.  “We’re kind of thrilled to see that you all are gonna put seven million in the budget. We just like to see this kind of park for all the people instead of a commercial development,” said Creech.

    Today’s ribbon cutting to recognize the renovation and expansion of Madison County’s Emergency Operations Center attracted military, local government, business, and interested citizen representation.  The scheduled disposal of chemical weapons stored nearby played a key role in the development of the center.

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — An official says it is expected to cost about $20 million to make repairs at a central Kentucky chemical weapons destruction plant. 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the general contractor for the plant in Madison County, said it is seeking compensation from General Atomics of San Diego for the cost to replace piping with deficient welds since the welds were done by a subcontractor for that company.

New Drug Treatment Program Planned for Lexington Jail

Jun 9, 2016

A new long term substance abuse treatment program is being implemented at Lexington’s jail.  Members of a Lexington city council committee were briefed on the initiative this week.   Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Program Director Amy Baker says the plan calls for a 20 bed six month treatment format for male inmates.  “To receive long term treatment in hopes that the issues that brought them there will be addressed in jail and when they get out of jail, the cycle will be broken.”


    Lexington officials are searching for a new tenant to locate in a historic building in the city’s downtown Gratz Park.  The hope is to have a resolution by this fall.

Public Reading of Council Ordinances, Resolutions to Continue

Jun 7, 2016

Another attempt to modify the Lexington Council’s rules and procedures to eliminate formal readings of certain ordinances and resolutions during meetings has failed to move forward.  The issue, brought forward by Vice Mayor Steve Kays, was before the council’s General Government and Social Services Committee Tuesday. 

Lexington Bikers Urged to Try Cycling to Work

May 20, 2016


There is an effort in Lexington to increase bike traffic to and from the workplace.  It’s right in line with today’s ‘National Bike to Work Day’ observance.

Information from the American Community Survey in 20-14 showed just over 1 percent of Lexington residents biked to work. 

Sidesaddle Competition Part of High Hope Event

May 20, 2016

The 48th High Hope Steeplechase event at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend will include two new lady sidesaddle races.  High Hope Racing Director Michele Primm says it will represent the third leg in a sidesaddle series and feature European World Champion Susan Oaks.  

Primm says steeplechase racing dates back centuries to when people in England raced from one church steeple to another church steeple.

Lexington Council Seeks Bus Service to City Park

May 13, 2016

Lexington’s mass transit administrators are being asked to consider expanding service to public parks.   The initial inquiry centers on one large area of green space, Jacobson Park.

The request came from a number of council members during this week’s work session meeting.  Among them, council member Jennifer Mossotti, “What we’re trying to do is instill people to utilize our parks and not only the shopping centers but let’s get out there and be a little healthy.”

Lexington Council To Vote on $2.5 Million for Police Body Cameras

May 11, 2016

Lexington police are planning to roll out body cameras to some 400 officers this summer.  The $2.5 million dollar purchase must still win approval by the council. Members of the council’s planning and public safety committee got an update Tuesday. 

Assistant Police Chief Dwayne Holman says the money would go for 800 cameras, two for each user.  “We want officers to record from the initial contact throughout the conclusion of that encounter, whatever that law enforcement contact is, we want to record the start and end,” said Holman.

This week’s speaker in the Chautauqua Lecture series at Eastern Kentucky University says he’s concerned about the state of liberal education in the U.S.

Dr. Michael Roth is President of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and author of “Why Liberal Education Matters.”