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A long standing debate over a proposed cell tower in northern Fayette County has taken another turn.  The urban county council took action Tuesday.

The Lexington council voted to reject placing a cell tower on property off Iron Works Pike.  Knox Van Nagell Pfister appeared before council, representing the Mount Brilliant horse farm. “So the question is not if an additional cell tower is built, but where.  And 3360 Huffman Mill Road is simply too close to our farm residences and their families for comfort,” said Pfister.

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Beginning later this summer, many of Lexington’s homeless will be able to access free public transportation for a year.  The new program called upLIFT aims at increasing self-sufficiency.

Polly Ruddick oversees the city’s efforts to address homelessness.

She told the city council Tuesday that access to Lextran reduces barriers to employment, childcare, healthcare, and housing.  She says participants must be living in a shelter or transitional housing and  working with a case manager on a plan for a permanent home.

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City officials cut the ribbon Monday on the final phase of an affordable housing complex in west Lexington.  It raises the total units available at the Parkside Apartments to 108.

The property, originally home of the Gardenside Cabana Club, then the YWCA, for years suffered from neglect and vandalism.  AU Associates purchased the property almost a decade ago for redevelopment upon receiving affordable housing tax credits. 

Spraygrounds Growing in Lexington

May 29, 2018
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Aquatic options for Lexington citizens continue to expand. A number of zero depth aquatic centers opened this past holiday weekend. A new spray ground is located at Castlewood Park. Another playground with water is scheduled to open this Saturday at Douglas Park.

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A new Lexington task force is being formed to tackle issues of redevelopment, preservation, and displacement of residents.  A wide group of interests will be represented at the planned monthly meetings.

Lexington Council Discusses Budget Modifications

May 24, 2018
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Lexington city leaders are discussing modifications to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended budget for next year.  One issue brought up during Thursday’s Council Committee meeting was the need and cost of a new shelter for the city’s police dogs.  

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Work is beginning this week on a road widening and interchange project along Lexington’s New Circle Road.  The project involves adding a lane in both directions from Georgetown Street to Boardwalk Avenue and reconstruction for a large portion of the Newtown Pike interchange. 

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Water Quality Director Charlie Martin says it’s unclear when Lexington residents will see an increase in their sanitary sewer fees. Martin recently update a council committee on water projects.

 

Youth Mentors Sought During Lexington Event

May 17, 2018
Stu Johnson

An event linking mentors with young people took place Thursday in downtown Lexington.  The Youth Engagement Summit at the Lyric Theatre featured 14 different mentoring organizations.

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An innovative interchange in Lexington is getting national attention.  The traffic flow strategy was recognized this week in Frankfort.

The American Council of Engineering Companies award recognizes the redesign of the Versailes Road-New Circle Road interchange.  The Louisville-based Qk4 engineering consulting firm incorporated a unique design aimed at resolving safety issues at exchange.  The Versailles Road interchange is the second Kentucky project earning the national American Council of Engineering Companies award of excellence honor.  

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With the May primary election less than a week away, Lexington voters are considering seven candidates to lead the Urban County Government.  In this first of two reports, we’ll hear from four contenders in the mayor’s race.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray deciding to run for Congress opened the door wide for potential successors to his city hall post. 

In this report, we’ll explore two primary issues, the future home for Lexington government and how the urban county government could help young people succeed.

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Lexington city leaders are considering spending more money on neighborhood repaving.  The Council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee supported the plan Tuesday.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is suggesting $12 million dollars be set aside for street paving next year.  The current budget calls for 42 percent of funding to go toward local neighborhood streets.  Public Works Commissioner Dowell Hoskins-Squier says the yet to be voted on budget dedicates 65 percent of the funds to neighborhood streets.

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An effort to develop a strategy to reduce group related violence is expected to start this summer in Lexington.

Many members of a large-multi faith organization in the city heard what they wanted to hear during an annual assembly last week.

Representatives of B.U.I.L.D., or Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action, have had success in convincing government leaders to move forward with their researched initiatives. 

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Lexington council members Tuesday discussed whether the public should be made more aware when firefighters or police officers are up for disciplinary measures.

Member Angela Evans moved that any actions should be listed on meeting dockets presented to council.  “I’m not asking for any names.  I’m not asking for any kind of identifying information.  But simply notification to the public that disciplinary action will be presented to this council,” said Evans.

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Lexington’s city council is set to approve a 10-year master plan for community parks. It’s been two years in the making and involved 3000 citizens.

The parks master plan is a guidebook for things like programs, facilities, operations, and land acquisition.  Consultant Pat Hoagland  made a presentation to the council Tuesday. “It’s not just a capital facilities plan.  That’s what a lot of people will focus on.  It focuses on the next ten years and beyond,” said Hoagland.

Lexington Council Begins Budget Review

Apr 17, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s city council got a more thorough explanation of Mayor Jim Gray’s budget funding rationale during a workshop Tuesday at city hall.  

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Lexington Council Member Jennifer Mossotti says Mayor Jim Gray’s suggested investment to fund a monument celebrating the history of women was, quote, “a better number than I expected.”  Gray proposed $100,000 go toward the initiative.  

Mossotti says the city money will be augmented through private fundraising.  “We do a lot of private fundraising.  We’re going to deal with other entities throughout the community.  By 2020 we are going to have in place a monument or some public art that will be dedicated to women in Lexington,” said Mossotti.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is recommending $200,000 to fund the Fayette Mental Health Court over the next year.   It’s included in the budget he spelled out to council members Tuesday.

Lexington Mayor Proposes $370 Million Budget

Apr 10, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray presented his $370 million budget recommendations Tuesday for consideration by the urban county council. One significant expense is still being debated by lawmakers and the governor in Frankfort.

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Residents living near the University of Kentucky Tuesday evening learned more about a planned land-street swap between Lexington government and UK.  The hour plus meeting included lots of questions from citizens and answers from UK and city officials.

Lexington Homelessness on the Decline

Mar 6, 2018
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Greater Lexington has seen a significant decline in the number of homeless persons.  According to the annual homeless count in January, Lexington homelessness reached its lowest level since 2005.  

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named a veteran law enforcement officer to head the Division of Police.  A packed city hall lobby welcomed the news that Lawrence Weathers will be the city’s new police chief.

Mayor Jim Gray noted the community support before offering his formal remarks. “I will tell you something right out of the gate Lawrence, before we even talk that, this is by far the largest crowd that we have ever had in this room,” said Gray to an applauding audience.

Seven File to Run for Lexington Mayor

Jan 30, 2018
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Seven people are vying to serve as Lexington’s next mayor.  Tuesday’s filing deadline brought a number of last minute filers to the Fayette County Clerk’s office. 

Among them are former Lexington Mayor Teresa Issac and former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.  Also in the crowded field are current Urban County Council Kevin Stinnett and former Lexington Council Member Linda Gorton. 

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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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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has appointed a local attorney from a political family to fill the seventh district seat on the Urban County Council.  Preston Worley participated in an oath of office ceremony Thursday morning at city hall.

The 33 year old will fulfill the unexpired term of Jennifer Scutchfield, who resigned this month to take a job with the State Board of Elections.  It’s a first time in office for Worley who says he plans to seek a full council term. 

 

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The weekend power failure at Atlanta’s airport has effected Delta airline travelers at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.  

Depending on the day of the week, Spokeswoman Amy Caudill says anywhere from six to nine Atlanta connected Delta planes daily use Lexington airport runways.  She advises travelers to check their scheduled flights into Atlanta and those going to a final destination.

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.

Lexington Council Approves New Cable Franchise

Dec 8, 2017

Lexington’s council has given final approval to a new ten year utility franchise.  Last night’s action paves the way for MetroNet to begin work on a high speed fiber optic network in the Fayette County community.  

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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.

Stu Johnson

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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