Lexington/Richmond

6:00am

Tue January 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Officials Concerned About Cable TV Complaints

The number of cable television concerns expressed by Lexington residents is causing concern for some city leaders.  While the city continues negotiations for a renewed agreement with Time Warner Cable, Council member Harry Clark says some of the citizen comments made at a recent public hearing were ‘horrifying.’  “This is not sufficient for Lexington Kentucky.  I mean we value the quality of life in a lot of ways, and this is a standard that we ought to be providing for all of our citizens who are interested in cable,” said Clark.

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7:31pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Bright Skies, Moderate Temperatures Welcome MLK Day Marchers

Lexington's Martin Luther King Day march makes its way down Vine Street
Credit Stu Johnson

Downtown Lexington is usually an active place on Martin Luther King Day.  And so it was this 20th day of 2014.  But, some participants in this year's annual march say more work is needed to further the efforts of the slain civil rights leader.  While special Martin Luther King festivities occur at places like the children’s museum and historic Kentucky Theater, the march through downtown remains the city's highest profile event.  


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1:02pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

King Day March, Discussion at UK Focus on Pacifism

Jillian Pyatte, right, watched as Alpha Phi Alpha members Jared Scott, left, T.J. Merritt and Rashad Bigham re-created the scene of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination as people passed during a silent march to commemorate the legacy of the civil rights leader.
Credit Matt Goins - Lexington Herald Leader

University of Kentucky students and staff honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pacifism on Sunday with a candle-lit march past a half-dozen silently re-enacted scenes of violence, including King's 1968 assassination; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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4:28pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Complains Over Delays In "Jobs Fund"

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A pet project of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray remains locked up at city hall. Mayor Jim Gray wants the city to finance a one million dollar economic development fund.  Its grants and loans would help businesses create new jobs.  Gray would like to see council act on the ‘jobs fund’, but some council members like Chris Ford want more time before voting.

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4:00pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Considers Building Fees Increase

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The fees charged by Lexington for services, such as building permits,  are under review.  Council members today examined planning and engineering fees for residential construction projects.  Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says the personnel costs in providing such services often exceed the revenue collected through fees.

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6:49am

Thu December 12, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Safety Concerns Bring New Canopy to Lexington City Hall

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It’s a different look to the front of Lexington’s city hall these days.  Safety concerns have prompted the removal of a 30-by-17 foot metal canopy from the Main Street entrance. General Services Commissioner Jamshid  Baradaran says inspectors spotted structural problems.

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6:48am

Wed December 11, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Centre Point Construction to Start

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It appears construction on a major downtown development in Lexington will start within the next week or so.   Since, before the recession, the multi-million dollar Centre Point project has been on hold.  Financing for the office-retail and residential high rise has been the sticking point.  Finance Commissioner Bill Omara Tuesday told council member Steve Kay financial support for the project now appears solid.

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3:30pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Food Trucks Struggle Under City Restrictions

Credit Angela Baldridge / Lexington Herald Leader

It’s not ready to let food trucks park just any place downtown, but Lexington’s council might be willing to extend a pilot program.  Thursday, council members will likely consider a one year extension. For six months, a pilot program has allowed food truck to operate during specific times in specific spots downtown.  Council member Shevawn Akers, who backed the experiment, says so far, no major complaints.


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12:10pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Council Rejects Beautification Tax For Downtown Lexington

Lexington’s city council has rejected a business tax which would fund downtown beautification.  It would have levied an assessment on property owners within a special taxing district.  Ferrell Alford, who owns two downtown buildings, thinks such improvements should be left to the owner's discretion.

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6:00am

Mon November 25, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Hope To Lower City Debt

Lexington city leaders are trying to lower their debt payments.  A Council committee recently approved a ‘debt management policy.’  Currently, about 11% of city revenue goes to pay off debts.  Finance Commissioner Bill Omara says his goal is to keep that percent to no more than ten-percent.

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4:25pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

$1M Lexington "Jobs Fund" Goes Before City Council

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A proposal from Lexington’s mayor that establishes a one million dollar ‘jobs fund’ goes before the full Lexington Council Thursday.  Most of the money would go to existing companies for the creation of new jobs.  Jamie Emmons, who’s the mayor’s chief of staff, said Lexington’s incentives differ from those offered by state programs.

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3:55pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Child Care Cuts Present Low-Income Parents With Hard Choices

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Child subsidy cuts' impact on Kentucky families.

When they write a new state budget this winter, Kentucky lawmakers will likely revisit cuts in state funding for childcare.  The program, which helped provide working-class parents with affordable day care, stopped accepting new applications last spring.   Income guidelines are also affecting thousands of families.

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7:03am

Wed November 20, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Business and Employee Withholding Taxes Down

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Just as Lexington’s mayor is about to begin the process of building a city budget plan, there’s a slight glitch.  Lexington Finance Commissioner Bill Omara told council members Tuesday that revenues are strong, but not as strong as predicted.

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5:43pm

Tue November 19, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Funding Cuts Could Prompt Reorganization Of Community Action Council

One of central Kentucky’s best known social service agencies is refining how it delivers services to thousands of low income residents.  The Lexington-based Community Action Council serves 30 thousand people in four bluegrass counties.  Just last year, Director Malcolm Ratchford says his agency saw a one million dollar cut in state and federal funding.  As a result, the Head Start pre-school program lost spots for 80-children.  With funding scarce, Ratchford says they could charge fees for some services in the community at large.

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9:01am

Fri November 15, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Number-Two Announces Retirement From Council

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The most experienced member of Lexington’s City Council has announced her plans to leave government service.   By the end of 2014, Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton will become the longest serving Council member since local government was overhauled in the 1970’s.  She made a formal announcement Thursday before a crowded city hall lobby.


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5:12pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Considers A Standard For Downtown Buildings

Hoping to improve the appearance of downtown buildings, Lexington city leaders are considering a set of design standards.  The idea is to give the inner most downtown core a look that’s attractive to new businesses, new residents and out-of-town visitors.  Plus, Council member Steve Kay says such rules and regulations could protect Lexington’s history.

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4:36pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Might Let Engineers, Administrators Resolve Small Cost Overruns

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Given the scope of Lexington’s sewer overhaul, the paperwork could overwhelm the council.  Currently, it must approve many changes because usually there’s also an increased cost.  But, some of that responsibility could be shifted onto Lexington’s administrators.
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8:57am

Wed November 6, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Committee Approves Domestic Partner Benefits For Lexington Employees

A committee of the Urban County Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday providing benefits to domestic partners of employees. The vote comes nearly a decade after the city first tried to implement benefits that include same-sex partners. The ordinance must get final approval from the full council. It is not expected to face opposition. If it passes later this month or in early December, Lexington will join Louisville, Covington and Berea as Kentucky cities that offer domestic partner benefits in a state that does not allow same-sex couples to marry. Read more...

6:55am

Mon November 4, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Fayette Circuit Courthouse Building Opens Up Partially

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Portions of the Fayette County Circuit Courthouse building will reopen this morning.  The four story structure has been shut down since Monday, October 21 following a water line break.  The break caused extensive damage to sections of the first through the fourth floors.  Most of the first and fourth floors plus courtrooms on the second and third floor will open up today.

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7:42am

Thu October 31, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Moving its Trick or Treat to Friday

Trick or treating in Lexington has been moved to tomorrow night.  It will still run from six until eight p.m.  The weather forecast calls for strong storms to move into the Bluegrass later today.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the decision to make the switch comes with weather predictions which the mayor says have ‘gotten worse.’  For families who can’t change their plans, Gray adds there is still indoor trick or treating at Fayette Mall, the Lyric Theater, and the Kentucky Horse Park.

4:23pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Progress Being Made on Courthouse Repairs

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Significant clean up and repair work at the Fayette Circuit Court building continues this week.  It was a week ago Sunday when water was seen spilling out an upstairs window.  Damage occurred on all four floors of the downtown structure.  But, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine says work is proceeding along pretty well.

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1:14pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police and Fire Pension Still Prompting Questions

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As Lexington city leaders work to make decisions on spending surplus money, questions persist regarding the police and fire pension fund.  A January agreement between the Mayor and police and fire union representatives was hailed as a ‘fix.’  But, Council member Kevin Stinnett noted this week the need for additional city support does raise concern.

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5:00pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Man O War Widening Study Gets Backing

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Lexington city leaders are taking a first step toward widening a major roadway in Fayette County.  The Council this Tuesday voted to spend a quarter million dollars to study improvements to Man O War Boulevard.  Council member Shevawn  Akers questions whether cost estimates done now will be relevant years later.

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4:56pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Significant Water Event at Fayette County Courthouse

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What’s being called a ‘broken toilet’ has shut down the Fayette Circuit Courthouse.  The leaky toilet was situated on the fourth floor.  Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz says there were inches of water on all four floors.

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4:53pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council to Consider 'Jobs Fund'

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Lexington Council members are expected to take up an economic development fund proposal Tuesday.  Mayor Jim Gray is suggesting two million dollars be set aside in what he labels a ‘jobs fund.’  Gray made a formal pitch to the Council during the last work session. “See it does not mean that we are writing a check for that tomorrow at all.  This represents gap financing, loans, principally for local companies that are growing and adding jobs,” said Gray.

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4:30pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Timeline Put Forward for Lexington Sewer Work

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Some 80 sanitary sewer projects in Lexington over the next decade will impact many neighborhoods.  With that in mind, city officials are working to notify residents to when bulldozers may be coming to their area of town.  Mark York, with the Division of Environmental Policy, says a project manager will look for ways to lay pipe in the most cost efficient manner.

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4:24pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Taking a Downtown Management District Idea to City Hall

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A new property tax on certain downtown businesses and residences is under consideration in Lexington.  It would create a downtown management district…which would work to beautify the neighborhood.  Renae Jackson, who’s president of the Downtown Lexington Corporation, says it would eventually improve the value of their property.

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4:21pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Making Unsightly Garbage a Thing of the Past

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The problem of garbage piling up along Lexington streets has city officials considering new enforcement and collection methods.  Waste often accumulates outside rental units and other residences, especially after an eviction.  Often old furniture is left on a curb, and it in turn attracts additional garbage.  Plus, garbage pickers are a problem.  By sorting through piles of waste, city official say they create a safety hazard.  Councilmember Peggy Henson believes current enforcement efforts don’t work.

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10:14pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council to Review Consulting Costs

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Lexington Council members are seeking more information about costs associated with hiring consultants.  It surfaced during a discussion Tuesday at city hall.  A request for a 50 thousand dollar consultant fee sparked a larger debate.  The money is for advice sought on the creation of an office for homeless services. In the end, the Council asked for a report on money spent on consultants during the last three years.

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5:15pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Road Repaving "Blitz" Wraps Up In Lexington

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The 2013 repaving blitz in Lexington is just about finished.  City planners realized they had fallen behind in recent years and needed to play catch-up.


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