Over the past decade, some public pools in Lexington have closed while others were converted to water park-like aquatic centers. Another option is under study now. City General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says "splash pads" are getting some attention. "It's a concrete pad and water shoots out at various angles and people are really enjoying them in a lot of areas and several cities have gone to heavy use of splash pads. They can be small, they can be large. A lot of places have gone to them in lieu of maintaining pools," said Reed.
Members of Lexington's Council are looking to speed up the hiring process for jail security officers. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray proposes hiring eight officers this summer and seven more the first of 2015.
A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's Rupp Arena project. Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the Rupp/Convention Center project forward.
In the letter dated May 20th, UK President Eli Capilouto expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled.
Lexington city officials are planning revisions to its leaf collection program this year. Members of a Council committee got an update last week.
Acting Public Works Commissioner Charlie Martin says snow events caused a disruption in the vacuum collection effort this past winter. "and this year, they didn't start 'til after Halloween, but by Christmas we had had several snows and you don't have time for leaf collection anymore because now you're dealing with snow and ice, so you have a very narrow window in which to operate," said Martin.
A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked extended discussion Tuesday at city hall. The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report. A council committee approved the policy change.
Candidates for the 2014 Lexington mayoral election debated at the May 1 meeting of the Lexington Forum. L-R, Incumbent Jim Gray; challengers Danny Mayer & Anthany Beatty. Moderator Tom Martin is standing.
Credit John Hingsbergen
Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
A diverse group of government, business, and social representatives are developing more structure for the affordable housing cause in Lexington. The panel met for the first time Wednesday.
Lexington's city council has decided to spend three million dollars for affordable housing over the next year, and a stakeholders group will work in the coming weeks to decide how to spend the money. A yet-to-be named board would make the final allocations.
Madison County civic and government representatives will unveil an economic development plan today for the cities of Richmond and Berea.
The theme for the two year economic improvement effort is rooted in collaboration among local governments, public schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and medical facilities. The initiative is also aimed at increasing jobs by capitalizing on intellectural assets, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and commercialization of technology.
City officials in Lexington are considering ways to enhance safety in neighborhood parks throughout the bluegrass community. A number of recommendations are made in a just-released task force report.
It comes on the heels of a fatal shooting this past weekend in Duncan Park. Lexington Council member Chris Ford says the death of 21 year old Antonio Franklin Junior demonstrates a need for the initiative.
"That is an example and an illustration of why we need to go forward as fast as we can with some of these recommendations," said Franklin.
Lexington city leaders are looking into new ways to coordinate workforce training services. The Council's Social Services Committee discussed the matter at its Tuesday meeting. These services have been carried out through the Bluegrass Area Development District. The matter must still go before the full Council.
The Bluegrass ADD was the focus of a scathing state audit earlier this year. Committee Chair Chris Ford won approval to look for a new fiscal agent for the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board.
A new ten million dollar Athletics Complex at Transylvania University benefits both on and off campus sports teams. A dedication is planned this Saturday afternoon at the fourth street facility in Lexington.
An Eastern Kentucky University student is in custody on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a campus dormitory. University police say they are unable to release some details since they are still investigating.
Lexington residents will notice a lot more above ground water storage in the years ahead. As part of a 600-million-dollar project to overhaul the city's sewer system, wet weather storage tanks will be constructed.
With an improving economy, Lexington city leaders are moving ahead with an affordable housing initiative in the Bluegrass community. Lexington's city council has wrestled with an affordable housing question for years.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Walden scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to help Eastern Kentucky upset top-seeded Belmont 79-73 Saturday night for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team will attempt to win the program's sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, and earn the NCAA Tournament bid that comes with it, on Saturday against No. 1 seed Belmont University.
Freshman Mariah Massengill scored a career-high 12 points off the bench in Friday's semifinals loss to UT Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University's run in the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball tournament came to a sudden end in the semifinals Friday afternoon. Regular season champion UT Martin picked up a 97-45 victory over the Lady Colonels, who were playing their third game in three days.
A proposal to simplify the branding of the entity known as the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is being discussed at city hall. An ordinance to that effect is being proposed by council member Harry Clarke.
Some supporters of affordable housing in Lexington are praying that city leaders act on establishing a trust fund. A short prayer vigil, complete with song, took place in the city hall lobby Tuesday. Members of the group “Building United Interfaith Lexington Through Directive Action" or BUILD have been involved in the housing initiative for six years.
Lexington's City Hall was the site of another discussion of affordable housing issues Tuesday. Among council members and housing advocates alike, most all involved agree Kentucky's second largest city lacks enough affordable housing.
Lexington officials are considering ways of increasing the number of trees in the urban area. Last week, council members were briefed on a tree survey as they consider a targeted effort to grow the green canopy.