The city of Lexington is in talks with Kentucky Utilities about switching to LED streetlights. James Bush with Lexington's Division of Environmental Policy says LED streetlights tend to last about twice as long as traditional street lighting. Bush says the city has a lease agreement with Kentucky Utilities and Bluegrass Rural Electric Cooperative for operation of street lights.
As this week's rainfall has knocked many leaves off of trees, Lexington leaders Tuesday got a briefing on this year's leaf collection efforts. As in past years, vacuum trucks will roll through Lexington neighborhoods. Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says a new interactive map is now available so residents can know when to expect leaf pickups. "Citizens will now know their subzone in a more accurate start time for collection, so the leaves don't sit on the grass, kill the grass, turn to mud, blow in their neighbors yard," said Allen.
Work continues this week on a $1.2 million refurbishment of Kentucky American Water Company's largest elevated tank. Once completed, the 2,000,000 gallon Lexington fixture is expected to take on a completely different look. Contractor Ron Bowling says paint removal is usually the most difficult part of the job. "The painting is the easiest. After you get all the blasting done, you sort of consider the job downhill after that," said Bowling.
UK Patterson School of Diplomacy Professor Stacy Closson
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News
An international scholar at the University of Kentucky worries about increasing U.S. involvement in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East. Stacy Closson spoke on the subject Thursday to Lexington Rotarians.
Lexington Division of Traffic Engineering Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier
Officials tasked with managing Lexington's traffic flow are met with daily challenges. The city's new director of traffic engineering is utilizing innovative communication technologies to help get motorists from one spot to another.
All five Lexington area high schools will be the focus of voter registration efforts this week. Kentucky is part of a 50 state effort to register voters before the November election. Tuesday has been declared National Voter Registration Day. Lexington League of Women Voters' Vice President Cindy Heine says some teenagers may not realize the timing of their voter eligibility. "This is a way to let students know that if they will be 18 by Election day they can register and they can vote. It's also a way to remind students by just being on the campuses of the importance of voting, the im
A major Lexington roadway could be a candidate for a unique interchange project. Construction continues to widen a portion of Leestown Road, just outside New Circle Road. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says the Leestown-New Circle Road interchange could one day see a crossover diamond design. "So, it's just something to think about for the future. Right now, we want to get Leestown widened and get the road completed out to Masterson Station and then we'll start looking at other potential improvements in the corridor," said Hancock.
Left to Right: Keith Lovan-Lexington Engineer, Shane Tedder-UK Sustainability Director, Van Meter Petitt-President Town Branch Trail, Incorporated
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News
A recreational trail project with historical significance in Lexington is moving forward. The governor Tuesday gave the organizers of the Town Branch Trail a big financial boost.
Using Lexington's birthplace, McConnell Springs as the backdrop, Governor Steve Beshear handed over to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray a replica of a $6.5 million check. "These greenways encourage alternative transportation and outdoor recreation and exercise, which in turn promote cleaner air, better public health, environmental awareness, tourism, and business," said Beshear.
Police vehicles at the scene of a shootout between a wanted man and police on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
Credit KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader
An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries. The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert.
Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.
Some Lexington area residents were hit twice this week by power outages. Electricity was interrupted for about an hour and a half Friday morning in parts of downtown, the University of Kentucky and portions of Nicholasville Road.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has climbed out of the recession. Gray offered an assessment of his first three years in office to Lexington Rotarians Thursday. The first term mayor admits job creation efforts never end. "Lexington has come out of the recession as a university city faster than other cities our size. Now, we have many challenges ahead of us. That's the nature of good management," said Gray.
After years of planning, Lexington's best Thoroughbred jockey is being honored with a downtown art garden. One speaker at Monday's groundbreaking called the late Isaac Murphy the "Lebron James of his time."
Fayette County public safety agencies are tuning in to a new emergency radio network. The digital radio system allows for seamless communications among first responders and offers clear reception inside buildings county wide.
Lexington Police Lieutenant Scott Blakely says the central Kentucky community is home to a one and a half to two million dollar weekly drug habit. While heroin-related overdose deaths are on a decline, the narcotics officer says crack cocaine use is on an uptick. Blakely says cocaine and heroin sales take place all over Lexington. "It is available from downtown to Heartland, from downtown to Beaumont. With heroin, it was everywhere. It's not just centered to downtown and neither is the cocaine and it never has been in Lexington," said Blakely.
Lexington's mayor Friday issued an executive order that will reinstate a program allowing personal use of police cruisers. The action by Mayor Jim Gray comes after the police union suspended a vote on a proposed 50 dollar monthly fee for personal use of vehicles.
Lexington's police union has suspended a vote on a cruiser "take home" policy originally scheduled to continue through the weekend. The proposed policy calls for a monthly 50 dollar fee for officers who want to use their vehicles for personal reasons. The issue may not be resolved until collective bargaining negotiations resume in early 2015.
Lexington's Mayor and sheriff, some pastors, and community activists gathered in Duncan Park Thursday to call for "peace walks" to put an end to recent violence in the city.
Fatal shootings involving young people area causing increased concerns about gun-related violence. Council Member Chris Ford says police are reaching out to community members. "They're trying to build a bond with our community and I'm gonna ask our community to, in turn, work with our police department, work with our church leaders, work with our community organizations," said Ford
Lexington city leaders hope to bring new life to vacant residential structures. Chip Crawford with the Vacant Property Review Commission delivered a report to Urban County Council members Tuesday. Crawford says one recommendation calls for increasing property taxes for houses in persistent disrepair. "We sort of view this as the last step, this and eminent domain as the last potential step, we hope that we've been able to come up with incentives and other opportunities way before it gets to that one year to two year period of being vacant or blighted," said Crawford