Mayor Jim Gray

Lexington Continuing Along "Gigabit Road"

Oct 20, 2016
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Work continues on making Lexington a so-called "gigabit city."  The transition to super high speed internet is expected to take years.

Officials began discussing moving to high speed internet countywide two years ago.  City officials says many communities across the country are wrestling with process and cost issues.  A public/private partnership is anticipated in Fayette County. 

Chilton Named Lexington's New Fire Chief

Mar 24, 2016
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The city of Lexington has a new fire chief.  The announcement came Thursday from Mayor Jim Gray. 

Kristin Chilton is Lexington’s first female fire chief. She has more than two decades of firefighting experience in the bluegrass.

Lexington Mayor Urges Citizens to Stay Inside

Jan 22, 2016
kentucky.com

    

Lexington officials are asking citizens to stay in today if at all possible.  Mayor Jim Gray says road crews have been preparing for this snowstorm for about a week.

The mayor says extra help to clear roads will be called in from several divisions along with private contractors.  

Citizens are being reminded not to park along marked snow emergency routes.  Emergency shelters will be open continuously through the weekend and the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan will be out looking for people. 

Lexington Council Votes to Increase City Minimum Wage

Nov 20, 2015
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After some eight months of debate, Lexington’s city council has approved a minimum wage increase.  Council heard public comments Thursday night right up until the last minute. 

After hearing comments from more than 30 residents, followed by discussion among council members, a vote on the proposal to raise the minimum wage was taken.

Valvoline Breaks Ground on Global Headquarters in Lexington

Nov 16, 2015
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Valvoline has called Lexington home for more than three decades and now the company has decided to build its global headquarters in the bluegrass.  Corporate and government officials celebrated Monday with a ground breaking in Lexington.  President Sam Mitchell says the decision to stay in Lexington just reaffirms the company’s commitment to the community.  “It’s been our headquarters for the last 35 years, so we’re making a long term commitment to stay right here in Lexington,” said Mitchell.  “It’s a great place to live.  Our employees love it here and there’s a lot of talent here too, s

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The city of Lexington is demanding Centre Point developers take necessary steps to fill in the large hole in the center of downtown.  A written notice was delivered to the Webb Companies office Tuesday afternoon.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is satisfied with his administration's previous accomplishments, and optimistic about future initiatives. 

Gray expressed those sentiments Tuesday during the annual State of the City address.

Right off the top of his 26 minute speech, the mayor told city business and civic leaders that 2015 looks positive.  "I am proud to report the state of our city is strong and promising," said Gray.

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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. 

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Representatives of some of Kentucky’s largest cities are continuing to push for a local sales tax option.  The question is before the General Assembly in the form of bills from both the House and the Senate.  If approved by legislators, and by voters in a statewide referendum, communities could vote on raising taxes by an additional penny per dollar to pay for local projects.