News Digest, Sept. 18, 2013

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By The Staff

Weigh station to be closed

4 months for replacement

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s weigh station along eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County is closed and will remain closed until a new facility is built on the existing site.

Message boards along eastbound I-64 will notify truckers of the closed weigh station, and safety barrels will be placed on the weigh station’s entrance and exit ramps to prevent traffic from driving through the facility. The weigh station will remain closed for at least four months.  

The facility was built in the 1960s. Nearly 16,000 trucks rolled across its scales monthly.


Eminent domain bill filed

The battle against the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline got a new ally on Monday, when state Rep. John Tilley prefiled legislation that would make the law governing eminent domain clearer when issues arise such as those surrounding the pipeline.

“I want to make certain that the inherent rights of Kentuckians are secure and free from the unregulated use of eminent domain,” Tilley, who chairs the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, said in a release. “Our Constitution guarantees strong protections when it comes to property rights, and our statutes should be consistent with those values.

“We should strive to maintain the proper balance between those rights and economic development when it comes to safely transporting fossil fuels.  I believe the state needs to paint a brighter line on how pipelines like this are built and where they can be located.”
As proposed, the Bluegrass Pipeline would ship natural gas liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to Texas and Louisiana. The planned route in Kentucky includes 13 counties – including perhaps the southeastern edge of Shelby County – from Bracken in the northeast to an existing connection in Breckinridge.

Tilley’s bill would specify that any proposed oil and gas pipelines are available for “public use as a common carrier” for similar products, which is a more stringent guideline when compared to the current law that requires these pipelines only be of a “public service” when it comes eminent domain.  

Under his bill, the Public Service Commission (PSC) also would play a gatekeeper role if those constructing pipelines cannot reach agreement with private landowners.
Rep. Tilley’s legislation will be considered during the 2014 Regular Session, which begins Jan. 4.


Simpsonville man appointed

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Todd P. Lowe of Simpsonville to the board of trustees of the Kentucky Foundation for the Arts. Lowe, who is president at Parthenon LLC, would serve until Oct. 14, 2017.


Shelbyville City Council meets Thursday

The Shelbyville City Council will meet Thursday to consider a very short agenda. The council will hear the second reading on an ordinance to reset the city’s salary ranges, and there will be a proclamation for Junior Leadership Day. The council also will take public comments and hear reports from city departments. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington St.


Flags lowered for shootings

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sundown on Friday in honor of the victims of Monday’s Washington Navy Yard shooting tragedy. This order follows a proclamation from President Barack Obama ordering flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings to honor the victims.

“The Washington Navy Yard shooting was a senseless, unwarranted and sordid act of violence,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement. “Kentuckians and all Americans stand with the Washington community as we grieve and pray for the victims, their friends and families.”

Road work, projects

  • KY 1399:The roadway will be closed from 9 a.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Sunday between the railroad crossing and KY 1848 because of roadway relocation.
  • KY 55:Lane closures and delays are possible between Old Brunerstown Road and U.S. 60 because of a striping of new pavement. Lane closures also are possible between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today while an engineering firm surveys for underground utilities near the bridge over Bullskin Creek. Motorists will be flagged through the work zone.
  • I-64:Overnight delays and lane closures are possible between Exit 28 and just east of Exit 32 to accommodate work on the road widening project. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the westbound lanes.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.  The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.
  • KY 395:Lane closures and delays could occur from U.S. 60 for .6 of a mile south of this intersection because of laying of rumble strips.

WMS sets SBDM election

Voting for the minority representative for the Site-Based Decision-Making Council at West Middle School will be Friday in the West Middle office. Stop by during office hours to vote.

  • Collins High School’s SBDM council will meet at 4 p.m. today in the conference room. for its regular monthly meeting. There also will be a meeting on Oct. 9. The council set its schedule to meet on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18.


Grant applications accepted

The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of KY, Inc. is accepting applications from non-profit organizations for grants primarily in the areas of higher education, health and general welfare programs.

The KDSF of KY strives to fulfill the motto of “Caring for all God’s Children through Service In His Name.” The foundation in the past 6 years has awarded grants as a private foundation in excess of $650,000.

Applications may be requested by email at thekingsdaughtersandsons@gmail.com. Completed applications will be accepted through Oct. 31.


Angel Tree applications

The Shelby County Salvation Army unit Angel Tree application schedules for 2013 will be received at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of 7th and Washington streets in Shelbyville. Dates for receiving applications will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, 7, 10, 16, 22, 30; 2 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 3, 18, 24; and 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12.

Applicants must live in Shelby County and have a Social Security card for all children or a government document. Parents must bring an ID and proof of all household income, telephone numbers and sizes of all children (15 and under). Children of parents with tax ID number will not need a Social Security number. Salary range for a couple with one child must be $19,000, two children $22,600, three children $25,600 and four or more children $29,200. Do not bring children to the application process.

For more information, contact 321-6170.


Multi-Purpose board meeting 

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors will meet at 1:30 p.m. next Monday at the Multi-Purpose CAA’s Senior Center, located at 214 Frank E. Simon in Shepherdsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer Counties.


Burke to address Rotary

Charlene Burke, owner and chief operating officer of Search by Burke Marketing Group, an online marketing agency, will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday. Rotary meets at noon at Centenary United Methodist Church, located on the corner of 5th and Washington streets in Shelbyville. Meetings are open to the public, but there is a charge for lunch.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.