News Digest, Sept. 4, 2013

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Shelbyville City Council

to move on land purchase

The Shelbyville City Council is expected to agree on a land purchase deal during Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., which is at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

Mayor Tom Hardesty said he does expect the council to take action after a closed session, allowable under Kentucky Revised Statutes, to discuss the acquisition.

The city water company has been in discussions with several landowners about acquiring a location for a new water tower to service the downtown area.

The council also will hear the first reading of an ordinance to amend the salary ranges.

“That’s something we do every couple of years,” Hardesty said. “We just have to make sure everyone’s salary falls in range.”


State fair attendance up

More than 615,000 visitors traveled to the Kentucky Exposition Center in August to be part of the 109th Kentucky State Fair.

A report released by the state fair board says that ­­­­­615,648 visitors came through the gates, which was up slightly from last year, and that included a last day that had 9,000 more fairgoers than last year.

“We celebrated eleven days of Kentucky music, culture, agriculture and entertainment, and the response we heard was tremendous,” Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe said in a release announcing the figures. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”

The fair board touted a new weekend parking plan that included free parking at neighboring Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

 “The new parking plan worked as smoothly as we hoped,” Rippetoe said. “People who used it raved about it and we saw a marked difference in weekend traffic flow.”

More than 12,000 fairgoers took in the Casting Crowns concert and 15,000 saw Montgomery Gentry.

In addition, 29 competitive entry departments brought in more than 46,000 entries, an increase of more than 2,000 from last year.


Collins, Whitman appointed

Steve Collins of Shelbyville, a recent reappointment to the Kentucky Heritage Council, has been named the chair of the council by Gov. Steve Beshear. Collins is an attorney and funeral director for Hall-Taylor Funeral Home.

Beshear also announced that Paul Whitman, emergency management director for Shelby County, would serve on the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board. Whitman, who will represent emergency services disciplines, will serve a term expiring June 20, 2015.


Frankfort passes antidiscrimination ordinance

The Frankfort City Commission finally passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. The move makes Frankfort the fifth Kentucky city — alongside Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Vicco — with an ordinance protecting lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

The vote is the culmination of months of contentious debate both within the commission and the community.


Leadership program for eighth-graders

Shelby County Public Schools, Leadership Shelby and Shelby County Parks and Recreation are partnering for a Leadership Discovery Day for all eighth-graders who reside in Shelby County to “foster leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.”

The event, set for Sept. 21 at Clear Creek Park, is a free activity and will include a low-ropes course, a 10-plus-station obstacle course, local businesses, high school mentors and more. Lunch will be provided, and candidates should understand that all activities are outdoors.

An application form can be foundat www.shelby.kyschools.us and should be filled out and returned before Sept. 11 to either Shelby County High School, Collins High School or SCPS's central office.

Student drop-off will be between 8:30 and 9 a.m., with pickup between 4 and 4:30 p.m.


SBDM meetings

  • Simpsonville Elementary will have a special called meeting of its Site-Based Decision-Making Council Thursday in the library. It will be closed for personnel considerations.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the conference room. for its regular monthly meeting. The council set its schedule to meet on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18.


Road work, projects

  • 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.
  • 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 55:Lane closures and delays are possible between Old Brunerstown Road and U.S. 60 because of a repaving project. Millwork is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Lane closures and delays also are possible between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving.
  • KY 395:Lane closures and delays could occur from U.S. 60 for .6 of a mile south of this intersection because of repaving
  • KY 1399:Construction delays possible at the intersection with KY because of roadway relocation.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.