News Digest, June 5, 2013

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By The Staff

State will bump gas tax again on July 1

Kentucky state law will kick in on July 1 and automatically raise the state's gas tax 2.4 cents a gallon. The law has raised the state's gas tax in nine of the last 10 years.

The state will collect an additional $72 million in tax revenue as Kentucky's tax on a gallon of gasoline goes to 32.3 cents, almost twice the gas tax we were paying a decade ago.

The law partly ties the gas tax rate to the average wholesale price of gasoline.

The state representative who chairs the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Hubert Collins (D-Wittensville), told The Courier-Journal that if the price of gas were to come down, the anticipated July 1 tax increase would come off.

And there's already an 18.4-cent-a-gallon federal gas tax in place. That means almost 51 cents in state and federal taxes are collected on each gallon sold in Kentucky, which is slightly higher than the national average of 49 cents.


Fishing act gets signature

President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Freedom to Fish Act, which for 2 years will prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from putting up barriers along the Cumberland River. The corps' original plan would have restricted fishing access on the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek dams.

Kentucky and Tennessee lawmakers have been working on the issue since February. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced the bill in the Senate, and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) introduced the companion bill in the House. In May, the bill passed the Senate and the House.


Collins reopens SBDM election

Collins High School notified parents and guardians of its students alerting them to new state guidelines that require parents of eighth-grade students to serve on the Site-Based Decision-Making Council for West Middle School rather than the high school. Parents of eighth-graders at Shelby County High School have similar requirements at East Middle School.

Collins, however, had conducted elections for its SBDM that included parents for eighth-graders, which means that election must be conducted again.

The council has reopened the nomination process for one parent to serve from July 1 through June 30, 2014, and another to serve from July 1 through June 30, 2015. Nominations should be submitted to Leesa Stivers at Leesa.Stivers@shelby.kyschools.usno later than 3 p.m. Friday. Voting will take place at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14 at the school.

For questions, contact Stivers at Leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us or 502-647-1160.

§  East Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization will decide this week two parent representatives to serve on the Site-Based Decision-Making Council. Voting will take place at 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. today.


Road closings, delays scheduled

  • I-64:Lane closures and delays are possible between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday, between the Welcome Center and a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening. On Saturdays the hours are 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed due to ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South.
  • 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 between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving. 
  • WASHINGTON STREET: Lane closures and delays are possible at the intersection with 7th Street because of utility work by Time Warner Cable. Lane closures are possible weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • KY 1399:Construction delays possible at the intersection with KY because of roadway relocation.


Triple S meeting Thursday

A request to subdivide a farm that was postponed last week by the Triple S Planning Commission will be taken up at a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Shelbyville City Hall.

The request involves the Payne Farm, at 3577 Rockbridge Road, which the owners want to split it into four tracts. The property is zoned Agricultural.

The commission had to postpone the decision because no one was at the meeting to represent the division. Some adjoining property owners were in attendance and asked what would happen if the tracts were to be sold before the next scheduled meeting of Triple S, which is June 18. The property is up for auction on June 8.


First rabies clinic is Saturday

The annual rabies vaccine clinics for 2013 get under way this week.

The first will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Finchville Ruritan Club, hosted by Finchville Animal Hospital and Dr. Catherine Whelen White.

There also will be clinics at 10 a.m. to noon on June 15 at Bagdad Ruritan Club, hosted by Kresin Vet Clinic and Dr. Jennifer Way, and 10 a.m. to noon on July 29 at Shelby County Fairgrounds, hosted by Kresin Vet Clinic and Dr. Jessie Herman.

Rabies vaccines are $5 each, and only cash will be accepted.

County licenses will be available for $5 (normally $10).

All dogs must be on a leash, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers. Owners are responsible for the safe handling of their pets.


Multi-Purpose sets election, meeting

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency will hold a public election on June 19 for low-income board representatives in Bullitt and Shelby Counties. Voting will be at senior center on Washington Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone 18 years of age or older and living within the county is eligible to vote. Multi-Purpose also will have its next board meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 3 at the Spencer County Fiscal Court Room located in Taylorsville.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.