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Fiscal Court approves ECTC lease to use county-owned office building for adult ed

Magistrate Jerry Hahn enjoys greeting fellow Magistrate Jeff Lear Tuesday morning by showing Lear the scars on his leg from his recent tractor accident. Click to enlarge.

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2 p.m. — Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday morning approved a lease that will allow Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to use the former state employment office building on West Stephen Foster at no cost.

The college will conduct their adult education programs in the 3,200 square-foot building, Judge Executive Dean Watts told the court. These services include the GED program and a variety to workforce testing services and training programs that are vital to local employers.

While the lease gives ECTC free use of the building, the college will be responsible for reimbursing the county for the building’s utility costs.

Watts said that the adult education component has been a fixture in the community for many years, and this lease will make sure it has a base of operations.

The adult education program was previously operated as an outreach of Bardstown City Schools. The city school board of education voted in September 2015 to end its involvement in the program.

Magistrates Sam Hutchins and Keith Metcalfe listen as Judge Executive Dean Watts explains a matter before Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday morning.

HAHN RETURNS. Magistrate Jerry Hahn made a triumphant return to his first fiscal court meeting since he suffered a serious leg injury weeks ago in an overturned farm tractor accident.

Hahn expressed his gratitude for the well-wishes he received during his hospitalization and recovery.

SHORT TERM RENTAL REGULATIONS. The magistrates approved first reading of the ordinance to clarify definitions related to beds and breakfast and short-term rental establishments.

The new regulations set guidelines for the new housing category for short-term rentals, which have been booming in popularity in Bardstown, particularly in and around the historic district.

There are 42 short-term rentals currently approved in Nelson County, offering 108 rooms to the community.

Following questions about the impact of the regulations from Magistrate Keith Metcalfe, the court voted its unanimous approval.

PAVING REQUEST. The court approved Magistrate Bernard Ice’s road paving request for the fiscal year that begins July 1 totalling $133,668.33. Ice’s list includes repaving the following roads in his district:

– Clear Creek Drive. 2640 linear feet beginning at US 62.
– High Pine Drive. 100 linear feet beginning at the Clear Creek Drive intersection.
– Hubbards Lane. A total of $7,400 linear feet.
– Old Nelsonville Road. 5,600 linear feet, from KY 52 to US 62.

In other business, the court also:

– was advised that the county’s garbage pickup for Memorial Day week would be delayed one day from the normal pickup day.

– approved a bid of $31,866 for painting of the interior of the Old Courthouse. The first floor agencies will each help pay for the costs of painting the first floor, Watts said.

– approved a bid of $55.99 per delivered ton for road salt for a maximum of 1,200 tons.

– approved first reading on a zoning amendment for Nally and Haydon Holdings and Greg & Rebecca Brothers in regard to berms and screening for the property.

– approved the reappointment of Molly Mattingly to the Nelson County Public Library board of trustees, and the appointment of Rachel Briney to the board.

– approved the appointment of Nicky Rapier to the North Nelson Water District board of directors.

– heard that the county’s solid waste department is looking to hire a garbage truck tipper/operator. The job opening is currently being advertised.

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