Haydon is new city attorney; water treatment method to change nex month

Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 — The Bardstown City Council made a little history Tuesday night when it approved Mayor Dick Heaton’s choice for new city attorney — Bardstown attorney Audrey Haydon.

Bardstown attorney Audrey Haydon was named the new city attorney at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Audrey is a Nelson County native and a 2003 graduate of Nelson County High. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in foreign service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. She graduated with honors in 2010.

After graduation, Haydon and her husband, Muncie McNamara, returned to Bardstown and joined her father’s law practice, forming Haydon & McNamara PSC.

Haydon is replacing Tim Butler, who has served as city attorney since 2015. Butler is not only stepping down as city attorney on Nov. 30th, he is also retiring from his law practice.

WATER PLANT CHANGE ORDER. The council approved the second and final change order regarding the city’s conversion of its water disinfection process. For decades, the city depended on chlorine as its main disinfectant for treating drinking water.

The project that is being completed will allow the city to move from chlorine to chloramine for disinfecting its drinking water.

The chloramine process adds ammonia to the disinfection process that uses chlorine. The chloramine process means that the city’s treated water will now be compatible with the treatment processes used by the Louisville Water Co.


City Engineer Jessica Filiatreau said the city expects to migrate to the new water treatment process during the first week of December.

The change in disinfection processes will not affect water customers who drink, wash or cook with city water. Filiatreau said that water customers who have fish will need to chemically treat the city water before using it in a fish tank.

The council gave its unanimous approval of the $6,456 change order.

PAWNBROKER ORDINANCE. The council gave initial approval to a revised pawnbroker ordinance after discussion about the ordinance at the past couple of meetings.

The revisions were triggered by an application for a pawnbroker’s license from Scott Thurman last month that the majority of the council felt it had to deny due to the way the city’s pawnbroker’s ordinance was worded.

The revisions add a five-year “look back” period for the search for “prior felony or misdemeanor convictions dealing with the subject of larceny or obtaining money under false pretence.”

Mayor Dick Heaton, center, talks with councilmen David Dones, left, and Roland “Coach Roe” Williams at the end of Tuesday’s Bardstown City Council meeting.

The ordinance originally had no look back period, meaning that any related conviction could make an applicant ineligible to obtain a pawnbroker’s license.

The revisions add a requirement that applicants agree to obtain a $1,000 bond.

In other business, the council —

— approved a request to provide water and sewer service to seven new residential lots to be developed in Tullamore Estates, located off Filiatreau Lane. The council also approved a request from the developer for a variance to build the development’s final cul-de-sac to match the 20-foot width of the other streets in the development.

— agreed to hold a swearing-in ceremony for the 2019 city council at noon on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

NEXT UP. The Bardstown City Council will next meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2018, in the city council chambers next to the Rec. Center gym.


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