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Budget meeting held to work on 2014-15

Louisa has $250,000 budget surplus, employees want 5% raise; $100K in street repair funds on hand...

Department heads and city council members met for a special budget workshop earlier this week. Lazer photo by Elizabeth Moore.Department heads and city council members met for a special budget workshop earlier this week. Lazer photo by Elizabeth Moore.

 

LOUISA, Ky. -- Louisa City Council met for a special meeting Tuesday night. Mayor, Teddy Preston was not present for the third straight time due to illness. Council member Gloria Johnson was elected to act as Mayor pro-tem.

The meeting was called to start work on the City Budget for next year which is due July 1. Representatives from the City Police, Sanitation, and the Fire Departments were in attendance. City Clerk Kathy Compton confirmed that the city has $250,000 in budget surplus funds left over from this year.

Veteran city council member Gloria Johnson was elected mayor pro-tem for the meeting in the absence of mayor Ted Preston who is recovering from back surgery.Veteran city council member Gloria Johnson was elected mayor pro-tem for the meeting in the absence of mayor Ted Preston who is recovering from back surgery.The department heads asked for a 5% raise for all city employees but not water department workers. waterworks director David McGuire did not attend the session. Council member Raymond Dixon asked about a city personnel policy before any raises are considered. Any raises given need to be merit based and not across the board, he said.

The city has gone from being consistenly at least $90,000 in the red each year to having surplus money partly because of the annexation of the Rt. 23 strip and the extra property tax it has brought in and also due to better oversight and management by the council in the past year, Ms. Johnson said.

Police chief Greg Fuggit told the council that the 3 new police officers, all under 26 years old,  will not be taking the insurance provided by the city due to them being on their parents insurance. He said this saves the city $36,000 because the city pays for 90% and that is about $11,000 a year for each of them.

The council also discussed the city pool and the fact that is costs the city more to operate than it takes in but took no action. And it was noted that the fire department has $59,000 on hand but member Cory Longstreth said the department has to pay $50,000 for the two recently purchased fire engines plus getting decal work on them. She also said the department needs some cash on hand for emergencies and unforseen expenses.

City Clerk Kathy Compton, right, went over figures with the council members and department heads at the meeting.City Clerk Kathy Compton, right, went over figures with the council members and department heads at the meeting.City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams said the city has a $60,000 grant for street repairs coming and another $35,000 in the street repair account. There was no mention of when or how that money will be spent. City streets are in perhaps the worst shape they have been in for several years, Johnson noted. She said the city needs to come up with enough money to patch and/or blacktop the streets as soon as possible and the council agreed. 

The budget workshop was held so that the budget issues would not take up so much of the regular meeting time and nothing was voted on. There will be several more meetings before the final budget is voted and accepted, Ms. Johnson said.


UPDATE: May 5, 2014

Final ballot for May Primary, 2014;

 

UPDATED May 5, 2014

57 candidates file to run in Lawrence County, one more than four years ago; Only one woman...

Democrat candidate Nick Robinette has informed The Lazer that he has not dropped out from the District 1 magistrate race and has been campaigning every day.

 

County Clerk Chris Jobe announced today that 56 candidates have signed up to run in the May 2014 Primary election in Lawrence County, almost exactly the number that ran four years ago. In county-wide races the Judge/Executive and Jailer's races promise to be interesting with multiple candidates for both positions.

Colleen Stone is the only female on the county part of the ballot.

We have been adding to this story in weekly updates since the books opened on Nov. 6, 2013 for the convenience of our viewers and have received over 10,500 individual views on it.

See the final list of candidates by office and and in order of when they signed up to run below. Jobe said the candidates will meet this week to draw for poll position. 

Here is the FINAL list: On right candidates are listed as they will appear on the Primary ballot. Some are not listed because they have no opponent in the Primary. Jobe did not have access to the names of District Judge in Johnson, Lawrence and Martin Co. Division I when this article first was posted.  Veteran Division I judge Susan Johnson did not register to seek the office and candidates John Chafin, Paul Pack and Howe E. Baker registered in Frankfort and were included in the first list issued by the Sec. of State's office. 

Ballot positions for May 2014 PrimaryBallot positions for May 2014 Primary

 

County Clerk

Chris Jobe (R)

James A. Perry  (R)

 

Sheriff

Garrett Roberts (D)

Timothy Moore (D)

Harm Russell Lemaster


Lawrence Co. Attorney

Everette "Kenny" Preston (D)

Michael T. Hogan (R)

 

Lawrence Co. Jailer

Billy D. Hall (D)

George E. Williams (D)

Roger Lee Jordan (R)

Jim Burchett (D)

Herbie Parks (D)

Lloyd Williams (R)

Alfred L (Butch) Smith (R)

James P. "Jim" Kelly (D)

 

County Judge/Executive

John A. Osborne )D)

Mike Mckinney (D)

Rick May (R)

Harold Slone (D)

 

PVA

Chris Rose (D)

Coroner

Travis Hughes (R)

Mike Wilson (D)

County Surveyor

Cliff West (D)

 

Magistrate

District 1

Morris Howard (D)

Charles D. Whitt (D)

Mikel Compton (D)

Terry D. Preece (R)

Paul L. Phelps (D)

 District 2

John J. Lemaster (D)

David C. Daniels (R)

Mark A Hardin (R )

Johnny Dale King, Jr. (R)

Brian Blackburn (D)

James Ball (D)

District 3

Earl Boggs, Jr. (R) 

Timothy J. Wheeler (D) 

Tracy Moore (R)

John "Tony" Lester (D) 

Jerry Lafe Sparks (R)

District 4

Denver Chaffin (D)

Rick Blackburn (R)

Ray Calhoun (R)

James "Jamie" Shannon (R)

Colleen Stone (D)

Blake Shannon Preece(R)

 

Constable

District 1

Forest P. "Flip" Diamond (D)

Paul D. Wells (D)

Larry D. Bellomy (R)

District 2

James 'JD' Dalton (D) 

Jason W. Stepp (R)  

William Collins (D)

District 3

Daniel Castle (R) 

Dennis Marcum (D)

District 4

Billy Lemaster (D)

Eddie Marcum (D)

Banner Castle (D)

 

State government officials running in Lawrence Co.:

 

96th District State Rep. (Lawrence and Carter

Jill York, (R) Grayson, Ky.

Barry Webb (D) Webbville, Ky.

Derrick E. Willis (D) Grayson, Ky.

 

Judge of the Court of Appeals (non-partisan) will run in Nov.

Janet Stumbo

W. Kent Varney

 

District Judge, Division 1

Johnson, Lawrence and Martin Counties

John Chafin

Paul Pack

Howe E. Baker


April 1, 2014

Severe weather hits the region...one road closure so far in Lawrence County...
 

 

The Falls at Fallsburg Campground was running high Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains drenched the areaThe Falls at Fallsburg Campground was running high Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains drenched the area

By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- Heavy rain, storms, and hail fell upon Lawrence County and the surrounding area, beginning Monday afternoon April 28 through Wednesday, April 30, resulting in high water, fallen trees, and one road closure.

Hail ball ...pic by Barbara JudeHail ball ...pic by Barbara JudeThere were several reports of hail Tuesday afternoon, and a large tree fell on Rt. 581 at Ulysses early Wednesday morning causing the road to be completely impassable, requiring removal by a road crew.

According to Michael Woods, Emergency Management (EM) Director,  Brushy Fork Road .5 miles from KY Route 707 had to be closed due to a slip and washout. Mudlick Road near the Rt. 3 intersection was covered due to flooding, and hail was reported in several different areas.

According to the National Weather Forecast, the storms have moved out of the area and Thursday, the first day of May, should be cool, but free of rain. Isolated showers may move back in later in the week.

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Brushy Fork road collapsedBrushy Fork road collapsed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A large tree had to_be removed after it fell across Rt. 581 at Ulysses early Wednesday morningA large tree had to_be removed after it fell across Rt. 581 at Ulysses early Wednesday morning

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