Category Archives: Political

The Political happenings of Madison County, KY

Preliminary Work to Begin on U.S. 25 North

Work is expected to begin on moving utilities for the widening of U.S. 25 to three lanes. Berea City Administrator Randy Stone said the $8 million project will run from Ellipse Street to the Berea Bypass, and may be completed by June of 2019. The project will include shared use paths for bicycles.

The initial work on the widening of U.S. 25 North is slated to begin the first week of February, setting in motion a project that has been in the works for several years. Next month, the moving of utility lines will begin, though some have already been relocated. Continue reading Preliminary Work to Begin on U.S. 25 North

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter

Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

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Berea City Council Faces Million Dollar Question on Hazardous Duty

The City of Berea will pay at least $580,000 more annually for non-hazardous retirement benefits for its employees in the next fiscal year. That is a certainty. But it may pay an additional $550,000 every year for a total of $1.1 million if the city enrolls police and fire personnel in hazardous duty retirement coverage. $550K or $1.1 million. Council members were presented with that financial dilemma Monday night when officials met in a special called meeting to discuss Berea’s participation in the County Employees Retirement System (CERS). The city has been enrolled in non-hazardous coverage since 1992. Continue reading Berea City Council Faces Million Dollar Question on Hazardous Duty

Madison County Government Offices Have Moved

Effective January 8, 2018, the Madison County Fiscal Court moved the following departments to the Madison County Courthouse Annex located at 135 West Irvine Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond, KY:

• Planning and Zoning (formerly on Madison Ave.)
• Human Resources (formerly on First St.)
• Finance (formerly on First St.)
• Information Technology (including GIS) (formerly on Madison Ave.)
• Judge Executive’s Office (formerly on West Main St.): THIS MOVE OCCURS IN FEBRUARY 2018

Please note all PO Boxes and phone numbers will remain the same. If you mail to a non-PO box, please change your information to reflect the Courthouse Annex address above.

A Year of Extraordinary Accomplishment

Mitch McConnell

In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent. Continue reading A Year of Extraordinary Accomplishment

The City of Berea’s Accomplishments for 2017: 35 Highlights

The City of Berea completed several projects in 2017, improving the infrastructure of the city, creating a positive atmosphere for job and business creation, and keeping Berea on solid financial footing, all while addressing the future needs of the community. Here’s just a sample of what the City of Berea accomplished in 2017:

  1. Property was acquired for shared use trails that will link up as much as 15 miles of trails around Berea, expanding tourism options for visitors and creating new health and recreation resources for local residents.
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McConnell Helps Secure Multi-Million Dollar Federal Grant to Expand Conservation Efforts in Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarded a $4.99 million competitive federal grant to The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky (TNC).

TNC will coordinate with its partners in Tennessee and Virginia to support the conservation of private lands and important fish and wildlife habitats in Eastern Kentucky. Senator McConnell contacted the NRCS in support of TNC’s application. Continue reading McConnell Helps Secure Multi-Million Dollar Federal Grant to Expand Conservation Efforts in Kentucky