Construction of MetroNet’s new fiber optic network will make Lexington nation’s largest gigabit city

Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday announced an agreement with MetroNet to build a fiber-optic network in Lexington, making good on his promise to give citizens a new choice in television providers, and to transform Lexington into a gigabit city with ultrafast internet access that will attract high tech businesses and good jobs. Indiana-based MetroNet plans to start building its fiber-optic network in January...

Former city planning commissioner Smith named to Urban County Government Council by Gray

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Friday named Joseph M. Smith the new Urban County council member for the second district, replacing Sasha Love Higgins. “Joe is well prepared to be a council member,” said Gray. “He has been active in his neighborhood, in public service and is a Lexington native who cares about his hometown. He brings energy and experience to the Second District seat.” Joseph...

Gray asks council to use Lexington’s budget surplus to increase the ‘investment in our youth’

With the Urban County Council set to begin its deliberations Thursday on how to spend a surplus from the budget year that ended June 30, Mayor Jim Gray has proposed a variety of investments with emphasis on young people, according to a press release from his office. “Our public schools are facing some real challenges, including an achievement gap that is unacceptable to all of us,” Gray said. “We’ve...

Town Branch Commons moving forward
with $50M private fundraising campaign

Town Branch Commons (Rendering courtesy Please SCAPE/Landscape Architecture and MIR)   Town Branch Commons, a winding downtown park that will follow the path of Lexington’s historic water source and connect the urban core with rural landscapes, is moving forward with private fundraising.   The Urban County Council recently authorized the Blue Grass Community Foundation to launch a $50 million...

Students will get to ask all the questions
at Lexington Urban County Council debate

The tables will be turned next week when Fayette County Public Schools students get to ask all the questions during “A Critical Debate” featuring Lexington’s six Urban County Council at-large candidates.   The debate will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Norsworthy Auditorium, located at the Fayette County Public Schools main offices at 701 E. Main St.   Students,...

Urban County Council will try to sell lease on land where emergency center was to be built

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council has taken the first step toward selling a long-term lease the city holds on 16 acres at Coldstream Research Campus, Mayor Jim Gray said.   The city and Commerce Lexington are working with an economic development client interested in the property. Under the terms of the proposed agreement with the client the sale would not be final until the property is...

Beshear signs bill to implement pension reform for Lexington police and firefighters

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the presidents of the city’s fire and police unions today to sign House Bill 430, which implements the city’s pension reform plan for police and fire department employees. The agreement is expected to save $140 million over 30 years.   Lexington’s police and fire pension, which has a $296 million unfunded liability, will be set on a...