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Kentucky League of Cities announces annual award winners for various government officials, entities

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the City Government of the Year. For 2020, there were more than 50 awards nominations. “Part of our KLC mission is to support innovation and quality governance,” said J.D. Chaney, KLC Executive Director/CEO. “The annual awards program shines a light on the...

KLC estimates a collective budget shortfall of $85 million for Kentucky’s cities due to coronavirus

Kentucky cities are facing an estimated collective budget shortfall of $85 million in Fiscal Year 2020 as a result of lost tax, utility, and other revenues due to COVID-19. A Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) study conducted last week shows many municipalities will be forced to take drastic action to make up the deficit if Congress does not act to provide direct financial assistance to local governments...

County Employee Retirement System wants better representation over retirement plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed by the County Employee Retirement System to address their concerns about under-representation on the Kentucky Retirement Systems board cleared a House committee on Monday. Bryanna Carroll with the Kentucky League of Cities says while CERS has 76 percent of the assets and make up 64 percent of the KRS membership, they only have 35 percent of the seats on the...

Back and forth dominates Monday’s subcommittee meeting regarding future of Ky’s pension system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Separation of the County Employees Retirement System from the rest of the Kentucky Retirement Systems dominated the discussion during a meeting of the KRS Administrative Subcommittee on Monday. Three options discussed by both CERS and KRS officials are keeping things the way they are, giving CERS some autonomy or complete separation from KRS. Bryanna Carroll, director...

Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell elected president of Kentucky League of Cities

Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell has been elected president of the Kentucky League of Cities by its membership, with Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf as first vice president and London Mayor Troy Rudder as second vice president. Left to right: Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell, Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf and London Mayor Troy Rudder. (Photo courtesy of KLC) The officers were sworn...

Kentucky League of Cities names its annual awards; top Mayor is Steve Austin of Henderson

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the new City Government of the Year for innovative city programs and projects.  The winners were recognized on September 18 during the KLC Conference & Expo.  KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners this week.     The Elected City Official...

Letter to the Editor: Workers’ Comp Reforms are good for private and public employers

Private and public-sector employers do not always agree, but when we do come together progress is almost always made for our state. This was the case during this past session of the General Assembly when legislators from both sides of the aisle along with a broad coalition of employers from the public and private sectors worked to pass reforms to Kentucky’s workers’ compensation system for the...

Michael J. Schmitt: PSC Chairman explains process for consideration of rate increase requests

Many Kentuckians may be unaware of the role of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in their daily lives Paraphrasing our mission statement, the PSC fosters the safe, reliable service of utilities to customers at a price that is both reasonable and also allows for the financial stability of the regulated utilities.This includes rates and service for a myriad of utilities, including electricity, natural...

KY PSC decision reduces total burden on Kentucky Power Co. residential ratepayers through 2018

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has trimmed by about four-fifths of a base rate increase sought by Kentucky Power Co., and has substantially scaled back the company’s demand-side management (DSM) programs and the customer surcharges that pay for those programs. The net effect of the two orders issued Thursday will be that residential customers using the same amount of electricity will...

Kentucky League of Cities presents Sen. Damon Thayer 2017 Friend of Kentucky Cities award

Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was honored with a Friend of Kentucky Cities award Wednesday in Frankfort. The Friend of Kentucky Cities award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state. KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney and KLC Director of Governmental Affairs...

Kentucky League of Cities names annual award winners at annual conference in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards for innovative city programs and projects. The winners were recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo in Covington. KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners in coming weeks. The Elected City Official of the Year...

Kentucky League of Cities annual meeting brings city officials from across state to Northern Kentucky

Themed “Engage. Evolve. Emerge. Next Generation Cities,” the annual meeting of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) begins tomorrow at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. As Kentucky’s largest annual training event for city officials, the KLC Conference & Expo will feature more than 50 workshops and sessions with more than 500 people expected to attend. Speaskers for...

P3 Kentucky Roundtable leadership group expands membership, adds six industry leaders

Two major law firms, a leading highway construction company, the state’s largest water utility, one of the region’s largest accounting and advisory firms as well as a regional business leadership organization have joined the P3 Kentucky Roundtable, a group of thought leaders working to help build much-needed public infrastructure across Kentucky through private investment and financing. Kentucky’s...

Dept. of Insurance to return $1m each to member schools, KLCIS related to failure of company

The Franklin Circuit Court has approved an agreed judgment to return funds from the defunct Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust (KSBIT) to nearly 200 Kentucky schools, colleges and education groups and to the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services Association (KLCIS).  Under the terms of the settlement negotiated by Department of Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard, who serves as court-appointed...

Lawmakers question plan to apply cap to plan to provide cities with addition state road aid

Cities want more state road aid, according to testimony given to state lawmakers Wednesday, and local officials say they have a plan to get it that won’t hurt counties. But not all lawmakers seemed convinced, with some requesting more information about the proposal. The Kentucky League of Cities’ plan would set an $825 million cap on state road funds distributed through a state 1948 revenue-sharing...

Bevin names three to Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, trio to state dentistry board

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions: Claude J. Christensen, David A. Voegele and Robert A. Amato have been appointed to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. Christensen, of Sadieville, is the Mayor of the City of Sadieville. He will represent the Kentucky League of Cities and will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2020. Voegele, of LaGrange, is...

Kentucky by Heart: Bobbie Bryant’s Tobacco in the Black Patch brings back childhood memories

The Tobacco barn (Bobbie Smith Bryant photos) By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward I reflected on my youth around the family tobacco farm recently while reading Farming in the Black Patch (Acclaim Press, 2015), by author Bobbie Smith Bryant. The book is a well-done account of Bryant’s family (Smiths and a few others) raising dark-fired tobacco in the westernmost part of Kentucky, called the “Black...

Increased funding for 9-1-1 call centers among top legislative priorities for Kentucky’s cities, panel told

Kentucky’s cities have placed increased 9-1-1 call center funding at the top of their state legislative wish list for the second year in a row. Officials from the Kentucky League of Cities appeared before the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government today requesting that lawmakers pass legislation next year that would raise the 911 call center fee on wireless phone users to what they call “a...

Commentary: Can you imagine a day without water? Here’s to hoping you never have to

  By Cheryl Norton Special to KyForward   If you read something about “our infrastructure falling apart,” you would probably picture potholes in the road and rusted-out bridges that need to be replaced. But that’s just the infrastructure you can easily see every day. There is a whole universe of it under our feet that, in many places, is much older than the roads we drive on.   Underground,...

Commentary: Can you imagine a day without water? Here's to hoping you never have to

  By Cheryl Norton Special to KyForward   If you read something about “our infrastructure falling apart,” you would probably picture potholes in the road and rusted-out bridges that need to be replaced. But that’s just the infrastructure you can easily see every day. There is a whole universe of it under our feet that, in many places, is much older than the roads we drive on.   Underground,...