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Tree Week 2019: A week of tree-centric activities in Lexington, celebrating trees’ impact on environment

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Tree Week 2019 celebrates Lexington’s trees and the myriad ways they impact everyone’s lives. Venues around Lexington will be hosting family-friendly educational, recreational and community activities for all ages and interests from Oct. 12-19. The free, week-long celebration is coordinated by the Urban Forest Initiative in collaboration with a variety...

UK stream restoration project to improve water quality, provide outdoor classroom for students

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The first phase of a stream restoration project on the University of Kentucky campus has begun. When all phases of the project are completed in late fall, water runoff from the fields and adjacent parking lots will be controlled, which will result in improved water quality, area beautification and an outdoor learning laboratory for UK students. If all that...

Court of Appeals sends open records fight over Lexington surveillance cameras back to lower court

The Court of Appeals on Friday required a lower court to again review the case involving Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s (“LFUCG”) refusal to release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued two years ago by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents....

The Arboretum’s ‘Party for the Planet’ is rooted in Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky It’s Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet that sustains billions and billions of humans, animals and plants. Party for the Planet, The Arboretum’s annual rite of spring, will be “Spreading Roots” during a month of events that offers special workshops and activities focused on environmental topics for adults and children. As in past...

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration called a catalyst for inspiration, hope

By Gail Hairston University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other community sponsors present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. Actor, poet, singer, composer and author Daniel Beaty will serve as the keynote speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo from...

LFUCG is searching for volunteers with interest in local waterways for water quality testing

Lexington residents who have an interest in our local waterways may be interested in an upcoming opportunity to participate in sampling the water quality of our creeks. LFUCG will be holding a workshop to train interested citizens on how to collect water samples. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 21 from 9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant at 301 Lisle...

Keven Moore: The pedestrian scramble — be sure to look both ways before crossing with the crowd

Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the implementation of Lexington’s first all-way pedestrian crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” at the intersection of Prall Street and South Limestone. When I first read about this...

Judge rules LFUCG fails to meet burden of proof, must turn over surveillance camera records

A judge has ruled Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) must release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued last year by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents through an Open Records Act request. LPD denied Maharrey’s request, citing a statute...

City of Lexington Division of Water Quality wins environmental awards for engineering, water quality

The Division of Water Quality won two prestigious awards last week for improving Lexington’s environment. ACEC Award Presentation (Photo from LFUCG) The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky awarded its 2018 Grand Award to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its Town Branch Wet Weather Flow Storage and Pumping Station project. The 22-million gallon wet weather storage...

State Botanical Garden of Kentucky to celebrate Earth Month with annual Party for the Planet

April is Earth Month, and this year The Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, will be cultivating connections all month long through their annual celebration, Party for the Planet. With the support of presenting sponsor Kentucky Utilities, the annual party offers special activities focused on environmental topics and is designed to help adults and children connect with nature. Bring the...

City of Lexington implements Nextdoor social network to better connect citizens to services

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has started using Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city and county-wide communications by connecting with residents on a hyper-local level. The City joins the Lexington Police Department and Lexington Emergency Management on Nextdoor, both of whom are celebrating one year on the platform. “Using Nextdoor, we can send...

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...

City of Lexington Waste Management adjusts trash collection schedule for holiday season

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Residents and businesses whose regular curbside waste collection day falls on a holiday will be serviced on Wednesday instead. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Thursday and Friday customers will be serviced the...

AARP Kentucky announces Bowling Green, Lexington winners of the Community Challenge

AARP Kentucky announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Parks and Recreation. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to...

New UK Cooperative Service program teaches about the risks of overuse of phosphorus on lawns

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists show up at the front door, easels and flyers in hand, it’s obvious they’re serious about their subject matter and they’re happy to share their knowledge with the neighborhood. A new UK Cooperative Extension Service program, No P On My Lawn, takes information directly to neighborhoods in Fayette County and surrounding...

Lexington to open cooling centers in three locations to help residents battle against the heat wave

Shillito pool With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 100 degrees this week, Lexington officials plan to open multiple cooling centers. The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Saturday, July 22. Rooms at Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway...

Lexington officials seeking public input on future of city’s five public golf courses through survey

Fore! The City needs to hear what you think about Lexington’s five golf courses. Lexington is asking citizens to fill out a survey to help chart the future of Lakeside, Tates Creek, Meadowbrook, Gay Brewer at Picadome and Kearney Hill golf courses. Those who respond to the survey will have an opportunity to win one of 10 free rounds of golf for two people, including a golf cart. The survey is found...

Local businesses, community organizations invited to Summer Youth Job Training Program breakfast

The Summer Youth Job Training Program will host an informational breakfast for local businesses and community-based organizations on Monday, March 27, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Building, 101 E. Vine Street. Community stakeholders will learn how they can partner with the city of Lexington to provide career opportunities to Lexington youth at no cost to them. All Lexington-based businesses...

Lexington’s city vacuum leaf collection set to begin Nov. 9; will continue through December

Lexington’s 2016 vacuum leaf collection program will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and is scheduled to continue through Thursday, Dec. 22. The vacuum pickup is offered once a year for single-family homes that receive city waste collection service. Vacuuming will occur Mondays – Saturdays. To find your scheduled week and sign up for text reminders, use the interactive map at www.lexingtonky.gov/leaves....

Careful strategic planning for natural or man-made disasters no accident

As we watched certain disasters unfold on our television screens, thanks to Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole, we also saw early warnings for evacuations, teams of officials move citizens to safety or sweep in for dramatic rescues, others ramp up services to those displaced – and then comes the aftermath challenge of putting things back together. None of this response to natural (or man-made) disasters...