News Briefs for May 4

May 04, 2004

Lancaster passes nuisance ordinance

LANCASTER - Lancaster City Council on Monday night approved a tough public-nuisance ordinance that allows the city to place a lien on the home of offenders.

Under the ordinance, which targets unkempt yards, junk cars and dilapidated homes, police would issue a notice warning tenants or homeowners that they have five days to correct the problem. If the nuisance isn't fixed, the city will do it and charge for it. The city would then place a lien on the property for any unpaid charges.

"I think if we show that we're seriously going to attack this problem it could alleviate problems down the road," said council member Donna Powell.


In other business, the council also gave its approval for city officials to pursue a new 41-year agreement to sell water to the city of Crab Orchard.

Lancaster sells Crab Orchard 3 million to 31/2 million gallons of water a month for $1.70 per 1,000 gallons, said Millard Rose, the city's interim utilities manager. Rates are negotiated every three years.

The current rate is locked in until 2006.

Casey Recycling Center charges fees

LIBERTY - When Casey County opened a recycling center a few years ago, the service was free to county residents who wanted to drop off white metal goods. Later, residents were allowed to drop off garbage free of charge.

Casey Fiscal Court decided Monday to impose a fee for dropping off everything except white metal, which can be sold for recycling.

"We want to treat everyone the same," said Judge-Executive Ronald Wright.

"People on garbage pickup pay ($10 per month). Those not on pickup can bring garbage and dump it at the recycling center for a fee."

Fees will begin immediately: Pickup truck load, $10; household garbage, $1 per bag; tire, $1.50 each; truck tire, $5; furniture such as a couch, mattress and box springs, $5 each; non-metal appliances such as televisions, microwave, VCR, plastic and glass, $3.

Blood drive is Friday

Central Kentucky Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Friday at McDowell Wellness Center.

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