Ordinances, orders dominate Nicholasville City Commission meeting

Published 12:28 pm Thursday, May 11, 2023

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The Nicholasville City Commission approved several ordinances, including several for planning and zoning, at its most recent meeting held Monday.

Planning and Zoning Ordinances

The Commission approved a pair of zoning and planning ordinances.

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Ordinance 109-2023 amends the official zoning map for the city of Nicholasville from A-1 (County) Agriculture to B-2 (City) Highway Business District for approximately 34.55 net acres and A-1 (County) Agriculture to A-1 (City) Agriculture District for approximately 77.19 acres of property located on a portion of 4615 Nicholasville Road.

Ordinance 110-2023 also amends the official zoning map from A-1 (County) Agriculture to R-3 (City) Multi-Family Residential District for approximately 18.170 net acres of property located on a portion of 4615 Nicholasville Road.

Municipal Orders

Municipal Order 2023-011 aims to strengthen the Nicholasville Police Department’s manpower.

According to Assistant Chief of Police Michael Fleming, the order will raise the Nicholasville Police Department’s manpower by 12 officers at the end of the fiscal year 2026, as the city budget allows.

The Commission also approved a mutual aid agreement by and between the city and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Nicholasville Fire Chief Craig Cox said this agreement is the same as the agreement the Commission signs yearly and that it just makes it easier for the two governments’ fire departments to work together when needed.

Commission Approves Several New Employees

The Commission also voted to approve the hire of several new city employees during the meeting.

Carrie Watkins was hired as a staff accountant at the rate of $23.73 an hour.

Two police officer recruits were hired at the rate of $21.53 an hour.

Also, in the police department, James Hampton was hired as a temporary full-time officer at the rate of $23.50 an hour.

Billy Barnett was hired as a seasonal maintenance worker at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at the rate of $15.30 an hour with no benefits. This position will last up to nine months.