Nicholasville Historical Preservation to host open house Aug. 9
The Nicholasville Historical Preservation Commission will host an open house at the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce office from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The goal of the open house is for property owners, both residential and commercial/business, to come and ask questions regarding Nicholasville’s historic district, which runs from Oak to Chestnut streets and includes the old jail and the two churches on York Street.
Wings of Freedom Tour coming to Lexington
Anyone in Lexington and the surrounding areas is invited to come to the Bluegrass Airport, Aviation Museum of Kentucky to visit a traveling exhibition of World War II bomber and fighter aircraft as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.
The “living history” event will be in the area from Friday, August 5 through Monday, August 8. The exhibit will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to noon on Monday. Tours or the aircraft and exhibit are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger. Walk-through tours do not require reservations
Actual flight experiences will be available aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The flight experiences last for 30 minutes and are $425 per person. Half hour and full hour flights in the P-51 Mustang fighter are also available. The flight experiences are a tax deductible donation, and require reservations.
For more information about the Wings of Freedom Tour, sponsored by the Collings Foundation, call the Collings Foundation at 1-800-568-8924 or visit www.cfdn.org.
Fiscal court approves retainer fees for shelter veterinarians
Animals at the Jessamine County Animal Shelter will soon be getting visits from veterinarians twice per week after the Jessamine County Fiscal Court approved a recommendation from the animal-shelter advisory committee to pay $200 retainer fees each to Dr. Dan Bowling and Dr. Will McCaw to provide the services for the rest of the fiscal year. The goal of issuing the retainer fees and services will be to “improve and maintain a health environment in the shelter and to minimize weekly travel by staff to veterinary clinics,” according to a memo from advisory committee chairman Mike Cassidy to the fiscal court.
Both veterinarians serve on the advisory committee. In exchange for the retainer payments, the vets will “visit the shelter twice weekly on a rotating schedule and assess the conditions of the animals, prescribe diagnostic testing if needed, medication or other treatment for those animals that may need special care and attention,” the memo said. The fee will not cover the cost of testing, medication or treatment of sick or injured animals that may be taken directly to the clinic by animal control.
New planning and zoning administrator approved
The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission has a new administrator after Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting. The Jessamine County Fiscal Court magistrates approved Chris Woodall as the new administrator, effective Aug. 16. The position had been vacant for several months. Woodall will earn an annual salary of $43,000.
County approves animal-shelter volunteer application
The Jessamine County Fiscal Court approved a formal volunteer application form presented by the Jessamine County Animal Shelter advisory committee at its meeting Tuesday. The application is meant to provide screening for shelter employees under county supervision. Anyone over the age of 18 interested in volunteering should contact the Jessamine County Animal Shelter at 400 1/2 Park Drive, or call 859-881-0821.
School district to use new payment system for meals
Parents will notice a new system when they go online to purchase school meals for their children this year, and the school district hopes the changes are positive and few.
“It’s going to provide more security and options for the parents,” said Karen Barden, food-service director for Jessamine County Schools. “It’s a much more secure site.”
Barden said the new system, mySchoolBucks, will be very similar to the old one, and any remaining funds will transfer to the new system.
“It’s going to work just like the previous one: They go online and set up an account and prepay for their breakfast, lunch or à la carte item,” she said.
One change in payments will be that each transaction will include a $2 payment fee; the previous system charged $1 plus a percentage of the transaction.
The new system will allow parents to view children’s meal transactions; in the previous system, parents could only see the balance. Parents will receive e-mails when the balance is low.
The Jessamine County Board of Education approved the new Internet payment system with Heartland Payment Systems in June after that company purchased the Lunchbox payment program, which the school district had been using.