Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Citycounty merger discussion picks up speed
By DANIELLE COMBS
that they may be better protected
if they are part of a larger fourth-clas- s
According to the citycounty
merger proposal, small cities will
not be affected. Yet some leaders
of small cities feel threatened.
Since July 1, St. Matthews has
annexed the cities of Broad
Fields, Plymouth Village, Spring-lee- ,
Cherrywood Village and
According to St. Matthews
Mayor Art Draut, one theory
regarding the new interest in
annexations relates to the possible merger.
Some sixth-clas- s
Cities that are incorporated by
the time of the merger are supposed to be protected under the
would take effect in 2003.
"The threat to us is after two
years they'll look at the tax structure," Draut said. "If they took
our occupational tax, we would go
The occupational tax rate for
St. Matthews is 34 cent per $1.
But according to Stephen
Haag, special assistant to Jeffer-
As a young girl, Anne
Meagher, now U.S. Rep. Anne
Meagher Northup, knocked on
doors of Republicans who had not
voted to encourage them to get
out and vote.
As a student at Sacred Heart
Academy, she was active in the
debate club and with the Young
Republicans. She earned an economics degree from Notre Dame
But Northup said, in her
speech to the St. Matthews Rotary Club on Aug. 23, "What I
depended on more than what I
learned in school was what I
learned being married and having
She spoke of the differences
between Frankfort, where she
served as a state representative,
and Washington, D.C. "In Frankfort, people are connected to the
real world. They don't think of the
government as the central focus
"Washington, D.C, is the most
incestuous place I've ever been.
All is a part of government."
She spoke about her experience with the Department of Education, stressing that they "need
to go out and get in a school"
because there is an "enormous
Earlier that day, Northup
tary School about the importance
Center, 10617 Taylorsville
Road, 7 p.m.
St. Matthews Community
Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane,
Drainage, traffic are
Eastern High School, 12400
Old Shelbyville Road,
Republic Bank Springhurst,
9600 Brown sboro Road, 7
they pay today."
Haag helped draft the proposal. He said that with the new
council (made up of a
East County Government
Center, 200 Juneau Drive in
Middletown, 7 p.m.
residents will pay "the same taxes
going into the new government as
son County JudgeExecutive
Rebecca Jackson, St. Matthews
city such as St. Matthews.
Draut said that annexation by
sitcity is a
a fourth-clas- s
uation for the smaller cities.
Ne have lower taxes and, for
the small cities joining us, they
can have 32 policemen around the
clock, a works department and
other services," Draut said. Fifth-an- d
cities also gain
zoning rights by joining cities of
the fourth class and above.
The city of Plymouth Village
was annexed by St. Matthews on
July 1. Edie Brown, the former
mayor of Plymouth Village, said
that the possibility of a citycounty merger greatly influenced the
"Our feeling was that we
would be better off as a part of St.
Matthews," Brown said. "(The
proposal) does say the merger
the feeling is that may change as
Draut said he was told that
the tax structures of cities like St.
Matthews might be changed two
years after the merger, which
dance was 586. The rest of the
season's games averaged 136.
Assumption currently holds
Concerned residents gathered games at Trinity High School and
last week to discuss their con- Bellarmine University. Average
cerns about the Assumption High attendance at Assumption's four
School expansion project, a $5 largest basketball games last year
million convocation and athletic averaged 538 and the rest averaged 213.
McCoy said Assumption does
The Aug. 23 meeting, orgaSee page
nized by the Upper Highlands
(UHNA), was held to address
neighbors' concerns about drainage, traffic congestion, parking on
residential streets and increased
traffic from special events.
An area to assemble
facility, was renamed
The Manufacturing Technology Transfer Center, a U.S.
& Training Center in a dedication ceremony on Aug. 24. It was
for his support of the technology
renamed in honor of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell
training and business assistance center, off Southside Drive at the technology park.
the McConnell Technology
Assumption principal Mary
Lee McCoy emphasized that
Assumption does not hope to
The Lyndon City Council said
increase its enrollment with the
improvements, but chose to tackle it would allow KMC Telecom to
the project because it needs an install fiber optic cable in Lyndon
area where all of its students can on the condition that a $100,000
performance bond be extended.
The decision was made during
the council's regular meeting on
gather for assemblies and pep ral-
Justice Clarence Thomas opens
U of L lecture series on Sept. 11
Supreme Court justice, a
British ambassador and a
ber of Congress will be among
those speaking at the University
of Louisville this fall through the
McConnell Center for Political
U.S. Supreme Court Associate
Justice Clarence Thomas will
open the center's lecture series on
Monday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in
Comstock Concert Hall at the the U.S. Department of EducaSchool of Music. Appointed to the
Supreme Court in 1991, Thomas
replaced the retiring Thurgood
Marshall. A graduate of Yale Law
School, he is the second African
American to serve on the nation's
highest court. He previously
served as a circuit judge for the
District of Columbia and assistant secretary for civil rights at
Sir Christopher Meyer, British
ambassador to Washington, will
speak on Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. in the
Ekstrom Library Auditorium.
Meyer has served in the British
Diplomatic Service since 1966. In
1994, he was appointed press secretary to the prime minister of
The current gymnasium holds
only about 500 people and the
new center would hold 1,200. Assumption has 952 students, and
McCoy said the school will not go
above 975 students. There are
125 faculty members.
"We are considered a medium-siz- e
school, and we want to stay a
school," McCoy said.
"We're only trying to meet our
current needs," which are to have
a space for schoolwide assembly
and to hold games.
The company agreed to pay
Lyndon $22,000 per year to run
the cable as part of the
telecommunications license agreement, but council members were
concerned about problems and
requested the performance bond
be extended for one year.
The council also had the first
reading of an ordinance proposing
rezoning for Powerhouse Lane,
mainly for Powerhouse Restaurant located there.
Councilman John Wytrwal rec-
Last year, the game that
attracted the largest crowd was a
volleyball game against Sacred ommended posting
Heart Academy, where atten
dolls Aug. 30
By LEIGH HARRINGTON
It is ironic that a
tomboy would eventually become
the collector of more than 950
dolls from around the world, but
such is the case with Petra
Williams' collection will be the
featured exhibit at the Jeffersontown Museum, which closed last
October for renovation, will
reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at
Museum director William
staff pholo by LEIGH HARRINGTON
Jeffersontown resident Petra Williams posed with her doll
collection for a newspaper article in 1954. Williams'
collection contains more than 950 dolls and will be displayed
Museum beginning Aug. 30.
in the newly renovated
Cummings and his wife, doll curator Flora Cummings, are excited
about the collection.
Williams, who will be 87 in
September, received two Russian
dolls from her mother when she
"I was a tomboy, so she said to
just leave them on the shelf," said
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When her uncle returned from
World War I, he brought home a
doll from Europe that he gave to
someone else. Williams was terribly disappointed.
From that point on, she made
a point of asking friends and
acquaintances who traveled to
bring her dolls.
"She bought a lot of them from
the Smithsonian, friends gave
Miff photo by STEVE RUSH
Wynonna Judd closed out the 2000 Kentucky State Fair concert series with her Aug. 27
crowd of only 2,000 attended the show at Freedom Hall. Diamond Rio was the
Pizza Magia moving to St. Matthews
By DANIELLE COMBS
part of the expansion of its
just started in January, Pizza
Magia is coming to St. Matthews.
Its address is 4005 Shelbyville
Road. It will occupy the former
ana for a total of 18 stores in the
Second Base used sporting goods
store location, at the corner of next six to eight months.
"We are rapidly expanding to
Shelbyville Road and Willis
the Lexington market and will
There are four Pizza Magia have 125 to 150 stores in the next
locations in the area and Kevin three years," Stiff said.
Stiff, vice president of operations,
said the chain will expand further
in Louisville and southern Indi
The restaurant will be 2,700
square feet, including a 700-Se- e