Lexington Mayor Jim Gray

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The future of Lexington’s city hall has been a topic of discussion for many years.  It’s been talked about off and on, but never gotten on a council docket for action.  That could change this summer.  But, it remains a difficult issue on which to get consensus.

The city hall talk turned much more serious this year when the call went out for proposals from developers.  Four were given consideration and an independent committee recommended a city hall move, through a lease arrangement, to the Herald-Leader building at the corner of Midland Avenue and Main Street. 

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Using the renovated historic Fayette County Courthouse as a backdrop, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Friday offered a formal endorsement for 6th Congressional District candidate Amy McGrath.  

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Lexington’s LBX Company, maker of Link-Belt Excavators and forestry equipment, is building a $10 million testing and training center.  A groundbreaking took place Thursday at the 25 acre site off Citation Boulevard. 

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Lexington parents are being urged to ask if there are unsecured guns in a home before allowing their children to visit.  It’s all part of a national initiative called “Asking Saves Kids”.

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City officials cut the ribbon Monday on the final phase of an affordable housing complex in west Lexington.  It raises the total units available at the Parkside Apartments to 108.

The property, originally home of the Gardenside Cabana Club, then the YWCA, for years suffered from neglect and vandalism.  AU Associates purchased the property almost a decade ago for redevelopment upon receiving affordable housing tax credits. 

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A new Lexington task force is being formed to tackle issues of redevelopment, preservation, and displacement of residents.  A wide group of interests will be represented at the planned monthly meetings.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray returns to his city hall duties after falling short in his bid to secure a seat in Congress.  Former Marine Fighter Pilot Amy McGrath easily defeated Gray and five others in yesterday’s Primary. 

In addressing his supporters downtown last night, Gray urged them to get behind the democratic nominee.  “It was a spirited campaign and I know that Andy Barr is in for the fight of his life.  I am ready to help Amy and I want all of you to join me,” said Gray.

Lexington Council Begins Budget Review

Apr 17, 2018
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Lexington’s city council got a more thorough explanation of Mayor Jim Gray’s budget funding rationale during a workshop Tuesday at city hall.  

Lexington Mayor Proposes $370 Million Budget

Apr 10, 2018
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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray presented his $370 million budget recommendations Tuesday for consideration by the urban county council. One significant expense is still being debated by lawmakers and the governor in Frankfort.

Seven File to Run for Lexington Mayor

Jan 30, 2018
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Seven people are vying to serve as Lexington’s next mayor.  Tuesday’s filing deadline brought a number of last minute filers to the Fayette County Clerk’s office. 

Among them are former Lexington Mayor Teresa Issac and former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.  Also in the crowded field are current Urban County Council Kevin Stinnett and former Lexington Council Member Linda Gorton. 

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has offered his eighth ‘State of the City’ address to city, civic, and business leaders Tuesday.  The two term mayor spent much time recapping his seven years in office.

Gray talked about going from financial straits to budget surpluses, expanding the convention center and building an eye-catching park in the heart of downtown. 

 

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This April will mark half a century since the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  In keeping with a decades old observance, hundreds Monday morning marched through the center of downtown Lexington to honor King’s legacy.

As always on the third Monday in January, people representing various organizations marched together preparing for what some say is a pivotal year. 
 

“The next year in 2018 is really critical.  2017 seemed like a very long year, thanks to our president,” said Kentucky Dream Coalition Organizer Milton-Meza Delossantos.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has appointed a local attorney from a political family to fill the seventh district seat on the Urban County Council.  Preston Worley participated in an oath of office ceremony Thursday morning at city hall.

The 33 year old will fulfill the unexpired term of Jennifer Scutchfield, who resigned this month to take a job with the State Board of Elections.  It’s a first time in office for Worley who says he plans to seek a full council term. 

 

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has announced he will seek the Sixth District congressional seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr. 

The mayor, in his second term leading Lexington government, joins three other Democrats in the May primary race.  Those candidates are state Senator Reggie Thomas, retired Marine Colonel Amy McGrath, and retired state engineer Geoff Young. 

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Lexington firefighters now have the use of a new custom built fire truck to respond to specialized emergencies.  Mayor Jim Gray and fire officials unveiled the $826,000 Rescue 1 vehicle this afternoon at the main fire station downtown.

Lexington Police Chief to Retire in Early 2018

Nov 30, 2017
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Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard is retiring in early 2018.  The Lexington law enforcement veteran made his decision known in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray.

In his letter to the Mayor, Barnard thanked Gray and the council for their backing, which has allowed his officers to put in place, what he termed, “an innovative and strategic vision” that has brought about significant advancements in public safety. 

Good Giving Challenge Underway in Central Kentucky

Nov 29, 2017
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For the seventh year, the Good Giving Challenge fundraising competition is underway. Well over a hundred non-profit organizations benefit from the month long campaign coordinated by the Bluegrass Community Foundation.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touched on a number of topics in his annual address to Rotarians Thursday. 

That included numerous updates on high profile projects.


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On the day after Mayor Jim Gray announced a "conditional yes" by the Lexington Cemetery Board to accept two Confederate statues urban county council members offered their reactions. 

All their public remarks yesterday indicated satisfaction for how the matter is being handled.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is asking the board at a local cemetery to consider placement of two Confederate statues on its historic burial grounds. 

A letter dated August 24 making such a request went to the General Manager of Lexington Cemetery Mark Durbin.


Lexington Cable Subscribers Air Complaints

Aug 25, 2017
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For about an hour and a half Thursday evening, a roomful of Lexington cable subscribers aired their complaints to representatives of Charter Communications, the provider of Spectrum services. 

Many of the concerns raised at Lexington’s performance evaluation centered on customer service.


Lexington Council Votes to Move Confederate Statues

Aug 18, 2017
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Lexington's council has voted to proceed with plans to move two Confederate statues from a historic downtown site.

Next steps include asking the Kentucky Military History Commission for permission to relocate the statues. 


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A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday along Eastern Avenue in downtown Lexington celebrated an affordable housing mark for the Urban League.  

Officials celebrated the 49th and 50th family rental units built or renovated by the Urban League.  


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Private funding of more than $5 million dollars has been pledged toward a much talked about downtown Lexington park project. 

A ceremony held Monday at the site of the planned Town Branch Park celebrated the private giving so far.


Lexington Council Passes $358 Million Budget

Jun 23, 2017
kentucky.com

Lexington’s council has overwhelmingly approved a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. 

The $358 million spending plan includes funding for 30 additional police officers.  Mayor Jim Gray says it’s the city’s biggest investment ever in public safety.


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Lexington’s new rainbow-striped crosswalks continue to be a topic of conversation at City Hall.  

Mayor Jim Gray opened Thursday night’s meeting with comments about the four downtown crossings.


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A grant of $10,000 will be used to expand Lexington’s financial literacy program for residents with limited English proficiency.

The grant to GLOBAL LEX comes through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   

GLOBAL LEX serves immigrants, refugees, visitors, and others.


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One of Lexington’s longstanding corporate entities is celebrating its new global headquarters.  The ribbon cutting for the $35 million Valvoline world headquarters took place Thursday.

The four-story building with lots of glass carries a V shape as the global base for the lubricant and chemical company. 

Valvoline has had its corporate headquarters in Lexington for 37 years.  The new structure off Richmond Road will house the majority of Valvoline’s 650 or so Lexington employees. 

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Lexington’s Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center will remain the home of The Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour for at least another five years. 

The contract was inked Friday during a ceremony at the historic theatre.

After ten years at the Kentucky Theater, Woodsongs continued its run as a multimedia celebration of grassroots music at the Lyric in 2013. 

Founder and folksinger Michael Jonathon says the facility on Elm Tree Lane is uniquely-designed as a national level production venue. 

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Lexington city officials along with a non-profit agency serving homeless people are implementing new strategies to reduce street corner panhandling.  The launch of a new job centered service was unveiled Tuesday.

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