Lexington City Hall

Stu Johnson

Lexington city council members continue to investigate where best to house government offices in the future.  City leaders have debated building a new city hall for years.  Tuesday council members heard a consultant’s report on recommendations to address exterior issues on the current government center. 


Lexington city leaders continue to deal with maintenance issues at city hall.  On Tuesday the council gave initial approval to study the 12-floor building’s elevator system. 

Facilities and Fleet Management Director Jamshid Baradaran said projects could be tackled one at a time. “Maybe identify one side of the building that is in worst shape than the others and try to break this down,” explained Baradaran.

Baradaran said replacement of all elevators would run $2 million to $3 million.​

Lexington Recycling Center Remains Closed

Jun 10, 2019
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Recycling Center remains shut down after the installation of a new part didn’t fix the problem.  The sorting facility off Manchester Street closed last Thursday.

Angela Poe in Environmental Quality and Public Works said it’s unclear when the Recycling Center will re-open.  She said the staff is working with the manufacturer of the part. “We’re working with them to figure that out, but without knowing what’s wrong and what parts we need, it’s real hard to put a time table on this.  But, it is a top priority to get the Recycle Center back up and going,” said Poe.


Lexington city leaders will revisit a potential site for a new city hall.  Council members voted 8 -$ Tuesday to have engineers meet with them in November to hear about constructing government offices above the current transit center. 

Lexington Council Rejects City Hall Proposal

Sep 13, 2018
Stu Johnson

The Lexington city council has voted down a proposal to relocate city hall in the Herald-Leader building at the corner of Main and Midland.  The dramatic vote came after weeks of wrestling over the matter.

While this plan to repurpose the long-time home of the local newspaper got traction this summer, the idea of finding or building a more suitable site for city government has surfaced off and on for years.  But, when it came time to vote, Vice Mayor Steve Kay, an ardent supporter of the proposal, said the votes weren’t there.

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A proposal to convert the Lexington Herald Leader building into a city hall government complex remains in play, but just by the slimmest of vote margins. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was called upon to break a tie vote during Tuesday’s meeting.

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The future of Lexington city hall remains up in the air.  In fact, the future of a vote to place the item officially on the urban county council docket is somewhat questionable.


Lexington’s city hall is likely to be a bit quieter this week, as council members continue on their summer break.  A couple of issues, one a tradition every year and another, a newer hot topic will be first on the agenda come August.


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. 

Seven File to Run for Lexington Mayor

Jan 30, 2018

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. 

Lexington Council Exploring New City Hall Project

Oct 19, 2017

The Lexington council is once again looking into the feasibility of constructing a new City Hall in the downtown area. 

Council approved a motion during Tuesday's work session to seek requests for proposals on such a project.


Lexington Fayette Urban County Government leaders are working to increase the number of contracts with minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. 

Members of the council’s General Government and Social Services Committee got an update last week.  

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A large group of orange clad people gathered in Lexington city hall Friday morning.

They were part of Lexington’s first public observance of Wear Orange National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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As Lexington council members prepare to vote on next year’s budget, there remains uncertainty about money coming into the urban county government. 


It’s not likely Lexington will get a new City Hall anytime soon.

That became evident as an architectural consultant gave Council details Tuesday on three options for constructing a government center within the block adjacent to the current Main Street City Hall. 


Lexington council members today are expected to review consultant suggestions for a new City Hall just a block away from the current urban county government center.  


A new inmate visitation policy goes into effect Wednesday at the Fayette County jail.  It’s aimed at ensuring security with less wait time for visitors.

Fayette County Jail Sargent Jennifer Taylor says jail visitors will now be allowed evenings between 4:00 and 7:00.  She says no Monday visits will be allowed.  Visits were already prohibited on Friday.

Inmates will be allowed to have no more than five people on their visitation lists.  That number was previously as high as 30.  Inmates can change their visitor's lists every three months. 


A new snow removal law for residential sidewalks in Lexington could be in place this winter.  The ordinance got initial approval Tuesday.

The proposal would require homeowners to clear sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall of four or more inches.  The law would only effect properties on already-cleared streets.  Council member Peggy Henson cast one of the 11 votes in favor of the ordinance, saying, “I do not want to see another year of people walking in the middle of the street, trying to get to their bus stops or to work."

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Kentucky lawmakers will be asked in 2017 to consider additional measures to combat the state’s significant heroin-related drug problem.  Details came Friday afternoon at a news conference at Lexington City Hall.

Many Kentucky communities have seen numerous overdose deaths related to Fentanyl-laced opioids.  Legislation pre-filed before the coming session seeks to amend the state’s drug laws to create penalties for dealers of Fentanyl, Carfentanil, and other designer drugs. 

Leaders Discuss Snow Plan During Hot September

Sep 21, 2016

The thermometer may still be reaching into the upper 80’s this week, but Lexington city officials are talking snow at city hall.  A council committee took a look at the city’s snow plan Tuesday.

Town Branch Commons Items Come Before Lexington Council

Aug 30, 2016

While construction is not slated to begin until 2018, Lexington’s Town Branch Commons trail and park project continues to get attention downtown.  It’s on Tuesday’s agenda of the Urban County Council. 

Jonathon Hollinger is senior administrative officer in planning, preservation, and development. He says council is being asked to approve a memorandum of understanding with the city, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Lexington Center, and the Downtown Management District. 

Public Comment Sought in Lexington Police Accreditation

Aug 8, 2016

Lexington citizens will have an opportunity to offer their thoughts about local police Monday night.  It’s all part of the national accreditation process.  The city hall meeting will include members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.   Sargent Ann Welch is with the Lexington Division of Police.  “We feel like we do have a good relationship with our community and we’re very proud of that.  But again, there’s always room for improvement.  So, that is why we do like the commission come in and review our practices,” said Welch.

Central Library Under Consideration For New City Hall

Aug 2, 2016


Lexington city officials are talking with Central Library administrators about a potential move for city hall.   It’s considered a ‘very early’ discussion.

A joint statement comes from Public Library Director Ann Hammond and Lexington Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton.  It reads that the city and library are exploring the possibility of the city buying the Central Library building for a new city hall. 

Lexington Officials Say Homelessness Down

May 2, 2016

Lexington officials say homelessness in the community has dropped by a quarter since 2014.  The annual “point in time” count conducted each January shows chronic homelessness has been cut in half.  Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says ongoing efforts need to focus on housing shelter residents. 

He says living in a homeless shelter is still considered homeless, “We’ve really had to put the emphasis on how do we help get people not just off the streets, but also out the shelter and into housing.”


A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Lexington is up for a final vote by city council on thursday.  An eight to six vote in late October put the plan on the docket.  Council member Jennifer Mossotti is the proposal’s sponsor. She says she’s unaware if any members have since changed their minds.  “I have not heard from any of my colleagues that were supportive before that they’ve changed their position,” said Mossotti.

Lexington Leaders Set Sights on Neighborhood Repaving

Sep 16, 2015


Lexington city leaders have made decisions on ways to split up $10 million for street repaving.  There are both short and long term objectives.

In years past, money for repaving had been split equally among 12 council districts.  Now, it’s proportionally divided, based on needs. 


Incoming Lexington Social Services Commissioner Chris Ford says the goal in his new position is to excel in existing programs, while further expanding in areas like drug abuse and violence intervention.  Ford is giving up his seat on the Lexington Council to serve in the position.


Crews are working this week at Lexington City Hall to repair damage following a recent sewer line break above the first floor ceiling. 


On-demand ride sharing companies operating in Kentucky now face statewide regulations. 

The issue has been a prominent topic at Lexington city hall.  Two ride sharing firms, Lyft and Uber have been offering pick up service to area citizens for months. 

Urban County Council Member Peggy Henson says the state rules seem to cover the pressing issues. "The driver backgrounds, the drivers' insurance, the records of vehicle inspections. And it goes on and on and on," said Henson.