Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton

Fayette County Public Schools

A ribbon cutting for a new elementary school in Fayette County provided an opportunity to again recognize the contributions of a public servant, Brenda Cowen, who died in the line of duty. 

More than 400 students will enter the doors of Brenda Cowan Elementary this week when the school officially opens. 


Council To Consider Property Tax Rates Tuesday

Aug 12, 2019
kentucky.com

As tradition has it, the Lexington city council will come out of its summer break with a taxing matter to address. 

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said “on Tuesday, the first day council is back, they will have to decide on the tax rates for next year.  Their very first day back.  So, it’s setting the property tax rates for next year.

Stu Johnson

For the first time in school district history, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk reports students of color will represent more than half of the entire student population. 

Stu Johnson

A recycling consulting firm has been hired to assist Lexington officials in establishing new, long-term recycling strategies.  That review will include investigating a move for a private entity to operate the city’s recycling center. 

A portion of Weku's Stu Johnson's interview with Tyler Scott:

Lexington Continues To Look For Recycling Solutions

Jun 14, 2019
kentucky.com

The city’s recycling center is back up a week after a key piece of equipment went down but Lexington officials continue to find ways to keep the program on track. 

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said there will be some costs when it comes to addressing equipment needs long term.

“There are some upgrades that probably will need to be done, but what is the market looking like?  What is going to be the best path forward for us and our citizens in terms of the things we use.  So, we don’t know what it’s going to look like yet, but we are optimistic.  We’ll get there.”

Stu Johnson

Emergency 9-1-1 services in four central Kentucky counties are expanding.  Officials say the “texting” addition is particularly important for those with hearing challenges.

Lexington Council Making Budget Adjustments

Jun 5, 2019
kentucky.com

Lexington council members have made some budget modifications prior to taking final action over the next couple of weeks.  That includes giving employees a one time bonus

Even with tight financial times at city hall, council members expressed interest in giving employees one time bonuses.  The modified approach calls for a $500 dollar pay supplement for those making under $50,000 and a stipend equivalent to 1% of the base salary for employees earning more than $50,000. 

Stu Johnson

Although the Fourth of July is still more than two months away, interest in celebratory fireworks may be a bit higher than usual this year in Lexington.  The launching of the pyro-technics returns to a traditional location this summer.

In making the announcement not far from the R.J. Corman Railroad launch site, Mayor Linda Gorton said “Lexington cares a lot about fireworks.” “We want them to be big, to light up the sky, and to take our breath away, right?” asked Gorton.

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Veterans Park was the site for an official announcement Thursday delivered by Mayor Linda Gorton. “Lexington is officially the first city in Kentucky to effectively end veteran homelessness,” announced Gorton.

Lexington Mayor Proposes Continuation Budget

Apr 9, 2019
Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is recommending ‘a continuation budget’ that she says resets the city’s spending.  Gorton delivered her suggestions for the $379 million budget to council Tuesday afternoon.

The first-term mayor says private sector job and salary growth have slowed and so funds coming into the city are lower than expected.  Gorton says fixed costs for utilities, pensions, personnel, and debt service have increased.   Still, citizens should not expect to be asked to dig deeper into their pockets.

Lexington Mayor To Deliver First Budget Address

Apr 8, 2019
Linda Gorton For Mayor

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will deliver her first fiscal year budget recommendations Tuesday.  It comes at a time when tax revenue is down.

Stu Johnson

The Fayette County Attorney Driver Education Program celebrated a milestone Thursday.  This week the “hands on the wheel “program recognized its 1,500th graduate.

Lexington Preparing For 2020 Federal Census

Mar 8, 2019
wtvq-tv

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has appointed a large committee in an effort to count every citizen in the upcoming federal census. 

The ten-year tally is scheduled in 2020.

Mayor Gorton says the census count has a significant impact on the amount of federal grant funding coming to the bluegrass community.  Census data affects funding for Head Start, public transportation, programs for senior citizens, and other programs. 

kentucky.com

The city of Lexington is the recipient of a significant federal grant aimed at reducing homelessness in the central Kentucky community.  Since 2014 city officials say homelessness has decreased by 55 percent.

These stories are on the latest Eastern Standard:

Lexington's Mayor Gorton on priorities such as fighting opioid addiction and creating an Ag-Tech hub.

Aligning Kentucky education with the demands of the Kentucky jobs market

How federal benefits programs have failed black lung families.

Plus, a decision coming in Frankfort on medial marijuana

Stu Johnson

Citizens across Kentucky are preparing for the coldest temperatures thus far in 2019.  The outdoor temperature gauge got down into the single digits early Thursday morning  and will be equally icy  Thursday night through Friday.

Lexington citizens who typically receive garbage collection Thursday will see trucks coming by on Friday. There will be no yard waste collection this week.  

Ground Broken On Lexington Canine Unit Shelter

Jan 28, 2019
Lexingtonky.gov

Ground has been broken on a new 3,800  square foot kennel for Lexington’s canine unit.  The $1 million facility is expected to be operational by the end of the year. 

New Lexington Mayor, Council Sworn In

Jan 7, 2019
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s new mayor and council members are now officially sworn into office and ready to tackle urban county government business.  The inauguration for Linda Gorton and council took place Sunday afternoon at the University of Kentucky.

Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone administered the oath of office for the former longtime council member now turned mayor.