Then & Now: Impeachment in Kentucky

If you've followed local news in Kentucky the past few days, the word "impeachment" has come up more than once. It was front page news in Wednesday's news. (August 31, 2016). That's because of a news story out of Jessamine County. I'm not going to go into the issues on this site because there are plenty of news sites covering the story du jour. Let's just say that Kentucky is living up to its hype as the place where "politics [are] the damnedest."

Let's instead look at the historical side of impeachment in Kentucky. In 1991, the Legislative Research Commission published an Informational Bulletin entitled Impeachment in Kentucky "designed to assist future legislatures in conducting impeachments, and to provide the public with a look into the process itself."

Section 68 of Kentucky's 1891 Constitution provides that the "Governor and all civil officers" are subject to impeachment. Throughout the history of the Commonwealth, however, there have been only four impeachments. These are there stories.

City of Frankfort Seeks Demolition of Old YMCA

At the Old YMCA in Frankfort. Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation.
Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.
If the Village People's young man is a historic preservationist, then he might be unhappy. Especially if his new town is Frankfort, Kentucky.

That's because nearly a week ago, on August 24, the city issued a letter to the owner of the Old YMCA on Bridge Street that the property owner had one week to either demolish the structure or to appeal the city's decision. If neither occurs by the deadline, the city may take action to demolish the structure on its own.

The city is acting under its nuisance ordinance which provides for immediate demolition if the structure is viewed as being an "imminent danger." Especially convenient is that such a designation eliminates the role and review conducted by the local Architectural Review Board.

If you don't like the idea of a demolition of a historic structure occurring under the cover of darkness, this story is of importance to you.

Floral Hall a Fascinating Treasure in Lexington

Floral Hall in 1966.  Photograph by John Noye. National Register Application
If you pause to look down Red Mile Road as you cross the path's intersection with South Broadway, you have no doubt seen the iconic Floral Hall. It is a treasured landmark of Lexington, though its very likely you've never been inside.

Designed by John McMurtry and completed in 1882 as a two-story octagonal building, the structure was added to a year after its completion with the addition of a third level. The building was commissioned by the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical Fair Association using funds appropriated to it by Congress for damages caused by Union troops during the Civil War.

The structure was named "floral hall" because it originally was a floral exhibition hall. Its use adapted over the years. The site's brochure states that "when the city of Lexington expanded its boundaries, the city line cut through the grounds of the adjacent Red Mile trotting tack. Floral Hall remained outside the city limits, so the betting pools, the form of wagering on the races during that time, were conducted there."

Comment on the Kentucky State Road Plan to put a Stake in the Vampire Road

Over the years, I've written several posts in opposition to the proposed I-75 Connector that would slice through Jessamine and Madison counties to connect Nicholasville with the interstate. The proposed road is expensive, wouldn't add much time savings for travelers, would destroy natural landscapes and historic places, and is an all-around bad idea. 

In one post, I wrote about how the Economics of I-75 Connector Don't Add Up. The proposed cost of this 13-mile road is about $400-500 million. All to build a new road while existing infrastructure needs critical repairs. In another post, Marble Creek is a Jessamine County Treasure, I observed that "once lost, natural and historic resources cannot be created." There is too much to lose with the connector. 

Since I published these posts, I've gotten several inquiries on what people can do to stop the connector. How do we put a stake in the Vampire Road?

Projected paths of the I-75 Connector
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