Groundbreaking for Texas Roadhouse

A flurry of activity will begin after a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the new Texas Roadhouse at the intersection of Ky. 192 and I-75 at exit 38.

Construction should take about 119 days, which means the new restaurant will open in late February with 150 new jobs.

Present at groundbreaking yesterday were Deanna Herrmann, executive director of the London-Laurel Chamber of Commerce; Paula Thompson, executive director of the London-Laurel Industrial Development Authority; Judge-Executive David Westerfield, Mayor Troy Rudder, property owner Joe Curry and Wyatt Dunn, kitchen manager for the new Texas Roadhouse.

City donates to Shop With A Cop program

The City of London donated $2,500 to the Cumberland Valley Fraternal Order of Police Shop With a Cop, Inc. in honor of Don Wattenbarger who was instrumental in the program. London Mayor Troy Rudder and London Police Chief Derek House presented the check to Virginia Wattenbarger and Jamie Harrison, with Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. This December will be the 23rd year Shop With A Cop has provided Christmas cheer for children in need in Laurel County. Donations are accepted at the London Police Department year-round.

Committee to study donation of Levi Jackson State Park

A committee will study the financial impact and other issues stemming from the proposed donation of Levi Jackson State Park to the City of London.

Mayor Troy Rudder told the City of London Tourism Commission Monday night that two auditors and two financial analysts will examine the impact the donation will have on the city.

“To help everyone with the decisions to come, I’ve formed a committee to look at the financial impact that Levi Jackson will have on both the Tourism budget and the City budget, both positive and negative,” the mayor said. “This process will give us a better idea of how we should proceed.”

The state wants to give the park to London because it doesn’t have the money for maintenance and upkeep. According to Rudder, the park has been without a superintendent since spring and will only have two full-time employees when the campground closes in November.

Earlier, London City Council passed a resolution signaling its intent to take over Levi Jackson and maintain it as a park.

Negotiations have proceeded on a positive track, and the transfer currently “is sitting on someone’s desk” in the state finance cabinet waiting for approval, the mayor said.

“We hope the transfer of Levi Jackson is getting closer, and as I told you and the council from the beginning, when we get copy of the proposed deed, Mr. (Larry) Bryson along with the rest of us will need to study it very closely for content,” he said. “Then we’ll take it to the city council for final approval.”

The city council has to approve the transfer because the city will own the 998 acres, but the tourism commission will provide the funds for the park’s operation.

The 4-person committee that will study the financial impact of the transfer includes Robert Abner and Donnie Cox, who are accountants with Christian Sturgeon and Associates in London. The company has audited the city’s books for about 25 years.

“Robert has been doing our audits for a long time and he knows the ins and outs of our budget and our cash flows,” Rudder said.

The other two members are Ward Stokes, market president for Cumberland Valley National Bank, and Phil Smith, financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

Mayor Rudder said he believes Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, as it’s proposed to be named, will need money for capital improvements initially, but will soon produce a “positive impact” for park patrons and the community.

Mayor Troy Rudder elected Kentucky League of Cities Second Vice President

LEXINGTON–Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell has been elected president of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) by its membership with Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf as first vice president and London Mayor Troy Rudder as second vice president.

Mayor Rudder said he looks forward to the opportunities the statewide leadership position will provide for his city.

“I am very humbled to even be considered for any position at KLC. I was honored that my city became a member of such a fine organization.” he said.

“Since 1927, KLC has been all about cities and is our ‘go to’ organization – our sounding board for legal information or anything dealing with cities,” said Mayor Rudder. “KLC provides one-stop shopping.”

The officers were sworn in on Wednesday, September 19, during the Kentucky League of Cities Conference & Expo President’s Banquet in Louisville.

“KLC is fortunate to have an engaged and diverse Board representing cities of all sizes across the commonwealth,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC executive director/CEO.

KLC is an association with more than 370 municipal members that provides services for cities including advocacy, training, legal and other services, as well as successful insurance and finance programs.

Mayor Rudder has been active with the League for several years. The mayor has served on numerous KLC and affiliated boards including the KLC Board of Directors, KLC Executive Board, KLC Insurance Services Board, KLC Insurance Agency Board and KLC Premium Finance Board.

“Mayor Rudder is a great ambassador for all cities and has a tremendous knowledge about or organization.” said Steiner.

“I hope to be able to explain to every city that is not currently associated with all of KLC’s services, just what the League can do for them,” said Rudder.

He said, “Kentucky’s motto does say it all, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.'”

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