Merged Government to turn 50 

Lexington will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the merged Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government at 6 p.m., March 21. 

“In the early 1970s, leaders of the City Commission and Fayette County Fiscal Court chose to take the innovative path forward to merge,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “The work of these leaders has helped prevent duplication of services, and promoted efficient local government. I am excited to celebrate, 50 years later, the continued progress of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.” 

In Kentucky, most residents live in areas where there is a local county government and one or more separate city governments.


Survey Says? 

What would you like to see in our neighborhood district meetings for 2024? Last year’s activities included a Fitness in the Park Day and a Family Movie Night.  You can complete a survey online via Councilmember Denise Gray’s newsletter. 

The Lexington Fire Department battled a January blaze at 84 Lumber on Palumbo. No one was injured.

Water Week is Coming 

Lexington is seeking Water Week event hosts. Water Week is a collaborative effort among water quality professionals, organizations and volunteers. Events connect residents to local waterways and with actions to improve and protect water quality.

This year, Water Week is March 16 -23, 2024. Events can be in-person, self-guided or virtual anytime during the week. All events submitted for consideration should be free. Hosts may charge a minimal fee to help cover supply costs.

Past Water Week events include litter cleanups, tree plantings, tours of water quality projects, creek walks, trivia nights, lectures, workshops and an introduction to canoeing. Past Water Week hosts are encouraged to submit events again, and new hosts are always welcome.

Water Week events can:

  • Raise awareness about water quality issues in our community
  • Encourage Lexington residents to explore local creeks
  • Involve participants in service projects that improve water quality


Water Week event submissions are being accepted on the Water Week webpage. The deadline to submit an event is Wednesday, Feb. 28.


Zone Change Hearing 

The Zone Change Hearing for 2200 Old Paris Pike and 2324 Paris Pike is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, at 5 PM.

This article appears on pages 6-7 of the February 2024 issue of HJ. To subscribe to digital delivery each month, click here.