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Insight Franchise Agreement Under Review in County Attorney’s Office

The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Works Committee met again Thursday without discussing one piece of legislation that’s been pending before the panel for weeks—Insight Communications’ contract with the city. But the council can’t consider the contract yet, and has no timeline to do so.

The committee approved the contract—called a franchise agreement—last year when it was up for renewal. But, when council members raised questions about whether the document should require Insight to be more open about its finances and operations, the contract was sent back to committee and its sponsors withdrew.

It’s now in the County Attorney’s office, where the city will negotiate the terms with Insight. Some council members have previously said they want more transparency requirements in the document when it comes back up for review. There’s no set date for when that must occur, and the council is expected to hold another public hearing on the contract once it’s renegotiated.

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County Attorney To Publish Names Of 560 Child Support Debtors

by Gabe Bullard

The names of hundreds of men and women who owe child support payments will be published in the Courier-Journal this Sunday.

The list represents more than six million dollars in unpaid child support. The county attorney’s office has published the list since 2005, and says so far, it’s helped find 4,900 debtors.

The list to be published Sunday includes 560 names. County Attorney Mike O’Connell says that’s a bit fewer than last year.

“We’ve reduced the list number a bit because we’re trying to focus on early intervention because the literature suggests the likelihood that an individual will start paying and keep paying child support increases with early intervention,” he says.

More names will be listed on the county attorney’s website. O’Connell says after previous names were published, his office was flooded with calls from people with information on those listed.

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Maze Tapped to Serve as Circuit Judge

Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze has been appointed to a circuit judge seat by Governor Steve Beshear.

The seat in Division 10 of the 30th Judicial District was left vacant when Judge Kathleen Voor Montano died earlier this year. Maze says he’s enjoyed serving as county attorney, but is ready to take on his new role.

“I come into this with some very mixed emotions,” says Maze, “I loved being county attorney, I loved my service on fiscal court, but I also love serving the public and I think this is another chapter in the public service career I started back in 1972.”

Maze expects to take the bench within the next ten days. Mayor Jerry Abramson will appoint a replacement to finish Maze’s term as county attorney.