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Friday, September 5, 2008

Recent Events

Since it has been a couple of weeks since my last post I thought I would bring you a collection of small stories that have been reported elsewhere with a little commentary:

  1. Status update on the Midway - this was a recent article in the Enquirer from a recent Council meeting. The story covers other topics including the city's approval to put the Fort Thomas name on toy police cars and fire trucks from Mattel. However, buried at the bottom of the article is a note about Council's approval to move forward with street scape improvements despite the state's delay in re-orienting the intersection with River Road. I am happy to moving ahead with street scape improvements but I hope this does not result in re-work once the state is ready to complete their work.
  2. Park improvements - this story, also from the Enquirer, discusses some changes coming to area parks. The first point is on Highland Park that includes the conversion of the tennis courts to sand volleyball courts. I think this is a good decision as the courts were in bad shape and without the lighting that Tower Park has they just didn't get the use. Rossford Park is getting some additional fill and will be used for pee wee football and soccer practices. West Southgate Park will get a new wall and playground equipment and there will be a new pocket park next to the treatment plant on Memorial. The good news in all this is that there are some real improvements here as opposed to just a corner with some benches and flowers.
  3. Police facilities upgraded - Council voted last night to invest $1.2 million in the city building for the police department. While I have never been inside the police department, and I have no doubt that the facilities are dated, I find it hard to believe that you could spend $1.2 million in improving a small corner of the city building. I would love to hear more specific details on what is being remodeled. The article did mention a replacement of the heating and air and that is surely costly but $1.2 million sure seems excessive.

1 comment:

  1. I heard that the PD has saved for years for this project. When it was time for the project to start it was scaled back to a lesser plan. It is a small space and probably needs an addition not renovated.