Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Deer Hunting Update

At the council meeting on Monday a report was issued by Don Martin reviewing the recent deer hunt (article overview in the Enquirer). The report is published on the Fort Thomas city website but to save you some time I have provided some highlights below (with a little commentary).

Some notes:
1. In 2006 there were 13 deer-related vehicle accidents – 12.1% higher than the five year average. In 2007 there were 11 deerrelated vehicle accidents – 5.2% lower than the five year average. The hunt started on December 27th so I am not sure why we had the program if in '07 the incidences of vehicle accidents (the primary reason given for the hunt) was below the 5 year average.

2. Fifty-seven individuals spoke at the meeting September 27th meeting where the program was reviewed. Of the 57 who spoke, 9 (15.8%) spoke in favor of the program as-written, 7 (12.3%) were supportive of a deer management program but did not want the police to be utilized, 14 (24.6%) were supportive of a deer management program but preferred to focus on non-lethal options, 25 (43.9%) were opposed to a deer management program.

3. Here is the list of reported deer killings during the nearly one month program and associated google map of the reported killings:
Crowell Avenue 1
Lester Lane 2
N. Route 8 22
Walden Lane 1
Crown Court 1
Midway Court 1
Ridgeway Avenue 2
Forest Avenue 1
Chesapeake Avenue 1
Greenwood Avenue 1
Glenway Avenue 1
Tower Hill Road 1
Burnett Ridge 2
Highview Drive 5

4. Four reported deer killings occurred on plots of land less than 2 acres in measurement. This could have been a small lot or a very big lot since this category is so broad.

5. Page 6 contains a list of reported (17) and confirmed (4) violations to the program. Some are alarming.

6. The determining factor for determining the effectiveness of the program will be the number
of deer-related vehicle accidents. Because this program was in place during the
2007/2008 hunting season, the accident numbers cannot be determined until after
December 2008.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Development newsletters

I ran across a development newsletter the other day from Clemson, SC. This appears to be the trend among small cities and communities trying to attract retail to their communities. This brings up a great point about the efforts that Fort Thomas could employ.

Many of you may be thinking but Clemson, SC must have many more resources and residents than Fort Thomas so by way of comparison here are the statistics.

  1. Clemson's population is 12,000 - Fort Thomas' population is 16,000
  2. Clemson University is located there which gives it a boost for retailers but is comparable to Fort Thomas given its proximity to NKU in neighboring Highland Heights.
  3. If you take a broader view - Clemson has a trade area of 88,000, the same population that Campbell County had in 2000.
While only a newsletter this is the type of effort that I would expect from Fort Thomas in order to bring the basic retail that our residents expect for an improved quality of life. Newsletters and other types of efforts not only communicate with investors about opportunities for retail investment but also allow communities to communicate to residents about development in town.

Street Calming in Fort Thomas?

Kevin Lemaster, the blogger over at Building Cincinnati has a recent post on a street calming program in Cincinnati. If you are like me you are probably asking 'what is street calming' and apparently it is a nice term for putting speed bumps in roads to protect safety. Apparently the city of Cincinnati had a program in the 90's to identify and deploy speed humps on streets around the city based on safety concerns and response from the community.

According to the article 41 streets in Cincinnati are being considered which brings up the question of which streets would be under consideration in Fort Thomas? Just because the speed limits on most streets in Fort Thomas are 25 doesn't mean people are actually driving at that speed. I live on Lumley and it is not uncommon to see people speed by at 35 or 40 mph with small children playing in the yards. It is a common complaint not just from my neighbors but others I talk with around town. What do you think - any streets candidates for a calming program?