Quick rundown. Longer meeting that normal. Just finished watching the Cats beat up of UT.
- Meeting started off with Kevin Gordon, of Wilder, addressing council regarding the stance - or lack thereof, on the county smoking ban which was enacted by the lame duck county commission. He detailed how other city councils in the county (Alexandria, Newport, Wilder, Highland Heights, Dayton) had sent resolutions to fiscal court asking for a repeal. More on this story later.
- The Fire Department gained a huge grant for a new "pumper" fire engine. The cost of a new fire truck is around $400,000 and Chief Bailey was "ecstatic" with receiving a grant of $345,000 from FEMA.
"It's the biggest grant the department has ever seen," Bailey said.
- Chief Daly had some interesting notes as well. I will dedicate a post to this later this week. His report included results from a speed traffic detail on Tremont Avenue (perhaps West Southgate version 2.0?), a rash of burglaries and theft in some pockets of the city and a foot pursuit of a criminal which ended in a Ft. Thomas resident helping to stop the criminal with the use of his pickup truck.
Again - detailed post to come.
- The VA homes discussion took the majority of the meeting. Please scroll down to see those details.
- The council discussed doing another deer census at a cost of $8,280 by the same company that completed the census last year. After a little posturing, it was decided that an apples to apples comparison would be most beneficial.
Mayor Mary Brown said, "If (the census) shows that there are more deer this year than last year, then we may need to look into doing something a little more aggressive than what is currently being done."