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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Council Meeting Notes 4/2/2012 (by Ben Petracco)

The meeting had a rushed agenda because everyone in attendance was distracted by the hopes of the University of Kentucky bringing home number 8, so like the meeting, my article will be brief and to the point.

A resident from Overlook Drive was back to thank that council for paving parts of the street which leveled out some un-even patches. The resident again inquired about the pine trees lining the back yards on the street that are on the Fort Thomas Plaza’s property. Council members said they had someone working on the tree problem and that they were in communication with the Fort Thomas Plaza representatives.

City Manager, Don Martin addressed the deer issue in the city, saying that the infrared surveillance would have to be postponed until early 2013. The warm weather and early budding of the trees has made it impossible to use the equipment necessary to locate and count the deer.

Without the usual media outlets at the meeting Mr. Martin wanted us to get the word out that there are some important events coming up in the city. The dedication of the new Rossford Park is on Friday April 13 at 5:30. The dedication will include the following events: Highlands High School Concert Band, Essay Contest winners from Johnson Elementary 5th grade will handle the dedication ceremony, Highlands High School women’s ensemble will sing the National Anthem and have a 1st pitch ceremony, and there will also be youth baseball exhibition games. The flyer for the dedication can be viewed here:

There will be a reforestation at Rossford on April 14th, the morning after the dedication from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The plan is to plant around 1800 trees and volunteers are encouraged to come to the park and enjoy a fun morning of planting trees. The flyer for the event can be seen here:

Finally to wrap up the meeting Fire Chief, Mark Bailey, presented the annual fire department report. The council sincerely enjoyed the presentation and said Chief Bailey and his department are doing an outstanding job.

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