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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

City Council Notes 4.15.13 (Including Update on Police Chase)

By Pat Lafleur, 
FortThomasMatters City Beat

April 15, 2013: a day of looming headlines. The U.S. files its taxes. Cesar Chavez’s chosen successor is elected to the Venezuelan presidency, to mixed global response. Background checks for U.S. gun purchases remain hung in limbo. Violence erupts in Iraq, and a mysterious, horrific pair of explosions rocks the Boston Marathon.

So maybe it was a good thing that, in Ft. Thomas City Council chambers, there were no such headlines. The brief, 30-minute council meeting focused primarily on the lighter side of Ft. Thomas life:

   Asst. City Administrator Ron Dill delivered the General Services Dept. 2012 Annual Report. With facts and figures sitting precisely where Mr. Dill expected them, he was happy to report that the installment of Rossford Park and the on-going development of the Highland Park dog park continue to see high rates of activity and engagement from residents.

   The Fort Thomas Fire Department followed suit, gladly reporting a successful month of March, with a strong turnout of 42 participants in last month’s Weather Spotters seminar, and a brand new FEMA grant, procured for a new defibrillator unit and in-house alerting system. 

   Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly rounded out the good news, reporting that all current FTPD Academy cadets are performing well, and -- despite the warming of the weather -- crime levels for the month of March remained flat (instead of increasing, as was expected).

   Chief Daily also made sure to comment on the high-speed chase that occurred last Wednesday night. Chief Daily clarified and augmented a few of the details I reported last week. To amend my earlier report, Chief Daily explained that the chase originated with Southgate Police initiating pursuit on I-471, a chase that resulted in the suspect crashing into two parked vehicles (as opposed to just one) on Dixie Ave. The pursuit also involved Newport police (in addition to Ft. Thomas and Southgate). All other facts reported last week were confirmed by Chief Daly’s statement.

After the departmental reports, Mayor Brown asked council for old and new business, and crickets chirped. A quiet two weeks in Ft. Thomas, and a quiet City Council meeting.

In fact, if this week’s Ft. Thomas City Council meeting were any sort of barometer, one would think nothing were going on in the world at all. Given the events actually going on yesterday, maybe that was intentional.

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