By Pat Lafleur, Fort Thomas Matters City Beat Writer
The theme to tonight’s Ft. Thomas City Council meeting was recap.
- The meeting opened and closed with informational summaries of the Clover Ridge/Rossford street repair project. Councilman Eric Haas reported that last week’s public hearing (3-26) measured generally favorable public opinion for the project. The meeting adjourned with the first reading of the city ordinance calling for the project to begin.
- Fire Chief Mark Bailey submitted the FTFD 2012 Annual Report for council’s approval. Chief Bailey summarized the department’s general success raising funds and grant moneys, continuing community fire safety education programs, and fire run statistics staying consistent. The only thing the FTFD wasn’t ready for in 2012 was the passing of one of its forefathers, Former Chief William Dieckman (Chief 1983-1998), on December 20. Chief Bailey’s report recognized the late Chief Dieckman’s service.
- Debbie Buckley, Fort Thomas Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director also submitted her 2012 Annual Report to council. Ms. Buckley praised the city’s community-building initiatives in 2012, like the Holiday Hop and numerous fundraisers for the Tower Park Museum.
She also recalled the Salute to Veterans evening as a success, being the first in her memory to show an equal representation between men and women veterans. “I want people to remember why this city on the Highlands became Fort Thomas,” Buckley explained, “That is the highlight of my year.”
Ms. Buckley also looked ahead to the summer months, hinting at a July 4th event that should be “bigger and better.” The Merchants and Music Festival announced John Michael Montgomery as its headliner. The Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market will resume on May 1, every Wednesday afternoon in the Historic district. The Ft. Thomas Plaza Market will resume its Friday schedule.
Once Ms. Buckley had finished her presentation, Mayor Mary Brown commended her, “I can’t imagine getting all that done in a year.”
- Assistant City Administrator Ronald Dill, sitting in for City Administrator Martin, reported to council that the agreements for the VA homes project (see: CityCouncil Notes 3-17) have been signed by the city and returned to the DVA for signatures.
Mr. Dill also addressed questions he’d received throughout the week regarding the construction equipment at the top of Tower Park’s amphitheater. The Water & Sanitation District is repairing a failed water main on the hillside, but Mr. Dill assured council – and Ms. Buckley – that the issue would be resolved by early summer.
- Before adjourning, Mayor Brown applauded the Recreation Department’s Easter Egg Hunt this weekend for filling and hiding some 85,000 eggs to be hunted on Saturday morning.