By Pat Lafleur,
FortThomasMatters City Beat
This week’s City Council meeting showed the first Ft. Thomas resident to address council since I began covering these meetings months ago:
Mrs. Andrea Patrick, who lives on N. Crescent, addressed council regarding the Imperial Apartments complex located at the intersection of S. Ft. Thomas Ave. and Grand Ave. Mrs. Patrick described a variety of disturbances by tenants of Imperial Apts. she claims have been ongoing for the 4 years she and her family -- a husband and two young sons, all present at the meeting -- has lived in the neighborhood. Mrs. Patrick described the apartment complex and its tenants as a “public nuisance.”
After Council had heard Mrs. Patrick’s testimony, Mayor Mary Brown deferred to FTPD Chief Michael Daly, who confirmed that increased police patrolling has been implemented around the property before, to only temporary effect. According to the Patricks’ count, the FTPD and FTFD have responded to the apartment complex over 200 times in the last four years.
Mayor Brown asked city legal counsel Jann Seidenfaden what could be done from a legislative angle. Seidenfaden explained that ordinances holding landlords legally accountable for such behavior from their tenants have been proposed to Ft. Thomas Council in the past, but has not been enacted.
Chief Daly, Ms. Seidenfaden, and City Administrator Donald Martin plan to meet with the Patricks to discuss more details, and Mayor Brown asked the Law, Labor, & License committee to study what sort of ordinance might be passed to address such issues.
Aside from the Patricks’ testimony to council, the rest of this week’s proceedings were fairly, well... procedural:
• Council approved unanimously to extend the City’s contract with Rumpke for its solid waste removal services. The contract extension will yield a small increase in the rate paid by each citizen for the service, an increase in 3% over the next 2 years.
• Mr. Martin introduced a proposed bid for the 2013 Street Program (resurfacing, etc. of Clover Ridge and surrounding streets). Council approved City staff’s recommendation to accept Eaton Asphalt’s bid of ~$232K. The bid was accepted quickly and unanimously by council.
• Mr. Martin also made mention to a KY State Senate Bill that will result in a decrease in retirement contributions as a portion of income taxes. Mr. Martin called this a “step in the right direction” for Ft. Thomas, and said copies of the report detailing this bill are available upon request.
• The water-main break above the amphitheater in Tower Park will be repaired in two phases: a temporary fix will be implemented before this summer’s concert series begins, and then -- in the fall -- a permanent solution will be put into place.