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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ft. Thomas City Council Notes (Deer Birth Control, Code Enforcement Up, Imperial Apartments)

By Pat Lafleur, 
FortThomasMatters City Beat

Last night's city council meeting was, once again, a fairly relaxed affair, with only a few issues requesting the council's attention:

    ⁃       Deer were on the docket once more as a resident of Shaw Ln. opened the meeting by expressing her concern that Ft. Thomas City Council has shown little interest in exploring alternative methods of deer population control. Currently in place is a city ordinance that allows for bow-hunting deer within residential areas of Ft. Thomas.

            The resident cited literature that suggests birth control and sterilization as a cheaper, more effective, and less dangerous alternative. According to her report, a friend of hers living on Riverside Pkwy recently found two arrows in her backyard. This issue arises on the heels of Council approving the funding of another deer population census earlier this Spring.

For more information on Ft. Thomas's efforts to control deer population, click here.
    ⁃       City Administrator Don Martin presented to Council the Finance Committee's recommended budget for 2013-2014, which council unanimously approved. More detail regarding the city budget is available upon request. Stay tuned to Ft. Thomas matters for an upcoming report.

    ⁃       Mr. Martin also addressed Ft. Thomas's recent increase in Code Enforcement throughout the city. So far in 2013, 57 violation letters have been served to 48 properties, which is a high rate according to recent trends.

    ⁃       Council member Tom Lampe chimed in to ensure that the City wants to address code compliance issues with Ft. Thomas residents and businesses alike "in as friendly a way as possible." Mr. Martin added that with very little exception, code violators have appreciated when the city brings an issue to their attention, and the issue is usually resolved quickly.

            Mr. Martin also mentioned Imperial Apts. during this discussion. During the last City Council meeting, residents presented to council concerns over a lack of landlord oversight on the property. FTPD Chief Daly and the residents have a meeting scheduled sometime in the coming weeks.

    ⁃       Mr. Martin also announced that during the month of June, construction on the sewer lines surrounding the Tower Park History Museum and Amphitheater will result in a closing of the museum parking lot.

A number of readers have requested more information on last week's Board of Adjustments meeting. More information on this to come, so stay tuned!

Lastly, Council was sure not to convene before giving a preview of this year's Independence Day festivities, which will occur in 2 phases - starting on June 29 with an antique car show at Tower Park, and then the traditional parade and party in the park on the 4th. Here for more details.

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