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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Monday Council Meeting finishes quick


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Reporter

The Fort Thomas Council Meetings have gone so smoothly lately that nothing major occurred during Monday’s meeting.

Throughout the process, council members joked about how short the meeting would last. It ended up lasting just 11 minutes and 16 seconds.

“All the elected officials are focused on what’s best for the city,” said Don Martin, Fort Thomas City Administrative Officer. “I think people do have differences of opinion. But when it comes to big-picture issues, they all really care about their city.”

Martin even pointed out that the pay of the elected officials is the lowest in Northern Kentucky. Council members receive $72 a year.

Mayor Mary Brown was not present at the meeting. So Mayor Pro-Temp Eric Haas presided over it.

The main thing that occurred during the meeting was the approval of Ordinance 11.2013 on adjusting the fees of collecting trash. Residents will see an increase of three percent and businesses will see an increase of six percent.

The council also approved re-appointing Jann Seidenfaden as City Attorney and appointing Joseph Ewald as Director of Finance. Ewald takes over for his dad, Fred Ewald. Fred Ewald held the position for about 25 years.

Fort Thomas Fire Chief Mark Bailey and Police Chief Michael Daly said things went smooth at the 4th at the Fort event at Tower Park over the weekend. They expressed gratitude for nothing major occurring during the festivities.

No citizens attended the meeting. But City Clerk Melissa Kelly did read a letter thanking Mayor Brown for the Northern Kentucky Senior Games recently held in Fort Thomas.

Martin also requested that city representatives be ready for the Fourth of July Parade at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The city administrators and council then extended an invitation for people to attend the parade.

The next scheduled meeting is July 15 at 7 p.m.

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