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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

City Council Round-Up: 4th of July Commended, City Projects, SD1 Partnership

This week's Fort Thomas City Council meeting was full of accolades and acknowledgments:

Mayor Brown recognizes Patty and Willie Dobbling for their service to Fort Thomas (Photo: Pat LaFleur)

4th of July Parade

Mayor Mary Brown was happy to recognize Patty and Willie Dobbling for their years of service to the city of Fort Thomas, and particularly their work with St. Andrews Church, the Brighton Center, and the Ft. Thomas Lyons Club and Garden Club. Mayor Brown also took this opportunity to officially recognize the Dobblings as Grand Marshals of the 2013 July 4th Parade.

A letter from Judge Joy Moore, of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, was also read, commending Fort Thomas on its parade festivities, calling them "a model of what this holiday is all about."

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Fire Chief Mark Bailey reported that the Fort Thomas Fire Department saw the induction of its newest officer this month, firefighter Kyle Kaufman. 

Police Chief Mike Daly reported that Off. Adam Brown is soon to return from the injured list, and also happily reported a successful CSI (crime scene investigation) camp at Highlands Middle School this past month. "Everyone did a fantastic job working with the middle school teachers and kids," Chief Daly applauded.

City Projects Under Review

City Administrator Don Martin briefed council on various maintenance projects throughout the city:

  • The Tower Park amphitheater sewer/drainage line repair work has been completed. Now efforts will be redirected toward repairing the foundation of the Fort Thomas Tower Park History Museum, located just south of the amphitheater. City staff will be reviewing contractor bids over the next few weeks.
  • Mr. Martin expressed anticipation for this year's Music & Merchants Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 28th in Tower Park.
  • Winkler Field at Woodfill will undergo re-grading and re-seeding. Council voted unanimously to approve what Mr. Martin described as "the lowest and best bid" for the project, submitted by Team All-Sports, for $38,000.
  • Sanitation District 1 has proposed storm-water facility upgrades and repairs on and around Rossford, prior to the Rossford Street Repair Program begins. SD1 and the city of Fort Thomas will split the cost, which is estimated at $169,000.

Finally, council member Jay Fossett also took a moment to recognize Amanda Joering, former Fort Thomas reporter for The Enquirer and the Community Recorder, who was regrettably let go with Gannett's most recent round of downsizing. Gannett shut the doors to their northern Kentucky offices last Thursday

Fort Thomas Matters shares Mr. Fossett's and council's opinion that this community has lost a valuable source of local news and information. We at FTM are now all the more motivated to continue providing regular, detailed coverage of Fort Thomas civic, political, and police issues, as they break.