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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

City Council Round-Up: 2014 Street Improvements, Door-to-Door Scam, Winter Fire Trends, and Rare Diseases Day

Reporter, Fort Thomas Matters

The 2014 Street Improvement Plan, a new door-to-door scam, police and fire department reports, and Rare Disease Day were all discussed by Fort Thomas City Council Tuesday night:

2014 Street Improvement

Councilman Eric Haas, on behalf of the Fort Thomas Public Works Committee, presented the committee’s recommendations for streets to include in this year’s Capital Improvement Program:

1 - Rossford Ave. from Clover Ridge to Corporate Line (near Covert Run)
2 - Capri Dr.
3 - Shawnee Ave.
4 - Garrison Ave.
5 - Toni Terrace
6 - Franklin Ave.
7 - Shamrock Ln.

The City of Bellevue has agreed to resurface the portion of Rossford that runs into Bellevue, so that the entire street gets resurfaced.

The committee recommends that Capital Program to include replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, curbs and driveway aprons on the recommended streets.

Other street improvements include renovations to the intersection of Cochran Ave. and Greene St. in Tower Park, as well as realignment of the tennis court parking lot with the Armory parking lot, which would create 14 more parking spaces in the park.

Finally, the committee recommends proceeding on the construction of a new salt dome along Army Reserve Rd. The new dome was approved by Council back in 2012. The dome is tentatively scheduled as a joint effort with Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS), to allow for school bus parking on site.

“It will pay for itself very quickly,” Haas said about the dome, “especially with winters like this one."

The committee estimates the cumulative cost for 2014 street improvements at approximately $667,000.

Door-to-Door Scam

Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly reported to Council a white male, possibly in his early twenties, driving a white pick-up truck is suspected for driving door to door and unlawfully soliciting residents for donations to Highlands High School.

Police believe this to be a strategy for surveying Fort Thomas neighborhoods for potential burglary targets, Daly explained.

Daly verified that the suspect has hit residences on Clover Ridge and Barrett Drive.

For more details, see FTM’s breaking story.

Winter Fires Trending in KY

Fort Thomas Fire Chief Mike Bailey reported that Kentucky has seen 28 fire deaths this winter, a figure he described as “extremely high.”

FTM reported on the fatal fire on Tower Hill Rd. earlier this month. 

Bailey issued these reminders to Council and the public for practicing good fire safety:

- Just as important as changing your smoke detector batteries every six months is checking your batteries periodically

- Wherever you are, quickly take note of two different possible emergency exits

- give at least three feet of clearance between alternative heating devices (e.g. space heaters) and other items

In light of the fire department’s busy month, Bailey said, “I can’t speak highly enough of our personnel.” 

In lighter FTFD news, Bailey was also happy to report that Fort Thomas Firefighter Matt Stuart has been named Northern Kentucky University’s “Alumni of the Year.”

Rare Disease Day

Mayor Mary Brown began Tuesday night’s meeting by proclaiming February 28 to be Rare Disease/Histio Day, in honor of Fort Thomas resident Joey Holt

Joey is a young Fort Thomas resident who has Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare type of immune disease.

Joey and his family and friends were present at the meeting to receive the proclamation.

See the full proclamation, and more details on Rare Disease Day here

Of additional note, Southgate resident and candidate to replace Sen. Katie Stine in the Kentucky State Legislature Jason Steffen was in attendance Tuesday night and addressed council, introducing himself as a candidate and thanking them for the opportunity to address Council. 

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