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Monday, May 19, 2014

City Council Round-Up: Street Resurfacing Moves Forward, FTPD Grows

Fort Thomas City Council chambers got what will most likely be a preview of the next four years to come, as Councilman and current Mayor Pro-tem Eric Haas presided over Monday night’s council meeting, in Mayor Mary Brown’s absence. 

Council heard discussion of the 2014 street resurfacing, the FTPD monthly report, a possible cooperation between the city and the Red Cross, and the continuation of other civic projects.

2014 Street Resurfacing

This year’s round of street resurfacing gained some ground at Monday night’s City Council meeting, beginning with city ordinance O-05-2014, expressing the city’s intent to proceed with the 2014 Street Resurfacing Program  The ordinance was approved unanimously by council. The first reading of the ordinance occurred on May 5th. 

Among other projects, the 2014 program will involve continued improvement and resurfacing to Rossford Ave. City Administrator Don Martin also reported to council that storm sewer repairs on Rossford are to begin in the next couple of weeks, in preparation for the full street resurfacing program, which will begin in late summer.

Martin reported that the city considered a number of competitive bids from contractors to complete the project. Eaton Asphalt offered the most competitive bid, with whom Council unanimously approved a contract Monday night.

FTPD Monthly Report

FTPD Chief Mike Daly presents Officer
Adam Peak with his badge/FTM
Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly also introduced council to the FTPD’s newest officer, Officer Adam Peak, coming to Fort Thomas from the Winchester Police Department. Peak was an honor student at Eastern Kentucky University, graduating with a degree in Police Studies. He, his wife, and 10-month-old daughter just recently moved to Fort Thomas.

“He knows how to be a cop,” Daly commented to council. 

Councilman and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Tom Lampe also commented, “There were some strong candidates, but Adam really stood out. It was an easy decision.”

Daly also briefed council on last week’s tragic auto accident on Memorial Parkway, which culminated in the death of Highlands grad Randy Runyan. Officer Emily Leising is currently working with the county to investigate the incident, Daly reported.

Finally, Daly also briefed council on recent changes made to departmental policies and procedures, which were enacted as a result of the recent renewal of the FTPD’s re-accreditation. Accreditation for local police departments in Kentucky happens must be renewed every five years, and the FTPD was one of the first departments in the state to go through the process of accreditation.

Among other additions to departmental policy, new language has been introduced to prepare department officials to better handle large-scale incidents, active shooter scenarios, and drug trafficking, Daly reported.

“We’re staying current with what’s happening across the nation,” Daly commented about the amendments. 

Red Cross Proposes Using Armory as Emergency Shelter

Administrator Martin explained to Council that the Red Cross has approached the city, requesting that the Armory facility located in Tower Park be placed on a list of possible locations to be used as a shelter in case of an emergency.

Martin described the proposal as a “standard agreement,” to which the city responded with a few requests for amendments. 

Martin said that, if the deal goes through, the agreement would be considered on a case-by-case basis, and also confirmed that the Red Cross would be required to carry insurance to cover any use of the space.

Council unanimously approved Martin proceed with the negotiations.

Projects Around Town

Martin also reported to Council that work will soon begin on the new salt storage facility, which will take up residence in the Midway District near Tower Park.

Martin also briefed Council on progress made on Winkler Field — adjacent to Woodfill Elementary — work which will wrap up as baseball season begins to escalate. “It has been a fantastic partnership between the schools and the city,” Martin said. Work will resume once the baseball season has concluded.

Martin concluded his remarks by informing council and residents present that Duke Energy, in concordance with a mandate from the Department of Transportation, will be conducting mandatory inspections of gas meters during the months of May through July.

Duke has contracted Southern Cross to perform the inspections, and Martin advised residents to be aware of the impending inspections.

Photo: Fort Thomas City Council meets in the city building Monday night/FTM   

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