by Bryan Burke
Associate Editor of The River City News
(republished with permission)
The Campbell County Fiscal Court accepted a grant of just under $85,000 to clean up an illegal open dump located at 8242 Licking Pike in Campbell County. The dump was first spotted by county officials when they were on sight at a nearby location at which it became evident at first sight that the dumping was illegal and extensive. If the amount of the grant proves insufficient to fund the clean up the Fiscal Court may apply for a supplemental grant which if awarded would pay for the remaining cost of the effort.
“As big as this thing is, you figured somebody would have seen it,” said Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, “but it's sort of down slope from the road and you can drive right by without seeing it and it was spotted by our folks at Hawthorne Crossing. It's astonishing that people get away with things like that, I mean, it is huge.”
The County will bid to private companies to clean up the dump and the job will not be done by County employees.
TANK explains how new east-west route is working
The General Manager of Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) Andrew Aiello presented to the Campbell County Fiscal Court on Wednesday some updated information of the company's bus and shuttle services in the area.
Mr. Aiello said that Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Countues, where TANK operates, pay the company 15 million dollars a year which makes up 70-percent of the agency's revenue. Money from fares for the TANK buses and Southbank Shuttle make up only 20 percent of the revenue coming into the business.
In 1978, voters in Campbell and Kenton Counties approved a general occupation license fee which provides funding to both of those Fiscal Courts. TANK receives no tax dollars directly, instead they make a budget proposal to all three Fiscal Courts.
He also talked about the new 35X Route that travels East to West across all three counties, launched last August. The 35X is the seventh most traveled express bus and 18th most traveled route overall in the TANK system. The company has adjusted its ride times to align better with specific locations for increased ridership like timing their routes to coincide with Northern Kentucky University class times.
TANK gives free rides to any NKU student or faculty with a valid ID as part of its UPASS program, including the summer months. The school pays TANK for free ridership for its students and staff.
Other notable items:
- The Fiscal Court accepted a $10,000 grant for ambulance grant funding from the Kentucky Board of Emergency Services. The funds will be divided between numerous fire districts in the County. The Court then agreed to apply for the same grant next year.
- The County Shred Day event will take place in the Disabled American Veterans parking lot at 3725 Alexandria Pike in Cold Springs where residents can bring up to five boxes of paper they would like shredded. The event was held at the same parking lot in 2013 and 2014 with a sizable turnout.
- Park fees for AJ Jolly and Pendery Park will increase between $1 to $5 for premium lakefront sights. There will also be an increase on rental fees for certain shelters. The rates have not been raised for several years until now. Finance Director Matt Elberfeld said the increase is expected to translate into $7,000 for the year, which he says the County will use for more programming in the parks.
- A motion was carried to accept the resignation of Sergeant David Halfhill of the Campbell County Police Department who is leaving the job to become the new Dayton Police Chief.
- The Fiscal Court will execute a contract to allow the Campbell County Fire Protection Association to access $60,000 to maintain the County's fire training facility and other training expenses. The funds would be available to them on a reimbursement basis.