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Thursday, March 19, 2015

General Services Department Annual Report: 2014

The new signs found around town. The General Services Department oversees the Design and Review Board with gives these signs the OK.
The General Services Annual Report was presented to council at the last meeting. General Services composes a multitude of services in Fort Thomas from battling harsh winter seasons to help our streets stay clear to overseeing The Recreation Department to administering new building and construction.

Board of Adjustment

There were 22 Board of Adjustment applications presented in 2014 and all 22 were approved. BOA applications are made up of things like yard variances, additions, driveways, decks, garages, pools etc.

Last year in Fort Thomas, there were many miscellaneous buildings or structures built:

Decks (39), pools (3), fences (33), storage buildings (21), signs (3), grading (2), demolitions (5).

There were 331 building permits issued in 2014 (up from 309 in 2013 and 253 in 2012), 17 of which were new single-family units. The total valuation of all 2014 building permits came out to $10,929,574. 

$49,093 were the total amount of fees the city collected for these projects.

The majority of the new construction homes were on Casagrande Street and were in the range of $320,000 - $407,500.

The number of new construction homes over the last 10 years:
2005 - 7
2006 - 12
2007 - 19
2008 - 7
2009 - 10

2010 - 21
2011 - 14
2012 - 18
2013 - 28
2014 - 23


There were 138 complaints received in 2014, up from 117 in 2013 and 75 in 2012. Of those 138 and investigated, 14 received no violation. 1 violation was resolved with no additional correspondence.

102 violation letters were mailed, 16 of which required a second letter mailed and only 3 needed 3 violation letters mailed. Two violations were referred to district court, down from 4 in 2013 and 2 additionally in 2012.

Street Resurfacing Program
Seven streets were resurfaced in Fort Thomas. Eaton Asphalt was once again the low bidder and preferred the program based on a bid of $309,363.

The seven streets done were Toni Terrace, Shamrock Lane, Franklin Avenue, Garrison Avenue, Shawnee Avenue, Rossford Avenue and Capri Avenue.

Here are the streets slated for repair in 2015. The public hearing is March 24 at 6:00 PM. 

Salt Dome
Council approved the construction of a salt dome this year so that the city could buy more salt to use during the winter months at a cost savings to the city. The salt dome cost the city $179,410 to complete the entire structure.

It is 61 feet in diameter with a maximum capacity of 2600 tons of material or 1800 tons without conveyor.

In a typical winder Fort Thomas would order 1200 tons of salt and the current storage bins before the salt dome would only store 400 tons of salt to be stored at any one time. This not only puts prices at a variable but availability became an issue if the winters were particularly harsh, like the last two.

Construction of the salt dome took two seasons. 
The finished product of the salt dome in Fort Thomas. 

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