Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fort Thomas City Council Round-Up (10-19-15)

By Amanda Dibiaso
FTM file photo. 

The Fort Thomas City Council held their monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 19, with all council members present. Here’s your round up:

Hiring of Ron Dill as City Administrator

The council unanimously voted in favor of hiring Ron Dill as the city’s new City Administrator.

Dill, who has been with the city for 28 years, has been serving as the interim City Administrator since Donald Martin retired in August. Click here to the full story.

Fire Department Report

Fire Chief Mark Bailey presented council with the department’s monthly report.

Bailey also noted that the department recently applied for a grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission for a thermal imaging camera and was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security for a new system to load cots into their ambulance.

Bailey said October, which is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, is the department’s busiest month. He reminded everyone about the importance of having smoke detectors in every room and changing the batteries in the detectors.

Police Department Report

Police Chief Mike Daly presented council with the department’s monthly report.

Daly also noted that several officers in the police department recently completed various training at the Kentucky Criminalities Academy and the Academy of Police Supervision.

He also reported that there has been an increase in burglaries in Campbell County, with Fort Thomas seeing two in the past month on Rosemont Avenue. Daly said two suspects were charged in the case and went to jail, but were released and continued burglarizing in nearby areas before being arrested and charged again in another county.


Daly reported on how well Merchants & Music festival went, saying there were very few issues and only one arrest, which was for alcohol intoxication and occurred outside of the park after the festival had ended.

The mayor and council recognized the hard work that was put into the event by city staff, the police and fire departments and the Renaissance board and volunteers.

“Debbie (Buckley) and the crews did a great job,” said Mayor Eric Haas. “It looked like people had a great time.”

City Administrator Report

City Administrator Ron Dill also presented his monthly report to the council.

Dill gave an update on the 2015 capital improvement street resurfacing plan, and said that everything is on schedule. He said resurfacing of the streets has been completed, under budget, and the barricade blocking Churchill Drive will be gone by the end of the week.

Dill also reported with an update on the VA Homes. He said staff has been working with the developer, who has agreed to front the money to create escrow funds to pay for the abatement that is required before the project can move forward. Dill said the VA is considering the proposal now.

Once the abatement work is completed, Dill said the city can transfer the property to the developer, Bloomfield/Schon.

Targeted tax incentives

Dill updated council on the targeted tax incentive program that was brought to council for consideration earlier this year.

Councilman Adam Meier has spearheaded this initiative, giving the program the name "pretty the city." The program has been in the works for the last year.

Read what it entails here. 

Dill said staff has been working with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to create a draft of the program specifics, which would need to be approved by council.

Haas said the goal of the program would be to offer tax incentives for rehabbing homes and in the city and concerting multi-family buildings into single family homes.

Council referred the draft to the law, labor and license committee for review.

Interlocal Agreement with the Kentucky Bond Corporation

The council, with the exception of Roger Peterman, who recused himself from the vote because of a conflict of interest, approved entering an interlocal agreement with the Kentucky Bond Development Corporation on behalf of St. Elizabeth.

Dill said St. Elizabeth is asking all jurisdictions where they have locations to enter the agreement, giving them the ability to issue bonds.

Leasing of daycare building in Tower Park

Council approved a one-year lease of the daycare building in Tower Park to Kids and Cribs Early Childhood Enrichment Center.

The building, formerly used a daycare among other things, is currently being used for storage.

Appointments

The council approved the following executive orders:

Re-appointing Lori Wendling to the Design Review Board
Appointing Brett Wanner as a General Services Laborer
Re-appointing Kim Rechtin to Renaissance Board
Re-appointing Nancy Meyers to Renaissance Board
Re-appointing Mike McDonough to Renaissance Board
Appointing Frank Twehues to Renaissance Board

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