|Fort Thomas firefighter, Chris Rust, painted this background for the backdrop of the "pictures with Santa" display during the holiday walk in Fort Thomas last month.|
The Fort Thomas City Council held their monthly meeting Tuesday, January 19. Councilman Jeff Bezold and Mayor Eric Haas were absent.
The meeting was fairly uneventful, with no old or new business to come before council.
Here’s your round-up:
Reports of officers:
Council accepted the monthly reports from the police and fire departments. In addition to his monthly report, Fire Chief Mark Bailey informed council that the department received a $3,200 grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission for a new thermal imaging camera.
In his monthly report, City Administrator Ron Dill said that staff is prepared to meet with the council’s public works committee to go over evaluations for the 2016 Street Resurfacing Program.
Dill also presented council with the 2015 animal control report, which includes a breakdown of the animals that animal control was contacted about throughout the year. In Fort Thomas, that included 39 dogs, 8 cats, 13 raccoons, 1 bird, 1 snake, 5 deer, 1 skunk and 1 snapping turtle.
First readings of ordinances:
The council heard the first reading of several ordinances, including one adopting the state’s yearly supplement to the Code of Ordinances, one amending the city council meeting dates for 2016 and one regarding the apportionment of cost for the 2015 Street Resurfacing Program.
Keeping with the current schedule, the meeting dates ordinance states that the council will meet once a month, the third Monday of the month, every month except June and September, when they’ll meet on the first and third Mondays of the month. Meetings that fall on a holiday will be held the following day.
Council will vote on these ordinances at their next meeting, which is Monday, February 15.
The council voted unanimously to appoint Roger Peterman to the OKI Board, re-appoint Barb Manyet to the Tree Commission and appoint Hans Tinkler to the planning commission.
Two residents addressed the council during the meeting. The first was resident Dan Fehler, who has served on the city’s planning commission for the past 35 years. Fehler spoke to the council on behalf of St. Paul United Church of Christ in regards to the church’s portion of the cost assessment for the reconstruction of Churchill Drive, where the church is located.
Fehler said that when Churchill Drive was constructed in the 1980s, he worked with the church, developer and the city on the project. At that time, Fehler said there was an agreement that the city would cover the cost of any future work completed on the street, and asked that council remove the assessment the church is receiving to pay for a portion of the recently completed reconstruction project.
Dill said he was unable to find any record of the agreement in the city’s files regarding the project.
Traditionally, property owners are responsible for a portion of the cost when the street their property is located on is resurfaced – a fee that hasn’t been waived for other property owners in the past.
Councilman Ken Bowman said without something in black and white, saying that the city agreed to cover the cost of future repairs, waiving the fee for the church could “open up a can of worms” with other property owners in the city.
Council referred the issue to staff, who is going to look at the council and committee meeting minutes from when Churchill Drive was constructed, to see if there is any reference to the agreement.
Dill said staff will report back to council at the next meeting.
The second resident to address council was Jonathan Lang, who lives on Waterworks Road. Lang voiced his concern about the large amount of storm water runoff occurring on the street, which he said is eroding the hillside.
Dill said the city is aware of the issue and that staff will contact Sanitation District No. 1, who is responsible for storm water issues, to see if they have any projects planned in the area. He also said that Waterworks Road is being considered in the city’s 2016 Street Resurfacing Program.
Lang also brought up some other issues on Waterworks Road, including the lack of a sidewalk for Johnson Elementary School students to walk to school, and an increased amount of traffic and speeding the street has seen since the construction of the Newport Pavilion.
Councilman Roger Peterman, who was sitting in for Mayor Eric Haas, thanked Lang for coming to the meeting to let council know about the issues, saying residents are the council’s “eyes and ears on the ground”.