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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Jeff Bezold: Why I Am Running for Fort Thomas City Council

Jeff Bezold and his family.
By Jeff Bezold 

We have a very special thing here in Fort Thomas. Serving on Fort Thomas City Council is my way of giving back to the city that we all know and love. Growing up in Fort Thomas was and is as good as it gets. When I was a kid, my parents trusted in the city and felt safe enough allow us to play in the streets until dark, ride bikes to Convenient in the middle of town or to school and walk to our friend’s house after school or on the weekends. This is exactly what I want for my kids.

It’s not in every community you go to where you see neighbors talking with neighbors or kids playing games like man hunt, kickball, kick the can, tag or just running throughout the neighborhood in the front and back yards, streets and sidewalks. On any given weekend night, on any given street or neighborhood you drive down in the city the chances are pretty good of stumbling upon an impromptu firepit for the adults while the kids are running and playing (without electronics).

This is what Fort Thomas is to me! A great place to raise a family, A great place for your children to get an excellent education, A great sense of community, A great place to call HOME.

I’m seeking my 3rd term on Fort Thomas City Council and continue my work with the citizens and the city to ensure the future of this wonderful place we all call home.

We are in the middle of exciting times and nearing the completion of our Comprehensive Plan that will ensure the city is moving forward for many years, which I was selected to Chair the Parks and Open space portion of the plan. With many of the citizens of Fort Thomas working side by side with Council, City Staff and hired Engineers and Designers there are many improvements coming to the city some of which are listed below:

  • Communication/Notification methods used by the city
  • Parking in the Midway District
  • Safe routes to schools’ sidewalks
  • Updating crosswalk indicators
  • Updated play equipment in the parks
  • Ziplines, Ropes Course, Bike parks, Splash pads
  • Route 8 rejuvenation-camping, canoe launch, walking paths
  • Smart City initiative
  • Connectivity with other cities
  • VA Homes restoration

During the past term on council I was appointed to Chair the Parks and Rec committee while also serving on the Financial & Public Works Committees. Our parks are a huge asset to the city and my passion for them made me a good fit to chair the department. Through the Comprehensive Plan we are planning on investing to update our parks to rival that of any in the region.

Attractions like the Zip Line, Ropes Course, Bike Park, Pickle Ball and organized events through the Parks Department will bring visitors to our city and patrons to our local businesses. With the potential of a hotel being built in close proximity to Tower Park, having the ability to host corporate events in the Mess Hall and having a “Team Building” activity located outside the doors of the Mess Hall meeting space, Tower Park becomes that much more of a destination and will bring business to our local shops and restaurants.

Fort Thomas is one of the most sought-after cities in the Commonwealth to live. We have excellent schools, we have been named the safest city in Kentucky thanks to our Police and Fire departments, our streets and sidewalks look great are made safe by the Public Works Department. Current Council, the Mayor and City Staff work very hard to preserve the history of what makes our city so wonderful and drive the improvements that will ensure we are moving forward in a positive direction with the tangible and intangibles the city has to offer.

As a Fort Thomas City Councilman, it is my job to make decisions based on what is best for the city and its citizens. The decisions I make are based on common sense while being fiscally responsible.

It has been a privilege and honor to represent the citizens of Fort Thomas over the past 2 terms of Fort Thomas City Council. I would appreciate your vote November 6th.


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