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Friday, October 11, 2019

Alexandria Shares Police Department News and Fall Plans

Alexandria Police Chief Lucas Cooper congratulates Chris Jaskowiak on his promotion to detective sergeant.

 By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor 

The Alexandria city council congratulated two Alexandria police officers at its first meeting of October. With the upcoming retirement of Detective Sergeant Gary Frodge, the department promoted Chris Jaskowiak to the detective sergeant position.

Jaskowiak came to the Alexandria Police Department six years ago after 13 years as a detective for the Kentucky State Police. After working in Alexandria as a patrol officer for a few years, he moved into an investigative position and will now lead that area, said Chief Lucas Cooper.

"Chris has a wealth of experience in that position with the Kentucky State Police and is a great asset to our agency," said the chief.

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Chief Lucas welcomes new Alexandria Police Officer Mike Kruer.

Joining the Alexandria police will be new officer Mike Kruer.

"Mike comes to us by way of the US Army. He is currently in the Air Force Reserves, and he has some prior law enforcement experience. He is a graduate of Highlands High School, so he’s a local guy who moved away from the area for a little bit and has returned. We’re excited to have him here," said Cooper.

Council business

Much of the business of the October 3 meeting was a continuation of discussions and work in the previous month. Two ordinances related to budget issues had their second readings – an ordinance amending the 2018-19 fiscal year budget to balance out the end of the year and an amendment to the 2019-20 general fund budget that corrects an error leaving out the sewer fund budget line in the budget document. Both were passed by council.

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Council also heard a first reading of a municipal order to approve and adopt a city of Alexandria investment policy. The policy is based on a policy developed by the Kentucky League of Cities to comply with state statutory changes on what municipalities can and cannot invest in. Council discussed the matter briefly and decided to refer the policy to the Finance Committee for review. Council will vote on the order at its October 17 meeting.

Mayor Andy Schabell noted, too, that due to the drought in the area, a burn ban is in place throughout the city of Alexandria and will remain so until rainfall happens. He explained that the ban came at the request of the Alexandria fire department. Campbell County currently has a burn ban in force in all unincorporated areas as well. Keep an eye on the city website to see when the ban is lifted.

Reports and discussions

Cooper reported on September traffic stops. There were 230 traffic stops and 81 radar enforcement details recorded in the city.

Schabell said he would attend and present a proclamation at the dedication ceremony for the new Bishop Brossart High School Mustang Athletic Complex on Gilbert Ridge Road. The mayor noted the sports facility has been in full use since the start of the season. While there have been "growing pains" as school personnel, city police and the neighborhood adjust to traffic, noise and related concerns, the mayor and police chief said they are confident issues will be worked out during this first season.

"This is a fantastic facility," said Schabell. "Even just pulling into the parking lot you can see this is first-class."

Council member Robert Simon reported that the Public Works committee met recently. Sidewalk replacement is underway and paving will begin shortly with a planned completion in mid-November.

Planning and Zoning review of the comprehensive plan is underway. The mayor said the new steering committee devoted to the plan met for the first time before the planning meeting and will go through the document chapter by chapter.

City Clerk Jan Johannemann reported that she contacted Rumpke with concerns voiced at the last council meeting and by city residents. Her contact there said she will look into the matter and find resolution for the issue of trucks showing up in neighborhoods too early in the morning. The city contract with the company states no pick ups before 6 a.m.

Public Works Superintendent Sam Trapp followed up on the possibility of using city property on Hickory Wood Court to create a dog park. He said the land was very steep, and he did not see room for parking. The Fire Department also expressed safety concerns should access be needed in that area.

Trapp also will continue to follow up on laying the groundwork for the possibility of adding a new city sign to budget plans for next fiscal year. He is working on establishing who owns the small piece of land the temporary sign is on and will contact them on the city’s interests for the future.

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Upcoming events and dates of note

Council member Sue Neltner reminded council and residents that the deadline to nominate a property for Best Fall or Halloween Yard is October 25 at 2 p.m. To enter, residents can email a member of the Beautification Committee with the address of their favorite decorated yard. Committee members include Neltner, Kyle Sparks and Tom Baldridge.

The mayor also reminded residents that the Calvin A. Perry Community Center, located at 8236 West Main Street, has an open gym from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for middle and high school students. Bus transportation is available from Campbell County schools. He took the opportunity to thank members of the Alexandria police and fire departments for being on hand for the kick off at the gym in September.

October 11 and 12 are Campbell County Clean Up days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the annual Campbell County household hazardous waste collection event is set for November 2.

The next Planning and Zoning commission meeting will be held on October 15 at 7p.m.

For older children and adults, the Alexandria Haunted Halloween Walk at Alexandria Community Park is set for October 19 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Cooper announced the Alexandria Police Department’s annual drug take back event is scheduled for October 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center.

Simon reminded residents of the election November 5. Two people are running for the recently vacated city council seat. Baldridge was appointed to fill that seat until the end of the term.

Halloween will be celebrated at the traditional time this year, on Thursday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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