|RECA Roller Skating Rink, serving Alexandria since 1958, will close March 1 but a zone change paves the way for new business at that location.|
by Robin Gee, city council beat editor
A new business will make use of the old RECA Roller Rink Site in Alexandria, thanks to a zone change from Residential 1V to Highway Commercial.
The change will enable business owner Chuck Pfaehler to go ahead with plans to turn the rink space at 11 Viewpoint Drive into commercial and office space for his business, Peak Heating & Air, Inc., and related businesses.
- All storage of materials and equipment will be stored inside the building.
- The uses permitted will be limited to the HVAC business offices and operations as described by Mr. Pfaehler and additional uses of a similar nature.
- All additional uses in the HC zone are excluded.
- Sufficient hard surface parking to be provided as deemed necessary for the permitted uses as calculated and approved by the city.
It was a bittersweet moment for city officials and the owner of the rink, Kelly Danner. The RECA Roller Rink began at that location in 1958. The Danner family took over the business in the 1980s, and the current owner announced in October 2019 that she will shut down the operation on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
In honor of the long-standing business and its importance to the community, Pfaehler said he plans to name the location the RECA Business Center.
|RECA Roller Skate Rink owner Kelly Danner receives proclamation from Alexandria Mayor Andy Schabell.|
Mayor Andy Schabell also honored the former owner at the January 16 Alexandria city council meeting. He presented her with a proclamation recognizing the importance of the skating rink to the entire community.
March 1 is proclaimed RECA Roller Rink Day, and the proclamation read in part, "Families have been coming to RECA Roller Rink for roller skating, birthday parties, school functions and many other special events for over 60 years and whereas RECA has been a source of fun, exercise and entertainment creating decades of memories..."
Longtime Planning and Zoning Member Honored
|Planning and Zoning Board member Ron Johnson (r) receives a plaque from Alexandria Mayor Andy Schabell in gratitude for his service since 1988.|
Schabell took the opportunity at the council meeting to honor a longtime member of the Planning and Zoning Board who is stepping down. Ron Johnson has served on the board since 1988 and even took a short six-month stint as an interim city council member when he was needed.
The mayor presented Johnson with a plaque and thanked him for his service and the sacrifices he made in support of the city.
At the prior council meeting, city officials approved the mayor’s appointment of Michelle Nelson to fill Johnson’s position on the board. Nelson has served on the city’s Ethics Committee and has been active in community events.
Another position has opened up on the Planning and Zoning board. Member Tom Wheeler has stepped down due to illness. Schabell said he will appoint a replacement but will seek the approval of board chairs in making that decision. Those Alexandria residents interested in the position can make their interest known through a city board application form on the city website under “Other Boards and Commissions.”
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The Police Department introduced its new department social worker Cassie Hensley. She holds a masters degree in social work and was a past intern for the department. The police department is also hosting two social work interns from Northern Kentucky University this semester.
The council honored city resident Preston Hummel whose home at 32 Shaw Drive won a certificate as the Best Winter Christmas Yard from the Beautification Committee.
|The home at 32 Shaw Drive won Best Winter Christmas Yard award from the Alexandria Beautification Committee.|
The Beautification Committee is also beginning to plan for the city’s annual Spring Craft Show, which will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Alexandria Community Center, 8236 West Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local crafters interested in having a booth can contact Kim Wagner at 859-635-6359 or firstname.lastname@example.org