|A celebration of Arbor Day in Highland Heights is happening even though extra safety precautions have forced some changes. Still, 10 lucky families can win a tree or shrub!|
by Robin Gee, city council beat editor
Highland Heights city council met twice in September. The 2020 property tax rate was the main topic of discussion at both meetings as well as a public hearing held September 11. Council members voted unanimously to approve a rate of $1.61 per $1,000 in valuation of property. The rate is the compensating rate plus the four percent allowable by Kentucky law. Members noted that it is less than the rate for 2019 but would increase revenue for the city.
In other city news, Highland Heights Police Chief Bill Birkenhauer noted that the department recently received accreditation from the Kentucky Police Chiefs Association. The Association inspects police departments, going through all policies, procedures and operations. The department also received its biennial check up by the Kentucky League of Cities, receiving an exceptionally of high grade 97.92. He said he was proud of his department and noted the high rating could help lower the department’s insurance rates.
Mayor Greg Meyers and council members expressed regret that COVID-19 restrictions have interfered with and curtailed plans for some citywide events. The children’s Christmas party and annual breakfast for seniors have both been canceled for the year. In better news, Halloween trick-or-treating will be held this year on Saturday, October 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to practice social distancing, wear masks and have fun.
A celebration of Arbor Day will also move forward this year, but with safety precautions in place. This Saturday, October 3, an event will be held at the city building from 9 a.m. to noon. The mayor will read a proclamation for the day and will dedicate an Honor Tree. Residents are invited to drive in to the city building parking lot and register for a tree giveaway. Ten gift cards worth $150 will be provided to 10 lucky winners. Winners will be chosen between 11 a.m. and noon and will receive their choice of a tree or shrub to plant.