CITY OF CRESTVIEW HILLS
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 8, 2004
CALL TO ORDER - With the Pledge of Allegiance and a silent prayer, Mayor Paul W. Meier called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
ROLL CALL - Present were Messrs., Ralph Laird, Frank Sommerkamp, Joe Maloney, and Harold Ries. Mr. David Kramer and Mrs. Terri Jameson were in absentia.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Mayor Meier added the minutes from the special meeting of March 25, 2004 under APPROVAL OF MINUTES. Accepted as amended. Ayes carried.
Motion: Mr. Ries Second: Mr. Laird
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - From March 11, 2004, accepted as presented. Ayes carried.
Motion: Mr. Ries Second: Mr. Laird
Members present requested a postponement until the April council meeting of the approval of the special meeting minutes from March 25, 2004.
CITIZENS AND GUESTS
Colonel Paul Herbst, Chief of Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police Authority was present, as was Joan Trame and Janet Buhr from the College Park subdivision.
Betsy Conrad, Steve Conrad, Marty McDonald, and Howard Tunkersly were present to give a historical recount of the Dinsmore Homestead in Burlington.
1) A press release was read regarding the redevelopment of the Crestview Hills Mall and the financing delays brought forward by Kenton County for the developer.
2) The Ft. Mitchell appreciation dinner will take place Saturday April 17 at 6:30 PM.
3) A proclamation for Municipal Clerks week (May 2 through 8) was signed.
4) The county subcontracted the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to study zoning for sexually oriented businesses. The read out will be held Tuesday April 20 at 7PM at the Ft. Mitchell City Building.
5) The Mayor has been selected to serve on the Dixie Hwy. corridor study.
Mr. Groth reported on the following:
1. The City Building will be closed April 9 for spring holiday.
2. Mr. Groth will attend the spring conference for the City and County Administrators in Nashville, TN April 28 - 30.
3. Kenton County Deputy Judge Executive Scott Kimmish will be working on an animal control ordinance that shall be presented to cities for passage in the near future.
4. A letter was read from a person whose life was saved by the Ft. Mitchell paramedics.
A. Resolution 2004-4-1
Mayor Meier stated that the intent of this resolution was to enter into an interlocal agreement with Kenton County Fiscal Court to provide advanced life support services to the citizens of Kenton County.
The Mayor introduced Dave Jansen from the Ft. Mitchell life squad to inform council of the history of ALS (advanced life support) in the Northern Kentucky area. Mr. Jansen noted that since 1980, paramedics have been used in the tri-county area, mostly through a third party company, such as Trans Care. Boone County has been phasing out the usage of Trans Care, who has been having financial difficulties for the last two years. Subscription sales have waned throughout Kenton County for Trans Care. The Mayor’s Group and Fiscal Court believe this to be a quality of life issue for all residents of Kenton County and upon approval by a majority of cities in Kenton County, the issue of another real property tax shall be voted upon the general election ballot of November 2004 to be imposed upon real property owners within the county to support advanced life support services for all residents within Kenton County.
Interim funding will be provided by each participating city in Kenton County on a per capita basis and Kenton County Fiscal Court will contribute 25% of the annual cost of the service until such time that long-term funding is implemented.
Long term funding consists of a special district created to provide ALS services in Kenton County, exclusive of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Covington to whom a real property tax rate of not less than two cents per $100 of assessed valuation will be proposed on the general election ballot in November 2004. The long term funding proposal includes “soft” billing rather than “hard” billing, and Trans Care would terminate subscription sales.
It is believed that paramedics could be stationed in Erlanger, Taylor Mill, Independence, and Ft. Mitchell should the levy pass, which would provide 24/7 coverage for the county.
After Resolution header reading by Mayor Meier, Mr. Sommerkamp moved passage of resolution 2004-4-1, seconded by Mr. Maloney. Ayes carried.
Public Works – Mr. Sommerkamp reported on the following:
Ø Plans, specifications, and notice to bidders are complete on the proposed additional eastbound lane on Thomas More Parkway. Bids will be received on May 4, 2004 at 4PM at the City Building.
Ø The City is working with the Kenton County Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Transportation to construct a new storm sewer from the Dixie Highway to a point in the rear of Caywood School. This will help relieve the storm water ponding problem in the rear yards our residents on the south side of Summit Drive. The field survey work is complete and the project is in the design stage.
Ø The City will be improving the northeast side of the Dixie Highway and Winding Way intersection by moving back the steel pole for the traffic signal, removing part of the guardrail and building board fence to match the southwest side of the intersection.
Ø The City Engineer is preparing detailed plans for the construction of an earthen berm along the rear of the lots on the northeast side of Woodspoint Drive. This berm would provide a sound buffer between the houses on Woodspoint Drive and the traffic on I-275. Meetings with the Kentucky Highway Dept. and contractors are in process.
Ø The City of Crestview Hills has the necessary permits to landscape the traffic island on Turkeyfoot Rd. south of I-275. Work on this project will begin very soon.
Finance - Mayor Meier reported the committee will meet the week of the 19th.
Police Authority - Mr. Laird informed council that the authority is currently one officer short and is working to rectify the situation.
Economic Development – Mr. Kramer stated that the committee continues to work on issues related to the mall redevelopment. Mr. Groth stated that the change presented to residents in the March 24, 2004 special meeting has been deemed a minor change.
Recreation/Communication – Mr. Groth reported that those who attended on Saturday, April 3 enjoyed the second annual Easter egg hunt. Bus trips to Great American Ball Park have been planned for June 15, July 17, and August 28, with independent transportation for tickets sold for May 24. The next committee meeting will be held May 5, 2004 at Summit Hills Country Club.
Building – Mike Hargis left two plans at the City Building for review. One plan constructed a 9000 sq. ft. addition to the current building at a cost of approximately $900,000. The second would construct a brand new building of 11,000 sq. ft. and cost approximately 1.3 million. Bids for architects will go out in the near future after another committee recommends addition or new building plans.
Personnel – Mayor Meier stated a brief meeting would be arranged before next council meeting.
After general discussion, motion to adjourn made by Mr. Laird, seconded by Mr. Maloney at 8:33PM.
Mayor Paul W. Meier City Clerk C.R. Wirthlin