CITY OF CRESTVIEW HILLS
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 09, 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, Mrs. Terri Jameson and Messrs. David Kramer, Joe Maloney, Harold Ries, Frank Sommerkamp, and Ralph Laird.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Revised agenda approved as submitted.
Motion: Mr. Kramer Second: Mrs. Jameson
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Regular meeting minutes of November 11, 2004. Approved as submitted.
Motion: Mr. Ries Second: Mrs. Jameson
CITIZENS AND GUESTS
Mr. Gene Ewing, representing the Summit Lakes Home Owner’s Association, appealed to council to enact an order that would prohibit parking on both sides of Legends Way on the day in January when Tony Erpenbeck’s house is auctioned. When his son’s house was auctioned last year, the HOA had $600 in minor repairs to restore grassy areas and such. Mayor Meier declared an executive order on the motion made by Mr. Sommerkamp that the City of Crestview Hills prohibits parking on both sides of the street preceding and following the auction time so property along Legends Way is not damaged. Motion seconded by Mr. Kramer. Mr. Sommerkamp stated that with enough notice, people can arrange parking in lots across Thomas More Parkway.
1) Saturday December 11 at 9AM, a special meeting between the Kenton County Mayors Group and the Kenton County Fiscal Court will be held at the Sanitation District offices on Eaton Drive. The topic for discussion will be resolving issues relating to the maintenance of streets and snow removal between cities and Kenton County.
2) A salute to outgoing councilpersons Terri Jameson and Harold Ries is planned for Tuesday December 14 between 6 and 8PM at Five Seasons. The 2005 – 2006 council will be sworn in at 7PM with the salute to follow. The hors d’oeuvres will be sponsored by the City of Crestview Hills and drinks sponsored by Adams, Stepner, Wolterman, and Dusing, with whom the City contracts legal services.
3) A planning session has been scheduled for council members and appropriate staff members on Saturday January 22 from 8AM to Noon at Five Seasons. Topics of discussion will be
Ř The new city building,
Ř Net profit versus gross receipts taxation,
Ř Future street scapes.
Mr. Groth reported on the following:
1. The City of Crestview Hills last month adopted the Alpha Company 1st platoon of the 82nd airborne division as part of the organization “America Supporting Americans.” This morning, 18 boxes collectively weighting 500 lbs. were shipped to the platoon, which contains 21 members. Estimated ship time is six to eight weeks. The goal is to ship supplies monthly around the 15th. Residents are encouraged to continue donating needed supplies.
2. Chief Herbst marked his fifth anniversary as chief on 12/1/04. A special luncheon honoring this event was held at the city building on December 1.
3. Holiday trees will be mulched by Kenton County Public Works on January 6, 2005. Trees will be accepted for drop off in the west parking lot at the city building beginning December 26.
4. The city building will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday on Friday December 24 and Monday December 27. The building will be open regular hours on Friday December 31, for those wishing to pay property taxes on the deadline date.
A. Ordinance 2004-12-1 – Mayor Meier updated council on the latest happenings concerning advanced life support services in Kenton County. A meeting was held in late November with other cities to discuss the idea of creating an interlocal agreement for ALS services between cities, with a fourth class city receiving actual licensing. Ft. Mitchell and Ft. Wright were the two cities discussed as potentially taking the lead role. Nothing is firm at this time. Depending upon future outcomes of discussions, ordinance 2004-12-1 would repeal 2004-9-3, which created a taxing district with a charge of .02/$100 real estate valuation. Mayor Meier will inform council monthly of any ongoing discussions or decisions.
Public Works – Mr. Sommerkamp reported on the following:
1) 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 of our residents on the south side of Summit Drive. Plans are completed subject to review by the Kentucky Department of Transportation. The City will apply to the Sanitation District for financial assistance on this project.
2) The City is improving the northwest 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. All work is completed except for the planter, which will be completed in April of 2005..
3) The City is considering the possibility of extending the turning lane storage on Turkeyfoot Road and Dixie Highway to accommodate additional traffic that will be generated after the reconstruction of the Crestview Hills Mall area. Proposals have been received for the work. The Kentucky Department of Transportation has verbally approved the permit for the work but suggests that we wait and watch the traffic after the opening of the new commercial center. They suggest that there may not be a problem because there is a continuous right turn opportunity at the intersection with Crestview Hills Mall Rd.
4) There is a storm water drainage problem at the intersection of Rhine Valley Lane and Horsebranch Road. The City Engineer is preparing plans to add additional drain structures at this location. In heavy rainfall, the water washed out the shoulder on Horsebranch Rd.
5) Through the cooperation of the developers of the Crestview Hills Town Center, Crestview Hills Mall Road has been resurfaced with an additional 2 ˝ inches of asphalt paving to allow for the additional construction traffic anticipated by the redevelopment of this commercial area. The new paving seems to be performing as predicted by the design.
Discussion ensued regarding a possible spring or summer traffic study on Turkeyfoot Rd. to investigate the suggestion of an added lane northbound from Thomas More Parkway to I-275 east ramp. There are currently two utility poles at the Winding Way northside planting. The pole closest to the street will be removed once all the utilities and conduits have been properly moved.
Finance – A meeting will be scheduled before next council meeting, if needed.
Police Authority – Chief Herbst noted that Patrolman Chris Schutte was promoted to Sergeant effective 12/1/04 and thanked council members Kramer, Maloney, and Laird for their service on the authority this calendar year.
Economic Development – Mr. Kramer noted that in the Tuesday December 7 meeting, J.R. Anderson gave a progress report to the committee and within that context the operating hours of IHOP were considered. The “one stop shop” Planning Commission concept was also deliberated and supported overall by the committee. Joe Price informed the committee on traffic round-abouts.
Recreation/Communication – Mrs. Jameson stated that the tree lighting ceremony was successful, having estimated that Carrabba’s served 230 people. Jason the Great entertained, neighbors visited, the Gloria Dei group caroled, and the tree was lit.
Communications – Residents should have received their holiday newsletter, mailed before Thanksgiving.
Building – nothing scheduled at this time.
After general discussion and Mayor Meier’s expressed appreciation for Mrs. Jameson and Mr. Ries accomplishments in their years of service, motion to adjourn made by Mrs. Jameson, seconded by Mr. Laird at 8:11 PM.
After motion to adjourn was seconded, Mr. Sommerkamp noted that he felt the “Happy Holidays” message on the marquis was cold, and preferred it be switched to “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.” Discussion was held and majority consented to have the message on the sign changed to Mr. Sommerkamp’s suggestion, pending legal review by Mr. Mando or Mrs. Stewart.
Mayor Paul W. Meier Authored by City Clerk C.R. Wirthlin
With Judy Cox in meeting attendance.