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In Ft. Wright, Council Addresses Walmart Shopping Cart Problems, New AutoZone

Shopping carts from Walmart were a topic of discussion at this week's Ft. Wright City Council meeting.

Carts are continually ending up across the street from the Walmart at the bus stop area, occasionally impeding vehicles driving through heavily-trafficked Valley View Plaza. Carts from the store aren’t supposed to cross the street off of the property; however, the rule is frequently broken. Councilman Bernie Wessels said every person he’s noticed at Walmart has ignored the request for the carts to remain within the store’s boundaries. “You’re wheeling it one block, you’re wheeling it two miles, you’re still stealing somebody’s cart,” he said. However, Mayor Dave Hatter countered with his feeling of businesses being over-regulated. But, the ordinance passed.

To alleviate the problem, TANK is moving two routes off Valley View and on to Walmart grounds, near the loading dock area. Since council did not meet the bus company’s deadline to address the issue, the earliest it may take place is November.

Meanwhile, on Kentucky 17, a new auto business will soon join the existing Tire Discounters, Quik Stop, and Saylor & Son. Council approved a motion Wednesday evening to build an AutoZone on 0.85 acres located at 3394 Madison Pike. Unlike other stores, a revision is in the works that would require AutoZone employees assist customers on minor car repairs behind its building only, prohibiting any activity in the front parking lot. “We are very critical on what happens on the outside of all our businesses,” Wessels said during Auto Zone engineer Jason Hall’s presentation to the council.

Hall said the project will come together within weeks, with submission of the formal proposal coming soon and construction commencing three months after the submittal.

Fort Wright introduced its newest Police Captain Wednesday evening, Marc Schworer, who has served the community since 1996, the second most-tenured officer within the city behind Chief Dan Kreinest who has been with the department since 1980.

Longtime resident Margie Witt has organized the “Clean Up Fort Wright” initiative, most recently on April 18; one of many through the years. Because of her efforts, Mayor Hatter declared Thursday, June 4 “Margie Witt Day” within the community. Likewise, Gary Gluth has spent nearly every day of his 22 years in the neighborhood, helping to beautify West Henry Clay and surrounding streets. Asked by a council member to estimate how much litter he’s collected over two-plus decades: “Six Kroger grocery bags a week,” he said. Due to his diligent efforts to keep the streets clean, Hatter proclaimed Friday, June 5 “Gary Gluth Day.”

The city budget for fiscal year July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 was approved with the amendment that amount for trash pickup will increase from $5,000 to $7,000 while an additional volunteer position of City Historian was added to Chapter 35 of the Fort Wright Code of Ordinance.

Notable upcoming events for the city: Chief Kreinest said the department will be welcoming a new squad car to its fleet “any day now,” and will need to transfer equipment into the vehicle, which he hopes will take place by the end of the month. Public Works’ Tim Maloney said a new street survey is due out soon; he’s recently made the rounds checking on the condition of each neighborhoods’ pavement and will provide an upcoming five year plan on how to best combat some of Fort Wright’s crumbling streets.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor