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Campbell Commissioner Concerned About Possible Departure of NKU Law School

With a years-old rumor resurfacing this spring that Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law would relocate to downtown Covington from the main Highland Heights campus, concern was raised at this week's Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting.
 
Commissioner Charlie Coleman said that he worried about what impact the possible move would have on the county and Highland Heights.
 
"I would like to know how we will respond to that. I would hate to lose Chase Law School, especially Highland Heights--it would be lost income for them as well as the County.  We need to keep Chase Law School here," Coleman said.
 
The latest target for a possible relocation of Chase to Covington is the Kenton County Building on Court Street. That site has been the subject of recent conversations about possible reuse as most of the building is abandoned since the jail moved to South Covington. The Kenton County government and the City of Covington government are exploring the possibility of sharing a new campus that would be part of an estimated $65 million mixed-use development at the parking lot where Pike and Washington Streets meet in Covington.
 
Incidentally, that parking lot was also once rumored to be a possible new location for a Chase move downtown.
 
Judge/Executive Steve Pendery said that he was given the heads up that there might be an offer made for the move, but that he doesn't think it's definite.  
 
"The thought was that the Kenton County Fiscal Court may build a new building, and if they do, there's going to be a downtown Covington building up for grabs.  Furthering the thought was that if it all goes that far, there might be an offer made to Chase Law School to move in," Pendery said. 
 
Other notes:
 
  • Police officer Everett Ross was sworn in as the newest addition of the Campbell County Police Department and is currently enrolled in the County's police training program. Officer Ross relocated to Campbell County from Harlan County. 
  • Campbell County Jailer James Daley officially recognized and thanked U.S. Army Specialist Tiffany Wells for the sacrifice she and her husband Ronald intend to make this summer. Both Tiffany and Ronald are to be deployed to active duty this summer to various parts of the world.  Both of them will be gone for at least a year and their two children will stay with their grandmother while their parents are away on active duty. 
  • An ordinance was repealed that prevented electioneering within 200 feet of a polling station.  County Attorney Steve Franzen explained that since a lawsuit was brought against the state challenging the stipulation that electioneering within 300 feet was not allowed.  With the ordinance repealed, it prevents Campbell County from being sued as part of the lawsuit.
  • The County will apply for a $4,000 grant to dispose of the tires that the County collected during the Campbell County Spring and Fall Clean Up events.
  • County Building Inspector Michael Carpenter has resigned his position.
  • Vera Powell and Dan Keller were reappointed to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and Marsha Dufeck was also appointed to NKADD.
  • Bellevue Assistant City Administrator Jody Robinson was appointed to the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky Board of Directors.
  • County Commissioner Charlie Coleman took great offense to the comments of Cincinnati Police Captain Maris Herold who said that she wanted to push crime in Cincinnati across the river to Northern Kentucky. Coleman suggested writing a letter to the Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and the Cincinnati Police Department condemning Capt. Herold's comments, but the other Commissioners,  Jude/Executive Steve Pendery and Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell said that the CPD has since apologized for the comments, and claim that they were taken out of context. It was agreed to let the issue pass without action rather than draw even more attention to the off-color comments made by Capt. Herold. 
  • A motion was passed that authorizes the County to advertise for bids to clean up 3,500 cubic yards of material at the Nine Mile road creek clean up.  

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

Photo via NKU