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Improvements Coming to Ft. Wright Streets

Fort Wright approved its 2016-2020 Street Plan in concept Wednesday evening, a deal city administrator Gary Huff lauded as a fiscally responsible, “very workable plan,” in collaboration with the city’s finance department, while public works director Tim Maloney added, “it is good to get back on track.”

One heavily-traveled street within the community, Beaumont Court, is inching closer to completion on its repaving, the director said, adding he expects the project to be completed in two months, provided things go smoothly and no major issues arise. Maloney also notified council that the memorial garden sitting on city building grounds was completed today. “It looks nice. The lights will be on for the first time tonight, the statue should be lit up,” he said of the garden recognizing honorable citizens’ past of Fort Wright.

Other Notes:

An Erlanger resident involved in a serious auto accident in July 1990, briefly recounted her story because she had been assisted by paramedics now living and working in the region but then helped her out of her flipped car in a roadside Somerset ditch as the resident was on her way to Lake Cumberland. The four men, Tim Dye, Doug Becker, Troy Bertke and Dave Finan currently live in the area and were sought out beginning several years ago because she wanted to find her rescuers.

Jeff Hoppenjans was promoted to Police Specialist Wednesday evening before council after five years on the force as an officer. “He’s been a very loyal and dedicated officer to the city of Fort Wright,” Police Chief Dan Kreinest said, adding he has always looked to move forward and better himself within the department’s career development program.  Hoppenjans: “It’s been an honor to serve the city of Fort Wright, hopefully for many years to come forward. I appreciate it.”

Joining Hoppenjans, the city welcomed its newest officer, Brad Keller. A Loveland native, Keller offers experience from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office where he began his career, followed by 10 years with the Loveland department, in addition to numerous certifications and training he’s accumulated. 

Mayor Dave Hatter said numerous residents within city limits have been grateful to officers’ vigilance lately throughout city neighborhoods, notifying citizens of open garage doors and other advice to keep them safe.

Battery Hooper Days, the city’s annual Civil War celebration, will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 15, 16. Furthermore, the soap box derby at Wright’s Summit will commence September 12, Huff said.  Lastly, a city-wide picnic will take place at Battery Hooper Park on September 26, from 1-6 p.m. with free hamburgers, hot dogs and soda provided.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor