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Campbell Co. Leaders Want Answers About Closure of Senior Services

At Wednesday's Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting, Commissioner Charlie Coleman raised concerns about the closing of the Senior Services for Northern Kentucky, and Judge/Executive Steve Pendery expressed some frustration that the agency announced that it had run out of money only four days before it was forced to close, rather than reveal their financial troubles sooner to allow people who use the services time to find other means of senior support. 

Coleman said that he knew for a fact that the agency had its water and electricity turned off at some of the senior centers as late as last month.

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“Yes, and one might expect at that point, that there would be no real harm in explaining to everybody with some time to spare that they were getting to the place where they could no longer able to continue their operation,” Pendery said. “Instead, however, what they did was hold that information closely. Whether it was understood or not by everybody in the organization or by their board of directors which is an independent board of directors, we don’t really know right now, but the bottom line is that when they did choose to talk about it, there was only a four-day notice for all of us who have looked forward in the past to having their services for our citizens. I still want answers as to why that didn’t happen.”

Pendery emphasized that there are other providers in the area that can facilitate nearly all of the services that Northern Kentucky Senior Services provided. Because Senior Services competed against these other agencies, it stands as proof that there are other businesses ready to fill the market void of those services, he said.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, there was ample discussion about the conversion of private roads to county roads after County Commissioner Brian Painter opposed a motion to approve a resolution that would have amended county policy related to accepting certain roads in Campbell County.

“I think we have to be careful of not letting perfection be the enemy of good enough,” Painter said.

He went on to explain the story of Kramer Drive which was a failing road that was not in the county system. In 2008, a resolution was passed that allowed the citizens of the street to agree to take on the financial responsibility of repairing the street if the county would maintain the road from that point on. In the agreement, each lot was allowed to have a lien placed against it by the Fiscal Court and then enter into a five or ten-year debt-free pay-back plan.

Painter’s concerns were that with the approval of the proposed resolution on Wednesday, that kind of agreement might not be possible.  

Pendery agreed with the concerns and after further discussion with Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Minter, it was decided that the issue would be tabled until further details are explored.

A resolution was passed to authorize Judge Pendery to execute an interlocal cooperation agreement with the Northern Kentucky Water District on a more efficient way to pave over the roads where work has been done to repair water mains.  

“Any time the Water District replaces the water main they also resurface the street and it’s either eight or ten feet that they will replace. What this agreement allows us to do is that instead of them paving ten feet of the road and the other side of the road not be paved, we can pave the whole road and they will reimburse us the cost of what they would have paved,” explained County Administrator Matt Elberfeld.

Moody’s Credit Rating affirmed the Campbell County credit rating at Double-A 2 which is the third highest possible bond rating out of 20 levels.  The grade is as high as any other county in the State of Kentucky. Such a positive grade allows the debt the County intends to incur on its jail improvements to be cheaper with a lower interest rate.  The County intends to borrow the necessary funds for the jail in two weeks.