City to Close on Additional Property for Presidents Park, but What to Do With It?
Edgewood Mayor John Link gave an update this week on the city's property acquisition of 7 acres adjacent to Presidents Park near the tennis courts.
All of the papers have been signed and Link said the closing could be in February. The property is scheduled to be added to Presidents Park, but council was fairly unanimous in wanting the full planning to be accomplished, which necessitates a designer for the area, and then a committee, or task force, to decide on which ideas to put into action.
"I would like to cut a road through the area, which would allow access," said Link. "I would also like to possibly make any walking trails out of mulch instead of making them bicycle paths."
Councilman Joe Messmer said that parking could be a must-have for the park , since parking is at a premium there.
The cost for the property has been added to the budget along with five other items which required a first reading of a budget amendment including all six items. The ordinance has to be read a second time before the city can officially close on the property. The second reading will be at the February meeting.
Council listened to the first reading of another ordinance which officially disbanded the Edgewood Code Enforcement board, which they did in favor of joining the Kenton County Joint Code Enforcement Board. The chairman of the Edgewood board, Brian C. Dunham, volunteered to be the representative on the joint board, and council agreed to appoint him to the position.
City Administrator Brian Dehner gave council an update on the price hikes scheduled for the Senior Center. Armed with the new prices, Dehner explained that the expenses for renting the three halls came to approximately $43,000 and the rental income only totals $35,000. The city needed to break even on the facility, which was the reason for the hikes.
Councilman Jeff Schreiver ran down the list of the new prices and asked that some of them be changed, some higher and some lower, to keep in line with other facilities to be rented in the area, and other council members agreed. Anyone who already has a reservation for halls A, B, or C will not have their rates raised, but anyone who makes a reservation starting Tuesday, January 5 will have to pay the new rates.
John Stanton, Director of External Affairs for Kenton County, stopped by the meeting and Mayor Link asked him to give a rundown on what was happening with the new Governor's office. Stanton told Council that there are quite a few Northern Kentuckians who are being appointed to be part of the new administration.
"It is really nice to have someone in the Governor's office who doesn't need a map to find Edgewood," he said. "Typically Northern Kentucky has been under represented because it is too far to commute."
He said there is a list of boards and commissions on the Governor's website, and he would like to see more people apply to those positions to represent the area better.
In other business, Dehner told council about the flooding last month on Edgewood Road, which he said was largely because leaves covered the storm drains in the yards, and because of construction no water could go down the pipe in the street. He said Lyndale was dry, however, and the creek in front of the homes came up high but didn't flood. He also said the storm sewers for the two street projects have had several setbacks but are progressing, and the water lines were initiated Monday.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor