Ft. Mitchell Addressing Traffic Concerns, Sees Drop in Heroin Activity
Fort Mitchell City Council updated residents Monday evening on the ongoing road construction involving an oft-traveled street within city limits.
Coinciding with work by Kenton County, Fort Mitchell has asked the Commonwealth of Kentucky to take over the Bromley-Crescent Springs Road project, due to the additional funding opportunities that open up if it’s in state hands, City Administrator Sharmili Reddy said. The road winds through several cities but affects Fort Mitchell residents only where Beechwood turns onto Bromley-Crescent Springs, leading to the Waterford Estates subdivision – a small stretch of road but a big deal in the community’s daily transportation.
The state is also taking a look at the congestion that has overtaken Highland Avenue and has made morning rush hour traffic on the road a nightmare and the left turn out of Lucerne Avenue very difficult, Mayor Jude Hehman said.
“We’ve confirmed with the Transportation Department that there has been some timing changes. Those timing changes, which were a good thing for the Dixie Highway corridor really backed up Highland,” he added, saying there are 2,700 vehicles that travel the road each day. “We know it’s typically not smooth access out of there but something has changed within the past 30 days, maybe 60 now. Kids can’t get to school on time. It takes 30 minutes from Lucerne out to the light. We are coordinating and communicating to the Transportation Department on having an answer,” Hehman concluded.
Reddy said the state was monitoring traffic flow on Monday morning and will do so again Tuesday to see what solution(s) they can come up with to ease the backup that is trying many residents’ patience.
New Fire Chief Gary Auffart, hired from the same position in Newport, will begin his new post on January 25 but will be officially sworn in on February 8, Reddy told Council.
The Public Works Director position is open until Friday, when the application process closes.
The Recreation Department may remove up to five programs with low attendance, Councilman Mike Stoeckle said, adding that it will look to add more volunteers and sponsorships to help offset the programs' costs. It is also likely that sign-ups in the future will take place online only because it ensures each program will have the right amount of supplies to go with it, avoiding the shortages of the past.
Fort Mitchell’s trash contract runs out in June and it will begin to piece together a bid package shortly, City Clerk Linda Bartels said. The city will maintain its two-day pickup schedule of recycling and trash.
The city has seen a nearly 37% decline in heroin activity, particularly in the Kroger parking lot, Interim Chief of Police Matt Robinson said, a positive step toward curbing the region’s epidemic of the lethal drug.
A CPR class open to Fort Mitchell and Lakeside Park residents will take place at the city building beginning at 9 a.m. on January 16.