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Cambell Co. Notes: SD1 Bill, Fee Increase at AJ Jolly, & Rte. 536

Campbell County Commissioner Charlie Coleman would not approve the payment of a Sanitation District 1 bill charged to the county's Parks Department. The charge was for seven separate county-owned parcels and totaled over $6,000.

One of the issues that Coleman pointed to was the $145.15 charge for the softball fields next to the AJ Jolly Park entrance.

“I have to stay steadfast on my position with SD 1,” Coleman said. “What service is SD 1 giving us when it rains on a baseball field? What are they doing with that rain?”

Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Minter said her department had previously met with SD 1 at Pendery Park where some mitigation measures were taken to lower the charge and said that she would be happy to look into conducting the same exercise at A.J. Jolly and the other parks.

It was said in the meeting that Coleman is expected to meet with SD 1 in the coming months.

Commissioners Tom Lampe and Brian Painter joined Judge/Executive Steve Pendery in voting to pay the bill.

Other Notes:

Painter reported that the Route 536 Study was adopted by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments and federal funding can now be sought for the project that is expected to cross through the southern portions of Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties. Federal funds could be used to cover expenses such as right-of-way costs, construction and engineering.

“It was an interesting process,” said Pendery about the study's approval by OKI. “It was very well received by the community, I think, there was good participation, but when I say that, all of the action is in Kenton County. Quite a few of the effects, though, are for Campbell County because it would be a nice transportation link for the people in the south.”

The project will go into the OKI six-year plan and there will be an active effort to locate funding for its completion, Pendery explained.

The Fiscal Court accepted ownership and maintenance of solar-powered school flashers at Campbell County High School. Assistant County Administrator Kim Serra explained that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet approached the county to replace the current school flashers at the school from electric to solar-powered lights. Serra said that the Campbell County Roads Department Director Luke Mantle agreed to the idea and now the flashers will be the county's responsibility to maintain.

Park Fees at A.J. Jolly Park will slightly increase next year. Items that will go up in price include daily passes, private picnic shelters and campsites. None of the increases are expected to be more than $5 from the previous year.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor