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Ft. Wright Prepares for Big Road Repairs, Openings of Dairy Queen, Chick-fil-A

A motion was approved Wednesday evening by Fort Wright City Council to proceed with its contractual partnership with CT Consultants, which helps prepare the city for acquiring state road funds that would assist the improvement plans for Amsterdam Road from Redwood to Bromley-Crescent Springs Road.

The proposed project price tag is roughly $6 million, City Administrator Gary Huff said, adding that the consulting firm puts the application preparation cost at $5,500. “The (six million) rough estimate is quite low and could go up quite a bit and we may have to break this into two different projects,” Huff added.

Mayor Dave Hatter and Councilman Bernie Wessels met with the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to discuss the various funds available to the city for street and sidewalk projects, and “SNK (state funds) was one of those pools” of money, Hatter said. “After talking to them, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t really make sense not to try to get some of this money for some of the more substantial projects in the city like Amsterdam Road to pick up where the county left off 10 years ago because it’s no longer a county road.”

Hatter said he that has reached out to the City of Fort Mitchell to join in pursuing funds for the project and that getting the neighboring city on board would be a “win-win” for both parties, as they would be included in the funding plan as well.

Other Notes:

An ordinance passed Wednesday establishes the Frisch’s access point on Madison Pike as permanent. The point will be 400 feet from the Madison/Orphanage Road intersection as the city inches closer to construction that may begin on the proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant in the next 30-45 days, Huff said. Furthermore, the new Dairy Queen scheduled to open on the plot of land next to Izzy’s should see a summer opening date, he added.

Firefighters Jeff Hatter, Scott Lewis, and Tim Deye were recognized for their heroic actions in saving an unborn baby’s life and received the Emergency Medical Service Award last Saturday at a ceremony for their response to the recent emergency that took place in Park Hills.

Councilman Joe Averdick explained his previous “no” vote on the resolution the city adopted in support of House Bill 221(H.B. 221) before the General Assembly in Frankfort, which states, “Persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons on public elementary and secondary school property…”

After learning the H.B. 221’s particulars, Averdick told council, “If I had to do it over again I would have voted ‘yes’ because I am a concealed carry (license holder)and I believe in our right to bear arms. I just wanted to make that perfectly clear.”

Lastly, a city-wide Clean Up Day will take place on April 9, beginning at 8 a.m. More details can be found at fortwright.com.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor