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These Ft. Wright Streets are About to Be Improved

Fort Wright City Council was updated on its Street Improvement Program during its meeting Wednesday evening. Fixes are planned fixes for Wolfzorn, Beacon Hill and Oak Hill.

Presently, Oak Hill has a two-and-a-half foot wide grass strip combined with a three-foot wide sidewalk, which will be updated to fit the current subdivision requirements of a four-foot wide one. In order to meet the code, the city is shrinking the road down from 25 to 24 feet, cutting off six inches on each side, in addition to the two-foot grass strip and four-foot wide sidewalk to be added, Marty Hellmann of CDS Associates said. “What we end up with is a sidewalk in the same location as it is today, but it gets a little wider towards the street,” he said.

Also in line for repair, Beacon Hill will receive a new slab of concrete but everything will remain the same with the exception of “a few spot repairs” to sidewalks where damage has occurred, Hellmann said. “It is going to be pretty much a mirror of what we did on Beaumont,” Public Works Director Tim Maloney added.

Lastly, Wolfzorn is receiving the most comprehensive treatment with the entire street being redone, in addition to its low spots being corrected. “We’re improving the profile of the road to get the water to shed off in either direction,” Maloney said. Additionally, the sidewalk will be widened to four feet, while the road will be lessened by six inches on each side to accommodate the change. Maloney concluded the discussion, saying he’d like to follow through on getting rid of the cul-de-sacs that exist on each street because of the water runoff issues they create, he said, but will not follow through on the proposal if it ruffles too many feathers.

Other Notes:

Council will revisit the LED Lighting Text Amendment in conjunction with Izzy’s restaurant at the next caucus meeting. It wants to find out the cost of “single strand” lights, in addition to figuring out the current costs of lights in use at United Dairy Farmers and Walmart nearby.

The proposed 2016-2017 budget was discussed, namely, the decrease in billing from the Fire/EMS sector. “The second year in a row this has happened,” Huff told Council. Though city paramedics are making a large amount of runs, many people do not end up paying even half of the total amount they are later billed – if they pay at all. Fire Chief Steve Schewe commented that is due in large part because of the heroin overdoses it encounters. “Those people don’t qualify for Medicare most of the time; they will get a little bit of Medicaid…and that will pay a little bit. But it’s nowhere near,” the full payment. Furthermore, many cities charge much more per run than Fort Wright does, which contributes to its shortfall.

Inside the administrative offices, the city is searching for a part-time Assistant City Clerk to work 20 hours per week. Interested applicants should send a resume to the City Administrator at 409 Kyles Lane, Fort Wright, Kentucky 41011 by the March 27 deadline.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor