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Edgewood Prepares for Road Project, Applies for Grants to Improve Park

Edgewood City Council voted Monday night to apply for three grants, two pertaining to Presidents Park and one that would add two firefighter/EMTs.

The first grant would be an 80/20 state grant (state funds 80 percent and the city funds 20 percent) that would fund walking trails in the new 6.6 acre portion of the park that the city recently acquired.  

The main part of the park has a half mile of trails, and with the grant the hope would be to install another half mile of trails in the new section. The second grant is a Land and Water Conservative Fund and it would be used within the park. Both grants would equal $120,000. Council passed resolutions that allow them to apply for all three grants.

Another resolution was passed which allows the Diocese of Covington to bond $6.7 million for projects at St Pius and St Henry.

Marty Hellman and Mark Brueggemann from CT Consultants came to the meeting to give an update on the Edgewood Road/Lyndale Road project. They said that 80 percent of the drainage lines were complete and the storm pipe should be done by the end of April. The water main construction is 75 percent complete and should also be completed by the end of April. Once the water projects are completed, the actual road widening project can begin. The timeline is to advertise for bids on April 15, open the bids on May 5, and present the bids to council on May 16. This will be preceded by a community meeting on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center to gather public input. Then the road construction should begin in September and take until September 2017.  

The project will include a sidewalk on the north side. The road portion will come in at an estimated cost of $1.9 million, and the entire project should come in at $4 million total.

Mayor John Link gave a report on the proposed cost to the city related to upgrades at the Kenton County Dispatch center, saying Edgewood's cost would tally up to $300,000. The proposed upgrades are scheduled to happen in around 2018 or 2019.

Finally, council discussed what to do with the tennis courts in Presidents Park which have large cracks in them. The tentative fix will be to mill down the damaged part and try to repair the cracks similar to what the city would do with a road. With the consent of the council, that is the plan to see if they can stop the movement of the earth underneath the courts.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor