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Edgewood to Address Roads in Need, Replace Green Cul-de-Sacs with Concrete

Edgewood City Council listened to the first reading of next year's budget at its meeting on Monday night.

The budget of roughly $10 million is usually more in the ballpark of $7 million according to Mayor John Link, but the new budget contains several road projects which have boosted the total. The second reading of the budget ordinance and vote will take place on June 20.

Mayor Link also gave an update on the Edgewood/Lyndale Roads project. JPS Construction offered the lowest bid for repaving at $1.8 million which came in under the estimated $1.9 million.  

Link said that first Sanitation District 1 worked on the roads, then Duke Energy, and now the Northern Kentucky Watwer District, which is working to get four homes a day on line with a new water system. JPS has told the city they will start the project in September, when the water company is finished, and they will work solely on the area between Dixie Highway and the fork for Edgewood/Lyndale Roads until it snows when the company will start again in the spring. JPS expects to be finished by September 2017.

The bid on the Laurel Oak reconstruction was accepted at $323,000, lower than the estimated $337,000. The trees that are located between the sidewalk and the road will be taken out, but City Administrator Brian Dehner said that anyone on that street who would like a similar tree can contact the city and a tree will be planted in their yard.

Nick Halloran, who lives on  Laurel Oak, came to ask the city to reconsider putting concrete in the green area of the circle on his cul-de-sac. Mayor Link explained that the city was putting concrete in the green circle of cul-de-sacs in different neighborhoods because the city wants to strive to make the areas more maintenance free, especially when the snow plows are out. Link said the office is inundated with calls from residents complaining about the snow piled in their driveways during snowfalls, and when the circle is concreted they can pile the snow up there instead. Halloran said he understood, but he really wanted to try and save his greenspace if he could.

Another resident, Jerry Kaufman, came to see if something could be done about crosswalk lines being painted, especially at Edgemar and Magnolia Streets. He said he walks a lot and risks being hit by cars that turn without regard to walkers.

"They almost knock me over," he said.

Mayor Link said that they will be restriping the crosswalks and intersections, but they wanted to wait till the street reconstruction was done so that they would only have to do the striping once. He said that 200 to 300 people from the running store were running through the city recently, and they asked the mayor why there were so few lines. Link also  said that they had children from Hinsdale Elementary walking up to Presidents park and that it was difficult for them.

Dehner announced that the public works department received a safety grant from the Kentucky League of Cities worth $2,245.98 to replace a saw.

Before the meeting there was a public hearing on the municipal road aid funds. The city will receive approximately $185,000 from the state and will put it into their road work fund, not the general fund, to be able to draw on it when roads in the city need repair. No one spoke during the public hearing.

Terry Chinn, from the police department, will retire after 21 years in the City of Edgewood and other cities. There will be a party at the city building from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday for anyone who would like to come up and say goodbye or good luck. Chinn was a DARE officer and a school resource officer.

Mayor Link said the city would be holding the annual Amateur Gardener Recognition contest and anyone who would like to nominate themselves or their friends or neighbors should do so by June 15. Once the nominations are in, a committee will go out and look at the nominated gardens and the prize will be awarded after that.

On July 4, the annual 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Turkeyfoot Road and proceed to Presidents park. A free concert will start at 7 p.m. at Freedom Park followed by fireworks at dusk.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor