Campbell Fiscal Court Moves on Jolly Park Trail Project, Debates Hiring of Maintenance Worker
The Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously accepted a bid to renovate the trail and pavilion at A.J. Jolly Park. $100,000 of the $151,000 bid will be paid through a matching grant from the Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority.
The project had already been included in the 2017 fiscal year budget, but the bid from Ohio Irrigation Company had not been accepted until the meeting at the Campbell County Courthouse in Alexandria on Tuesday.
The fiscal court also approved the filling of a vacant maintenance worker position in the Parks and Recreation Department, though County Commissioner Charlie Coleman objected, citing the county’s budget deficit. Judge/Executive Steve Pendery countered that the court is doing everything in its power to close the county’s budget gap, but in this case, leaving the position open would likely cost the county more, since other workers would have to work overtime to pick up the slack.
The court voted to hire Kristen Halloran as housing specialist, effective July 25, at an annual salary of $35,490. The move passed unanimously, though Coleman noted that he was only voting yes because the salary passes through federal money, and is not coming directly from “the pockets of Campbell County taxpayers.”
Two residents of Ripple Creek Road, on the county side of Cold Spring, requested that a stop sign be put in at the intersection of Keating Road and Ripple Creek. Despite a 20 miles per hour speed limit on Ripple Creek, the residents said drivers often travel at speeds upwards of 40 mph, which creates unsafe conditions for the numerous children who live on the road. Judge Pendery said he would pass along the citizens’ request.
The fiscal court voted unanimously to re-appoint John Ellison as chairman of the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors’ Commission for a three-year term starting on August 1, and Fred Macke, Jr. to the Northern Kentucky Water Service Board to a four-year term starting on August 27.
The court also unanimously moved to re-appoint Tom Quirk and Tim Brannock to the Campbell County Cable Board, each for a three-year term effective July 1.
The Campbell County Fiscal Court will meet again Wednesday, July 20 at the Campbell County Administration Building in Newport. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor