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Work to Begin on Bromley's Main Street; Questions Over Proposed Bobcat Purchase

Bromley Mayor Donnie Jobe announced that work would soon be starting on Main Street.

Currently trees are being marked, but because there is a question about who owned the original telephone poles, companies like Cincinnati Bell and cable companies are being contacted. The current trees have been causing some trouble so if the trees have to be taken out, the plan for the street is to put in new trees. Building Inspector Joe Schutzman said that every step has to be concurrent with the state's plan, and state officials have to know and approve every move.

"I am thinking that Duke will be starting by late July early August," said Jobe.

Council voted to pass the handicapped parking ordinance which specifies that the Road and Light committee, headed by Councilman Bob France, will set a deposit amount at his discretion based on a case by case basis, that the applicant will put up, and after the parking spot is set, any money left over will go back to the applicant.

Schutzman also brought up to council that he thought the city should bring back the building fees. "We have no fee structure," he said. "Back in 1997, the city waived the fees because of the flood, and we wanted people to work on their properties. The city can't make money on fees, but we want to be sure people do it right, whether it is a fence or a deck." Schutzman will come up with a fee structure somewhere between the state's fees and the county's fees and present it to council. Also included in the process will be possible amendments to ordinances to help make the inspection process easier and more uniform.

Mayor Jobe discussed the possibility of looking at the plow contract for snow removal. He told council that he and Bob France would be looking at a few other bids because the current three-year contract was with a business that could be struggling, he said. Jobe said that he wanted to have someone in place before the snow falls and the city ends up in trouble with no one to plow the streets.

Councilwoman Gail Smith told council that the city spent about $136,000, of which the most expensive item was the property at 231 Pike street, and she suggested holding off spending anything more on line-items in the budget that was passed in June. This brought up a discussion about the bobcat that was in the budget, and some council members spoke up about the fact that they didn't believe that they had approved the expenditure, even though it was a line item in the budget. It was suggested that Smith research how much the city has spent in the last few years for the rental of the same type of vehicle, and then let council know so the members can balance that figure against the purchase price of a new bobcat.

The River City News reported in April that Mayor Jobe had suggested the purchase of a bobcat because the city rents one currently at a cost of $300 to $400 each time. Jobe said at the time that the city uses a bobcat at least 10 times a year, so the cost of roughly $3,500 would be recouped quickly.

Finally, Marco Sansone was sworn in on Saturday, June 18, as a member of the Code Enforcement board. Sansone has recently moved to the city with his wife, and are expecting their first baby.

"I volunteered because it is important to me to participate in the city where I live," he said. "Most of my family live in Kentucky, and I have lived all over the place, but when we wanted to settle down we decided on Bromley. I like to live in a productive community."

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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Marco Sansone is the new member of the code enforcement board.