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Florence Hires New City Clerk, Seeks to Dispose of Surplus Property

The City of Florence announced Tuesday night that it has chosen a new city clerk after Joe Christofield departed for a job with the City of Erlanger. Erin Courts will be the new clerk, effective immediately. Courts's application was among the more than two dozen that the city received. She has previously worked at Toyota in administration, and her position at that company is scheduled to be relocated and she wants to stay in Northern Kentucky. She has 13 years of administrative and other experience. Courts lives in Independence, is married and has one child, and grew up in Ft. Wright.

"I am excited to have started work here, and though there is a lot of work, I like the people, and I know it is going to be very interesting," said Courts. "I am a people person, and I love to meet people. I have heard that Joe Christofield did a good job and I hope to do as good a job if not exceed the expectations. I am looking forward to learning a lot and doing a great job."

"She is an excellent choice," said Florence city administrator Richard Lunnemann. "She has great organizational skills and is very responsible."

In other business, council re-appointed Lois Evans and Jamies Nieves to the Board of Adjustment.

The City of Florence owns a small parcel of land on Tee Street which was left over after a housing development was built in the 1970's. This parcel had several sanitary and sewer lines running through it, and also had a sanitary sewer pump station on the property. A company gave the land to the city, since it was not able to be built upon. Recently, a resident whose property is adjacent, has been caring for the property, and approached the city about buying it. The city first has to declare the property to be surplus, and then come up with a Request for Proposals. After that is done it can be advertised and people who are interested can submit sealed bids. There will be a minimum bid based on the cost the city incurs by the survey and legal description and such, but Lunnemann said he hasn't come up with the minimum bid as of yet.   Lunnemann said most people won't be interested in it, but neighbors might be, so he doesn't expect a lot of bids.

On Tuesday, the property was officially declared to be surplus.

The city will hold its final night out in Lincoln Woods Park next Tuesday at 5 p.m., and at 7 p.m. there will be a caucus meeting at the old Water service plant at 175 Rosetta.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer

Photo: Erin Courts (provided)