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Dozens of Narcan Units Used in Ft. Wright in Past 30 Days

The increase in overdoses in the region was noted on Wednesday at the Ft. Wright City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Stephen Schewe estimated that the department used 20 to 30 life saving Narcan units just over the past 30 days. “Just a few years ago,” Schewe said, “we would only see (heroin overdoses) 2 to 3 times a year.”

Meanwhile, the police department is now fully equipped with body cameras. Two additional cameras were donated by Walt's Hitching Post to the department to ensure that each officer has one. “With these cameras,” Police Chief Mark Schworer said, ”we have everything we need to make sure that the officer is safe and that they follow correct protocol.”

Council also heard the first reading of its tax rates for the next year: real estate/property, 0.270 per each $100 of value; 0.400 per each $100 of personal property value; and an annual waste collection fee of $149.54.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Mayor Dave Hatter as he, along with other council members, explained that a conservative financial approach was best for the city.

“This is an estimate, of course.” Hatter said. “Our approach has been to estimate expenses to be high and revenue to be low. We have taken this conservative route for the past 7 to 8 years.”

City Clerk Joyce Woods mentioned that the tax bills will be mailed out to property holders during the first week in October.

Cancer awareness has always been important to the city and it showed at Wednesday’s meeting. Spurred on by a concerned father whose 5-yr old daughter, Brooklyn, is fighting DIPG, an inoperable form of brain cancer. Because of this, the city threw in its official support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Sept. 15, 2016.

City Administrator Ed Butler encouraged all residents to learn more about DIPG and Brooklyn’s story and also to reflect on the memory of those lost to cancer, the bravery of those currently battling, and the need for increased awareness. Brooklyn’s GoFundMe Page can be found here. https://www.gofundme.com/brooklynsjourney

Collaborative leadership with the city’s elementary schools was another initiative announced at Wednesday night’s meeting where city council conveyed the importance of the initiative and the council’s intention to work with schools to help place an additional focus on local governments by working with a program set forth by the Kentucky League of Cities. The agency’s board of directors declared September as City Government Month and The City of Ft. Wright plans to work with city elementary schools all month long to educate students about how local government works.

Dates to remember:

Next Caucus Meeting, Wednesday, September 21, 6 p.m.

Next Regular City Council Meeting, Wednesday, October 5, 6 p.m.

Hope Box Derby, Saturday, September 10, 11am, Kyles Lane and Dixie Highway

Written by K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor