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Code Enforcement Ordinance May Be Modified in Ft. Mitchell & Other Notes

The widely-debated upcoming potential modifications to Fort Mitchell’s Code Enforcement Ordinance were again discussed Monday evening amongst members of city council. However, the current ordinance in place can be changed at any time - but by the end of the year, City Attorney Louis Kelly said. “Most of the changes in there are streamlining the system; clarifying the Code Enforcement Board cannot issue any citations that would be criminal penalties. They have to be civil. It will make things a lot more efficient in that once a citation is issued, we’ll have it delivered to the person but if it’s not contested within a certain time period, then we’ll file and order and (citizens) will have no right to appeal. Same thing, if we issue a citation and someone appeals it, they’ll have a notice for a hearing. If they don’t show up for the hearing, citation becomes final order and they have no right to appeal.”

If the code is modified, it will establish a numerical ceiling for fines, Kelly told council, eliminating the “piling on,” he added. Also noteworthy, the new system would also encompass a new lien-holder notification system. “Under the new law, if we put a lien on a piece of property because of a fine attached to a code violation, you will have priority over other liens.” The aforementioned system has kinks to be worked out and the general logistics of the plan are still being ironed out before it proceeds further, Kelly said.

The city’s recreation department is going through a time of transition, Recreation Coordinator Zach Rechtin told council. “It’s time to pull back and reassess what we’ve got going on. What can we do better? What can we do more of?” The Bark in the Park the department held during the summer was a success and Rechtin would like it to continue moving forward, in addition to Walking Wednesdays, which will be held on evenings from October 12-November 16, with participants meeting at the city building at 7 p.m. Hehman praised Rechtin for his fiscally-conscious mentality while keeping the department stocked with plenty of programs for residents to take advantage of, in addition to furnishing a report regarding his department for the second year in a row, which had never been accomplished before in Fort Mitchell history.

Other Notes:

Chief of Police Andrew Schierberg will be meeting with representatives from the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the city’s over-abundant deer population and what further steps it may take. The Chief said he’s been compiling a list of ordinances from other local surrounding cities to get a feel for what they are doing, he added. Regarding another animal – canines – Schierberg mentioned the possibility of the force bringing on a four-legged helper to the team to help combat problems the police face within the area.

Fort Mitchell’s Biggby Coffee has kept residents wide awake for several years since its opening. As a reward for its success, Mayor Jude Hehman proclaimed October 3, Biggby Coffee Day in the city. The popular destination for those residing within the community and beyond is currently offering several deals as a thank-you for citizens’ part in its popularity.

The deadline for city taxes is October 31, City Clerk Linda Bartels said, adding penalties will begin to be implemented on the following day for delayed filing.

October is Fire Prevention Month and Fire Chief Gary Auffart wanted to remind citizens to check smoke detectors to be sure they have working batteries.

Former 16-year city council member, Don Tannenfeld, passed away at the age of 89 on September 23, Hehman referenced in recognition to his years’ of service to the community.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor