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Ft. Mitchell Considers More Leased Parking in Business District, Agreement with Service Line Group

There is a commonality facing Ft. Mitchell and many cities like it across the region and country: aging infrastructure like sewer and water lines. Often, a homeowner will encounter a frozen line or have tree roots growing into their sewer lateral and their first call is to the city which may send workers to check that everything is functioning properly – and if it is, the homeowner is still on the hook for potential fixes.

This is where the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty program comes in.

Representing the organization at Monday night's Ft. Mitchell City Council meeting, Mike Chambers said that Ft. Mitchell could join fellow Northern Kentucky cities Ft. Wright, Alexandria, Bellevue, Edgewood, Lakeside Park, Villa Hills, Dayton and 400 others throughout the country as part of the N.L.C. to shift residents’ responsibilities to the organization and minimize their risks. Chambers added that N.L.C. uses local contractors to make repairs to each city to reduce the chance that a fix isn’t compliant with code.

“As for the city, the billing, customer service, all of that, there’s no cost. For the residents, it is completely optional for them; in the case of a sewer line, their coverage would include cleanup, repairs, full replacements,” Chambers said. Since June 2010, the program has maintained a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating, Chambers said, adding there are no deductibles or services fees. For residents, the cost is $7.75 a month per sewer line and $5.75 a month per water line. For residents on a private street or in an apartment, N.L.C. has partnered with condo associations, as well.

Furthermore, Chambers clarified to Mayor Jude Hehman that each person receives the same rate regardless of how far set back their house is in conjunction with the lines. Also, N.LC. handles everything with a contractor, so if there’s an issue, a 1-800 number can be dialed at any point during the day or night and it will be addressed. “The resident owns the deal with us so they always have access when they want to make a claim. The contractor will be dispatched and they have one hour to contact the resident. We find that 99 percent of the jobs are done within a 24-to-48-hour window,” Chambers told council.

Hehman concluded that he doesn’t see any downside to the partnership with N.L.C. and highly recommended the city enter an agreement with the organization.

Other Notes:

Due to an uptick in new business that Ft. Mitchell has witnessed in recent years, the city is considering leasing additional parking spacing spaces behind W. Stephens Cabinetry and Design. Furthermore, northbound spots on Dixie Highway between Orphanage Road and Requardt Lane could eventually become two-hour parking spots to be enforced between 10 a.m. tp 8 p.m. Hehman acknowledged it may be difficult to enforce but is in favor of the new ordinance likely to be established at the next meeting.

The police department will be welcoming a new four-legged member to its team soon – a new police dog. The department will also hold a fundraiser on January 23 at Biggby Coffee for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington, with officers serving coffee to those in attendance.

Public Works Director Kyle Stegman told council that a T-type turnaround will be installed at the end of Krumpelman Drive during the spring.

Long-awaited news regarding the former Drawbridge Inn and potential Christ Hospital complex will be decided by mid-April, City Administrator Sharmili Reddy told council. However, the decision may face a lawsuit, further pushing any development on the vacant property down the road.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor