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Notes from Campbell County: Recreation Projects Move Forward, Salary Increases Approved

In a brief meeting Wednesday night, the Campbell County Fiscal Court swiftly moved through a variety of topics ranging from salary increases to recognizing a local community member who recently passed.

Mike Braun, the Campbell County Fleet and Facilities Director, updated the court on the progress of all of the projects his department completed last year including the remodel of the Jolly Park restrooms, new sidewalks at the golf course, and multiple renovations at the courthouse in Alexandria.

According to Braun, projects set to take place this year include completing the construction of a shelter at Jolly Park, pouring concrete pads at the county campground, and adding a card reader access system at the police station.

Judge/Executive Steve Pendery discussed the excitement of Amazon building a hub at CVG in the next year, discussing the impact it will have on locals jobs and flight costs for people flying in and out of Cincinnati.

“Once Amazon is added, and given the landing fees that they’re going to pay, the prospects are good that landing fees will go down,” Pendery said. “(It) will make it more likely that the airport will be able to attract low-cost airlines.”

Commissioner Tom Lampe reported that the Tyson plant in Campbell County, which is its fourth-largest employer, has added jobs in the last year and has plans for expansion that will create even more jobs for the community. He was not specific in the number of jobs added at the plant.

Steve Stapleton, Andrea Janovic, and Joseph Powers were named to the Campbell County Ethics Commission for a one-year term and Regina Clos was named to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District Council on Aging until June 30, 2017.

Ken Knipper, who passed away late last year, was born in Campbell County and actively involved with the fire department rising through several ranks. At Tuesday’s meeting, his wife, Peggy Knipper, accepted a specially created citation from Pendery in recognition of her husband’s service to the county.

The court also formally accepted the resignation of IT specialist, Ronald Miller. They unanimously voted to move forward in marketing the position and beginning the search for a replacement.

Constructions bids were also approved at the meeting. They include L&S Contractors bid of $76,906.24 to replace curbs and gutters in the Parkside subdivision and Jack Gemmer and Sons bid of $38,500 for storm water improvements in Stoneybrook Court.

A resolution was passed that will allow the county to continue leasing golf cars for A.J. Jolly Golf course through 2021 with Dever, Inc. It will save the county approximately $25,000 this year alone by waving other payments if the contract weren’t to have been renewed.

Also at the meeting several new salaries were approved for many county officials. These include:

  • Due to various projections from the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the following elected officials will receive pay increases as follows for the 2017 calendar year:

    • Judge/Executive Steve Pendery increase to $115,172.74

    • Jailer James Daley increase to $115,472.74

    • Sheriff Mike Jansen increase to $110,408.15

    • County Clerk Jim Luersen increase to $110,408.15

    • Campbell County Coroner increase to $46,879.06

    • Campbell County Attorney increase to $46,607.42

  • Police Officer Andrew Champagne being promoted from the rank of PO5 to PO6 beginning in March with an annual salary increase of $48,139 to $51,509

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor