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Ft. Mitchell Considers Police Department Reorganization

Reorganization of the Fort Mitchell Police Department could add supervision and put more feet on the ground if the Police Chief Andrew Schierberg can get the city to approve his request for a salary scale.

Schierberg presented a plan to the council to rearrange staffing within the police department so that one sergeant position can be added to the department. The change would not add to the number of employees at this time, but would change positions for current members of the department.

Schierberg asked for the change because he said that currently less than 48 percent of shifts are supervised, and this would allow for more guidance and supervision of all officers in the department. He also suggested that the move would alleviate the current amount of office work for sergeants and allow them to spend more time patrolling around the city.

The ordinance change would make it so that the department would have four sergeants instead of two.

The council had a first reading of a resolution that would authorize a text amendment of city zoning of a building on Grandview Avenue, near the Drees building, that would allow it to be used as an upscale hair salon.

The reading only allows for the change of the current zoning guidelines text and does not give consent for the building to become a salon automatically.

Bill Chappie, who owns Elements Hair Salon, is requesting the change so that his company can move into the building.

While Elements presently operates in Crescent Springs, Chappie said that the business has outgrown its current space and the new location would be more than enough space and provide adequate parking.

A motion carried to approve a resolution that allows the mayor to apply for the 2017 Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Grants to replace fifty sections of 1.75-inch fire hose. The grant does not require any kind of local match.

Matt Stegman was present at the meeting to update the council on phase one of the streetscape project around town, which included several options for the downtown area between Orphanage Road and Requardt Lane.

The main goals of the project are to improve sidewalks, add greenery, and prevent minor flooding issues, according to Stegman. The project in total will cost $85,000.

City Administrator Sharmili Reddy presented a reading to change the city’s right-of-way on Requardt Lane so that city property runs parallel with the street.

Currently there is a cul-de-sac-like curve in the 90-degree turn on the street that technically belongs to the city, even though private citizens have been maintaining it as their yards for years. The change would give citizens the land they have been maintaining.

Carol Wagner, founder of the Foxfire Foundation, talked with the council and community members about the purpose of her Fort Mitchell-based organization and why it’s important that the everyone be aware of their mission.

Wagner, who lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2005, started the foundation to help counsel families and drug addicts in dealing with the disease and those affected by it.

Speaking of the disease and those affected by it with great passion, Wagner asked that the city and citizens keep her organization in mind when planning public events and trying to help those affected by the heroin epidemic.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor