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Creek's Erosion to Be Addressed in Edgewood

The erosion of the creek near Horsebranch Road was discussed at Monday's Edgewood City Council meeting.
 
CT Consultants' Mark Brueggemann and Marty Hellman offered possible solutions for the city to consider. Some of the affected land is in Crestview Hills, and that city is working with James Berling Engineering on its issues related to the creek.
 
Brueggemann offered a 5-part solution, which said would be a proactive approach intended to take the water flow down to pre-construction levels. He said the first step includes a structure on the Crestview Hills side which would be 8-ft. by 8-ft. wide, and 28-ft. high. This structure should hold back the velocity of the water so that the water flow is more controlled, he said. The second is south of South Loop Road where there is an 84-inch culvert, in Edgewood, where they propose to build another structure, 8-ft. by 10-ft. wide and 26.5-ft. tall that would be designed to reduce the flow of water.
 
The third step is at the corner of South Loop and Medical Village Drive, where there is a water retention basin. The plan would be to modify this basin slightly to detain more water by changing the size of the water orifice. The fourth step would be at the intersection of Thomas More Parkway and Medical Village Drive where there is a 54-inch culvert where the orifice would be restricted to reduce the flow of water.
 
The fifth part is a 60-inch culvert that crosses Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills to restrict and impound the water and then release it slowly.
 
The cost for this solution for Edgewood is in the $175,000 to $200,000 range, but if it works, it would save the city over $100,000, a significant amount of benefit for the cost. 
 
Other notes:
 
Police Chief Tony Kramer gave a report on body cameras, showing off one on the front of his uniform. He reminded council of the money that had been allocated for the cameras, and then mentioned that he wanted an in-car cam/body cam that could be connected, but the technology is not available yet. So Kramer went with Wolfcom, ordering the units in May of last year. 
 
Edgewood officers started wearing the body cams at the beginning of the year. 
 
Kramer then showed some videos that showed limitations of the body cams, specifically where to put the cams on the body. The videos were training simulations in which there were active shooters that the officers had to neutralize, and it was clear that the gun that the officers held was in the way of the view of the body cam when it was worn on the epaulet, or on the front of the shirt. Kramer said in instances where the video had to be examined, people would go through it frame by frame, and he stated "things don't happen frame by frame in real life."   
 
Mayor John Link talked about Planning & Development Services of Kenton County's possible move to the Bavarian site in Covington, where the Kenton County government will move in 2019. Link said that PDS would eventually sell its Ft. Mitchell building and said it was a cost-effective move.
 
He also said a few city mayors, along with Tommy Thompson, Executive Director of the Emergency Communications center would be filming a program on May 4 talking about the new digital emergency communications system.  Link said he always felt like he was in trouble and had to go to the principal's office because he wants the county to shoulder 90 percent of the cost and the cities have 10 percent, but he said that Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann agreed to talk about it. The current pre-numbers bill for the city of Edgewood comes in at $250,000 as a minimum cost.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Chief Tony Kramer speaks to council (RCN)