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Ft. Wright City Council Gets New Member

Ft. Wright has a new council member.
 
Margie Witt was appointed Wednesday night to fill the vacancy created by Joe Averdick who is stepping down because he is moving to Florida. 
 
Council received 11 applications and interviewed candidates for the opening on Monday. Mayor Dave Hatter complimented the caliber of applicants, and called the decision difficult.
 
Witt is a familiar face in the city, serving on the vision committee and with the Garden Club, and each year she organizes the city-wide clean-up.
 
"I threw my hat in the ring because I feel that it is really important to be involved in the community," Witt said. "I felt this would be a good opportunity to get my feet wet.  And I have three kids, two boys and a girl, and I think this sets a good example to set for them."
 
Witt will be sworn in on July 5 at a meeting that Averdick will also attend, so council invites the public to say hello to its new member and goodbye to its departing one.
 
Other notes:
 
Council adopted the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The fund balance for the year is $6,286,715,  about 2 to 3 percent higher than the last budget.
 
City Administrator Ed Butler said that $225,000 is set aside for the purchase of the new digital emergency communication radios that are coming to the region, even though there isn't a firm cost yet. 
 
An ordinance amending definitions and signs for the Limited Highway Service Zone was passed, creating a path for an Infinity dealership to be able to move into the zone. Butler explained that the amended ordinance is patterned after the Ft. Mitchell ordinance that allowed the Mercedes dealership to come to that city.
 
A bike rodeo will be held at the city building on Saturday at 2 p.m. where kids can pick up some safety tips since they are out on their bikes more in the summer.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Margie Witt (RCN)