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New Leadership Takes Over at Erlanger City Building

Erlanger's new city administrator took the oath of office earlier this month.

Matthew Kremer was elevated to the city's top job from the police department where he had served as a sergeant. He replaces Marc Fields.

Kremer's wife and three children held up the Bible while he took the oath.

"I look forward to whatever the future holds," Kremer said, after thanking everyone for the overwhelming support.

Ryan Atchley, who was promoted to Kremer's old sergeant's job in the police department, also took the oath of office. His wife and son were present to hold the Bible for the oath.

"I appreciate everything the administration has done for me," Atchley said.

Other notes:

The City of Erlanger is looking to create an economic development area along Houston and Erlanger Roads. The Houston Road/Erlanger Road Development Area would require participation from Kenton County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Planning & Development Services of Kenton County, along with USICIC, LLC, the developer.

The plan would create an established special fund for payment of project costs and redevelopment assistance.

 

A resolution passed which allows Economic Development Director David Hahn to make an application to the Kenton County Planning Commission for a study to see if there should be a text amendment to allow a day care as an approved use in a shopping center zone.

Another resolution passed which allows the city to adopt the Northern Kentucky Regional Hazard Mitigation plan. This also means that the city has to appoint a representative to the committee for this plan.

City Engineer Jim Viox announced that bids were in on the Perimeter sidewalk project. JPS Construction was the lowest of the four bids received at $397,227.50, and Viox said it was still under the projected cost by $23,616.36.

The project on Riggs Avenue only received two bids, and Viox thought that was because many companies don't want to deal with managing traffic. Viox recommended JPS construction again as the low bidder at $480,190.50.This project also came in under estimates by around $13,000.

A street crack-filling project, bid by the pound, was awarded to Paul Michels and Sons, which had the low bid of $1.69 per pound of filler. Council voted to accept all of Viox's recommendations.

The Music House was featured in the business spotlight. The Music House had been located in the strip mall at the corner of Commonwealth and Dixie Highway, but moved when CVS was built there.They are now on Crescent Springs Road near St. Vincent DePaul, and offer lessons in many instruments and repair of instruments, as well as instrument sales.They have room for more artists and are working on a space for recitals at this time.

Mayor Hermes proclaimed November 1 as Extra Mile day in the city, and also proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Matthew Kremer takes the oath of office (RCN)
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Ryan Athley takes the oath of office (RCN)