Ft. Wright's Pension Lawsuit Will Continue, Mayor Says; City to Look at Road Plan
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:50 RCN Newsdesk
As the Commonwealth of Kentucky continues to grapple with the financial crisis facing its pension systems, the City of Ft. Wright will continue with its lawsuit against it.
Mayor Dave Hatter said last week that even with the recent proposals from Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican leaders in Frankfort, the city will keep up its class action lawsuit against the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
"As far as I am concerned, as long as the (County Employee Retirement System) pension is being controlled by the (Kentucky Retirement System) board, our suit will continue," Hatter said at the conclusion of Wednesday's city council meeting.
The cities of Independence and Taylor Mill have also recently joined Ft. Wright's legal effort and other cities have adopted resolutions calling for the separation of CERS from KRS.
"While I applaud the governor taking up the problem, it cannot continue as it is. it is unsustainable. Something has to be done," Hatter said. "It is difficult to have a positive opinion on the proposed solution until we get numbers which show what it will cost the employees and the people of Ft Wright.
"Remember, they have all done what was asked of them: they contributed their fair share every year, and if they say we will now have an 80 percent increase, that is devastating to any city. So I am sort of neutral until I see the numbers."
City to reach midpoint of 5-year road plan
City council expects to reach the midpoint of its 5-year road plan some time next spring, an issue that was discussed Wednesday.
Some funds set aside for the reconstruction of Edna Lane may be applied to Stoney Point Drive and High Point Drive, since a Sanitation District 1 project on Edna is no longer necessary.
The cost would be estimated at $511,000, and with design costs, an additional $65,000 would be added, making the total close to $600,000, an amount within the limits that the city budgeted for the work.
Council approved the work on the streets.
City council adopted two amendments to zoning issues, with one allowing a proposed ammunition company to move forward with plans to locate an operation in the city.
In August, The River City News reported that Great Lakes Ammo already operates in Wixom, Michigan, and was looking for a second location. The company found a facility on Helen Ruth Drive off Old Kentucky 17, but needed a zone change.
City council also voted to allow the storage of flammable materials with strict standards.
City Clerk Joyce Woods announced her plan to retire at the end of the year, so city council voted to appoint Susan Ellis as the full-time assistant city clerk to offer enough time for Ellis to shadow Woods.
Edwin Faulkner was appointed to the James A Ramage Civil War Museum Board effective November 1 through December 31, 2018.
Jack Toebben was reappointed to the Kenton County Planning Commission for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2021.
Police Chief Marc Schworer received a plaque for offering an active shooter program at SD-1.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor