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New Technology Captures Speed Data in Real Time in Edgewood

There are new speed signs in Edgewood, installed on poles around town, featuring brand new technology in the area.

"The old system was only good for three days," said Edgewood Police Chief Tony Kramer. "We had to have a vehicle with a hitch to tow it to where we wanted." The new technology is cloud-based.

Kramer said the police department before would have to bring the data collected back to the station and download it, and charge the battery. The new system allows the  information to be transmitted immediately back to the department.

The units have been installed outside the city building, at Dudley near Belle Meade, and in a residential area on Meadowlark near Oriole.  

They use lithium batteries and can go for a week without being recharged.

Kramer said that they are working on eight days for a full charge now, and the department is looking into the possibility of a solar powered panel with a battery backup for the units to extend the charge.

Kramer said that he can run a report for any day, or any part of a day, asking for information on how many cars traveled by and at what speed. On January 22, for instance, 2,690 vehicles went past the sign. The average speed was 33 miles per hour, and the highest speed was 55 in the 35 zone. That happened at 1:45 a.m.  

One question posed by members of city council was how much the units cost, and Kramer said the three units plus batteries cost approximately $10,000. He told council the program interfaces with Open Gov, so at some point residents will be able to log on to the city website and see the numbers live.

City administrator Brian Dehner said the city may buy more.

Edgewood looks at fire contract with Crestview Hills

Edgewood and Fort Mitchell split fire service to the City of Crestview Hills, which asked for a one-year extension of the contract at the same price.   

City Attorney Frank Wichmann said that there was no provision for an extension and the contract ends on March 31.  

Councilman Jeff Schreiver said he looked at the tax rates of what other cities were paying for fire service and the price Edgewood was charging was below the average.

"We have been providing service for next to nothing," he said. "We just can't afford to do it anymore."

Councilman Joe Messmer explained that Edgewood's Fire and EMS department had to have trained staff and equipped vehicles anyway, but with extra work, equipment could wear out sooner.

"Our department is second to none," Messmer said. "And it is worth more that we are charging."

Council agreed that the rate needed to be increased. 

Other notes:

Mayor John Link said that the sidewalk that will connect Lakeside Park, Crestview Hills, and Edgewood along Turkeyfoot Road to Dixie Highway should be completed by late summer.

He also said the Northern Kentucky Health Department has moved from Edgewood to Florence, and the grand opening will be February 16. Link also said St. Elizabeth Hospital will take over the building vacated by the health department.

Link also told the audience that the Fire/EMS fish fry will start Friday, February 16 and run through March 30, at the Senior Center. Carry-outs are also available.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor