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Ft. Mitchell Wants State to Improve Dixie Highway Safety

The City of Fort Mitchell adopted a resolution this week requesting that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improve safety along Dixie Highway.

The resolution, read by new city attorney Claire Parsons, notes that there are twenty-two intersections with Dixie in the city, and a high number of residents using the pedestrian access along the corridor.

The city wants thermoplastic crosswalks to be installed in all pedestrian crossings, with the goal of brightening them to make them more visible.

Pedestrian crossing lights are also requested, particularly at Dixie and Fortside Drive where the TANK bus stop is across the street.

Meanwhile, residents of Park Road are concerned about safety issues with a nearby pond.

There is a retaining wall but it has deteriorated to being only a foot high. There have been flooding issues on nearby roads.

Mayor Jude Hehman said that there is between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of repairs needed and that the city should not bear the cost alone. 

A conference call was set up with nearby property owners, including some that live in California.

Hehman suggested that a homeowners association be formed to take care of the maintenance of the pond.

A meeting will be set up once all the property owners are located.

In other news, city council will explore an amendment to an ordinance dealing with parking permits for campers and boats.

Residents are able to obtain eighteen permits per year to park a large vehicle for 24 hours, and two permits for 72-hour parking for large vehicles.

But after one resident applied to receive eighteen 24-hour permits back-to-back, for eighteen consecutive days of parking, the city is looking to take action.

City administrator Sharmili Reddy said that the city could amend the ordinance to allow for eight 72-hour parking permits per year with seven days minimum between permits.

Reddy also announced that this year the city will not be able to help with the storm sewer repairs which a few residents need.  

At the last meeting, a representative from Sanitation District 1 explained the programs available through the utility, but he said there is only $50,000 for repairs for the entire Northern Kentucky area.  

To apply for help, however, it is necessary for the city to start the process by filing the application. Reddy said the city will do the applications, but the resident has to have an engineering plan. She said that no money was allocated for sewer repairs in the budget for this year, and council would have to decide if it wants to put aside funds in next year's budget.

Also at Monday's meeting, Peggy Schutzman, of Madonna House, gave a presentation about the organization where young mothers are counseled.

The budget for Madonna House is $50,000 a year, and it is completely privately funded. Schutzman said many times when the moms find out that all the people who help at the house are volunteers who want them to get their act together, it inspires them to set up good habits so they can move out and up in a year.

 "It's the most powerful tool we have," she said.

 Mayor Hehman presented a check for $500 to organizers of the Party in the Fort event which was put on by Live Well Ft Mitchell.  

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor