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Kenton County Agrees to Task Force to Deal with Street, Address Issues

Kenton County Fiscal Court approved the creation of a task force to examine troubled addresses within the county.

The move came at the request of Planning & Development Services of Kenton County.

That organization's executive director, Dennis Gordon, spoke to the fiscal court last week and said that problem addresses are found across the country, and create difficulties for emergency responders, the post office, and delivery services.

Gordon said that PDS is accustomed to assisting the county and its cities in the clean-up of other difficulties, like streets with the same or a similar name, or when address numbers are incorrect or need to be changed.

Gordon said that if an ambulance is sent to an address it can't locate, it could cost someone their life.

Gordon suggested that these issues be addressed before the new digital radios and 911 system go online. A task force would fix wrong address numbers and similar street names, he said.

County Commissioner Jon Draud asked why PDS needed the fiscal court's approval.

Gordon responded that his agency wanted the legitimacy of a county ordinance or some other legislation so that the task force could bring in cities to be part of the solution.

County Administrator Joe Shriver told the fiscal court that it could do it with an executive order.

When some on the court expressed confusion about why this wasn't done before, Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann explained that there would be some people upset by the proposed changes.

In other business, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas also spoke at the meeting to update the state's program that aims to address one-thousand ailing bridges over the next six years.

Four hundred bridges are slated to be fixed or replaced in Kentucky this summer.

Knochelmann said that there are multiple Kenton County bridges that are part of the program.

The fiscal court also approved a memorandum of understanding with Sanitation District 1 (SD1). Shriver explained that it was originally understood that a 24-inch pipe would go to the new administrative building near Twelfth Street/Martin Luther King, Blvd. in Covington, but there is only a 12-inch line. The original bid to change out the larger pipe was for $600,000. It was then reduced to $287,000 for the smaller pipe. 

SD1 agreed to partner with the county, which further reduced the cost to the county to $60,000.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor