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Park Hills Police to Continue Patrolling Bromley; City Searches for Way to Increase Pay

The Park Hills Police Department will continue to patrol the neighboring City of Bromley through 2025.

Bromley City Council unanimously approved the extension on Wednesday, and will pay the same amount of $100,000 per year that it has been paying. Park Hills Police Department has patrolled Bromley since 2012.

On Monday night, Park Hills City Council voted to approve the interlocal agreement between the two cities.

Meanwhile, Chief Cody Stanley presented his budget to council - $713,000 for eight full-time officers. It is an increase of $2,000 over last year's budget, and does not offer a raise to the department's top leaders, including Stanley.

Some members of council expressed discomfort with the lack of pay increases for veteran members of the department, with one suggestion being that Stanley could move his officers to 12-hour shifts rather than 10-hour. The chief said that he opposes 12-hour shifts because it reduces the amount of time off for officers.

Councilman Jason Reser said the city would try to find a budget solution so that it could give normal raises to the chief and the lieutenant and still maintain a full police force.

Stanley also said the department is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with a celebration on June 24 at the church across the street from the Police Department with games, activities, and a food truck.

Fire Chief John Rigney said that his department was also celebrating an anniversary, 75 years, and recently had a reunion at the firehouse. 

Other notes:

City Council formally adopted the ordinance that changes the zoning for a stretch of Dixie Highway where Cabinetry & Designs by Granite World, a company owned by Kenton County Commissioner  Joe Nienaber, will locate.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Matt Mattone to apply for a text amendment so that Covington Catholic High School can put up windscreens between the school and the residences behind the campus. Planning & Development Services of Kenton County will draft the text amendment and then it will come back to the city for review and further action.

The city's annual Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m., and Jim Claypool, a veteran and longtime resident, will be the Grand Marshall. Elliott Feltner, seriously injured in a car accident, will be re-introduced to the community for their continued support while he continues to recover. Volunteers are needed for the parade.

Councilman Karl Oberjohn said that the new city website will be up in about two weeks and will debut at the caucus meeting. He also said he is pleased with the beginning of Opengov, a newly implemented software that allows immediate public access to government spending, but would like to see more things posted on the site.  Oberjohn suggested that the city look at similar cities such as Edgewood, Independence, and Ft. Wright to see how they are handling documents on the site, and even Covington, although it is a much bigger city.

Richard Lange, from the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, announced that TBNK received 4 Blue Chip Cable Community Media Awards.

Pam Spoor again asked residents to bring in their old photos of Park Hills to the city building so that they can be scanned for use in a forthcoming book about the city.