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It's Danielle Blakeney Day in Erlanger in Honor of Gold Medal-Winning Special Olympian

Just back from winning three gold medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, Danielle Blakeney received another honor this week in Erlanger.

Mayor Tyson Hermes read a proclamation Tuesday night declaring August 5 to be Danielle Blakeney Day in the city. Blakeney lives with her parents in Erlanger and has trained in gymnastics for 11 years. She participated and medaled in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Greece several years ago, and just returned from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles where she won seven medals.

Even though she has worked very hard for all of her competitions, Blakeneysaid she really loves the sport.

"Danielle is a role model," said Mayor Hermes. "We commend her on her perseverance."

Hermes also declared August 31, 2015, World Overdose Prevention Day in the city.

In other business, Council passed the new nuisance ordinance. The first part of the ordinance allows recreational vehicles to be stored on a paved surface of an occupied residence all year round instead of only 8 months as it had been. The second part of the ordinance says trash cans can be put out after 4 p.m. on the evening before pickup day, and they have to be returned to within two feet of the garage after they have been emptied.

Another ordinance which had a second reading was the mayor's termination authority. This ordinance provides safeguards for all non­elected personnel in the city, and allows them due process before they can be terminated.

A zoning amendment was read for the first time which allows hospitals to be a permitted use in four zones, HC, HC2, IP, and IP1.

A resolution was passed which is an interlocal agreement with Florence, Erlanger and Elsmere providing for a unified police protection system where all the cities will back up each other if one city needs the help. Another first reading of an ordinance recodifying ordinances was tabled, as was a resolution dealing with Homeland Security.

Council agreed to have Mayor Hermes sign an agreement with the Kenton County Mayors Group asking for monetary help from Governor Steve Beshear to help fund a sidewalk on Dixie Highway in Covington.

This is a part of the 'Dixie fix' so that sidewalks can be installed all the way down to Covington.

Mayor Hermes announced that the grant the city had applied for concerning the railroad overpass on Dixie Highway had been declined, but that he was pursuing other avenues to get the project done, and he hopes to have funding lined up so that the project can be started by spring of next year.

City Council Attorney Frank Wichmann asked council's permission to start foreclosure proceedings against five different properties in the city, and said that he would proceed with the foreclosures.

Finally, Mayor Hermes announced that he had heard from Brandon Baldoni, from the Erlanger Library, that the Library will be getting a 3D printer that will be available for limited public access soon.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor