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Ft. Mitchell to Explore Possible Hire for Recreation After Successful Summer

With an overall positive response to its recreational programs offered during the summer months, Fort Mitchell City Council has its vision focused on additional improvements it can make in the future to build on the department's forward momentum.

“There are several things that would make the program a whole lot better and we have the option to do online registration,” City Administrator Sharmili Reddy said. “A lot of cities have moved towards that…we don’t give people the option to register for the events, they have to sign up for all of them.” Reddy added that a cutoff date was needed for a few events as well, particularly citing the tennis lessons. The course instructors were making last-minute equipment rounds due to the uncertainly of how many people were going to show up for the lesson and a registration limit would alleviate some of those concerns, she said. “I think some of those events where supplies are necessary, we need to cut off registration,” Reddy commented.

Mayor Jude Hehman asked city council members whether or not the city wants to bring on an additional employee to handle the recreation program due to its momentum and because the city knows it is in good budgetary standing. “Clearly it’s a value to the community. People that have been coming to these programs year after year, so there’s a lot of value to the community…so my recommendation is that we have some sort of committee to sit down and take a closer look at this,” Reddy said. The administrator later added that she thought council could do a lot with the current money it has but “we just have got to be smarter about it.”

Other Notes:

Property tax rates within the city were set at 13.9 cents per 100-dollar evaluation for fiscal year 2015-2016, which will help pay salaries for police officers, firefighters, public works and other city employees, city attorney Bob Ziegler said. “There is no tax increase,” Hehman added.

The vacant property at 24 Ross Ave. has a potential buyer that is willing to put money into it and fix it up because the possible owner likes its location within the Beechwood School District.

Council is studying the feasibility of whether body cameras could be coming to its police department and is searching for grants.

Councilman Dennis Zahler said the Biggby Coffee at 2498 Dixie Hwy. was named the number one franchise location of the more than 100 shops located throughout the Midwest, with Lily being named top barista.

The originally-scheduled September 26 date for the open house has been moved to Saturday, September 19. Former mayors, council members, police officers, firefighters and other city workers are invited to attend the event with the community.

Story & photo by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor