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New Police Officer Takes Oath in Florence; Chicken Restaurant Proceeds

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen swore innew police officer Rob Fulton, who brought his wife and son to watch at this week's city council meeting. Fulton started his police career at CVG Airport and then spent five years with the Covington Police.

"I am looking forward to serving the city," he said.

In other business, Council passed the second reading of an ordinance adopting and approving a change for a development plan along a 33-acre site generally located on the west side of Hopeful Church Road between the properties at 7275 and 7393 Hopeful Church Road. This is to allow 170 attached ranch style units which will be targeted at the 55 to 80-year old seniors.  

At the first reading, councilmen Mel Carroll and David Osborne voted against on the ordinance because they thought the developer should put in a turn lane even though the Kentucky Department of Transportation did not require the turn lane at this time. At this reading, David Osborne still voted no, but Mel Carroll was not present so the ordinance passed with a four to one vote.

An ordinance also approving a change in a development plan for a .76 acre site located at 7840 Mall road was read. This ordinance will allow a Slim Chickens restaurant with a drive-thru lane and outdoor seating to be located where the old 5/3 Bank building is, in front of the Florence Mall. The old bank building will be torn down to make way for the new restaurant. Council voted yes on this ordinance.

An ordinance was read for the first time which eliminates the positions of receptionist, finance supervisor, occupational license inspector, administrative assistant, and business/community development director, and creates the positions of occupational license/finance supervisor, community projects administrator, and assistant city coordinator/business and community development director. Since many of these positions were renamed, only two were eliminated. The pay plans were adjusted also.

Heather Tackett was appointed to the city of Florence Main Street design review board for a three-year term. Tackett was present and was introduced to council.

Mayor Whalen announced that President's day is next Monday and the city will have a special display at the city building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Top photo: Rob Fulton is sworn in by Mayor Whalen (RCN)