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Cold Spring: Council Member Apologizes for Arrest, Mayor is Honored

A Cold Spring city councilwoman has spoken publicly for the first time since her arrest last week on 4th degree assault charge and marijuana possession charges. Lisa Cavanaugh was jailed alongside her husband following a domestic incident at their home. 

Cavanaugh's statement was released publicly Monday, hours before the Cold Spring City Council meeting.

"I do not want our meeting turned into a three-ring circus," Cavanaugh said in her statement, as reported by Fort Thomas Matters. "The incident that occurred was a very unfortunate family matter between myself; my husband; and our son that quickly escalated and got out of control. Every family has issues and things happen, but since I'm on council, my personal life is subject to public knowledge. The charges themselves and through the media it can sound like there's more to it than what there actually is, but I take responsibility for myself and my actions. 

"However my personal life does not effect my position on council, my concern for the city, or my service to my community and what I was elected to do. Those that know me personally and those who have followed me on social media for the last four years, know that I feel it is a privilege to be on city council and it is not something I take for granted. My concern isn't so much about myself, but about more unnecessary negative attention brought to the city, and there is no one more disappointed and embarrassed than I am in myself, and I want to humbly extend my sincerest apologies to the residents of Cold Spring. I appreciate the support and kind words from family, friends, and residents and all I can do is deal with it and move on.

"I've never been arrested in my life, but when you're laying on a cold hard floor, one tends to do a lot of thinking and soul searching, and sometimes it's the things that bring out the worst in us, that help us to focus on what's important in life and to make the necessary changes to better ourselves. There's a lesson in everything, if you are aware and look closely enough. I will handle my personal family matters privately.  So, in the spirit of fair and balanced reporting, now that you got the negative side of my personal life, there is a positive side to my public life. 

"I am the city's Historical Curator, and Cold Spring will be celebrating its 75th anniversary on Sat. June 25 here at the city building. We are bringing back the Country Cruisers Car Show and The Belairs (formerly Hotwax) will be performing the Concert in the Park. There will be a formal historical presentation plus lots of other activities for everyone. This is something I am very excited about and have been anticipating and planning for the last 4 years and with my long family history, it means something to me and it is something I am very proud to be doing.

"There's nothing more to say about my personal issues, and I am going to respectfully ask the media out of courtesy, to please not call our city clerks and mayor. They have much more important things to do besides making statements about my private family matters which in no way are related to the real issues of the City of Cold Spring. Thank You for your time in listening to what I have to say."

Other notes from Cold Spring Council:

Cold Spring City Council approved several second reading ordinances Monday evening. Among them: The Cold Spring City Code regarding parking fees, citations and the storm water management fee schedule. Also on the agenda, it filled the vacant seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission with Ron Schumacher, whose term will run until January 31, 2020.

The Campbell County Cleanup will take place April 1-2, from 8-5 p.m. and April 3, from 8-4 p.m. at various locations around the area, Cold Spring Mayor David Angelo Penque said. Residents with trash and debris may unload it at Pendery Park and the Campbell County Police Station; scrap metal, household appliances, tires, empty propane tanks up to 20 lbs., car batteries and electronics may be taken to the Campbell County Transportation Center on Racetrack Road, the Mayor added.

Also of note, a full slate of activities is scheduled to take place within city limits on Saturday, April 23. First, Shred Day will commence at the Disabled American Veterans headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, from 9-1 p.m. with free shredding services to all Campbell County residents. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Municipal Park Shelter, coffee, donuts and orange juice will be served to commemorate Arbor Day, where free shrubs will be given away to interested parties.

The lack of a right-turn lane leading into the LaRosa’s restaurant and complex has contributed to road congestion, resident Steve Trout told council, adding “27 should be free-flowing.” Trout asked City Administrative Officer Stephen Taylor if a study has taken place to measure the effectiveness of such an addition to the road, but Taylor said nothing has to his knowledge.

Caught off-guard, Mayor Penque received several awards: a plaque from the Belle of Louisville, naming him Honorary Captain from his many years of military and law enforcement service; an Honorary Kentucky Colonel on behalf of Governor Matt Bevin; and lastly, from Congressman Thomas Massie, naming him an Admiral in the Kentucky Navy.

Those interested in volunteering for the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration of Cold Spring should contact the city building.

Written by Jason Finnell & Michael Monks