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Independence Turns Over Fowler Creek Sewer to SD1, Will Build New Basketball Courts

Independence City Council celebrated a resolution that turns over the Fowler Creek Sewer System to Sanitation District 1.

Lawsuits associated with the system delayed the city's move, which follows many other local cities in joining SD1.

The resolution was passed unanimously. It includes all sewer plants in Independence, turns over complete ownership and maintenance to SD1.

Chris Moriconi, the city administrator, announced that the city had received a grant of $75,000 to begin work on two full size basketball courts behind the city building. The city will be matching the grant for a total of $150,000 to be invested in the courts. The project will also include construction of a parking area off of Peach Drive.

City Attorney Jack Gatlin presented a first reading of of an ordinance to change a zoned neighborhood commercial building to allow for a building of a veterinary office for small animals.

Looking to change ordinances on the development of homes in Independence, Mayor Chris Reinersman said that he has met with the Home Builders Association to discuss changes to building codes in Independence.

Reinersman said that the primary changes would limit the materials that builders can use on the exterior of homes, limiting the amount of vinyl siding specifically that can be used on homes.

He added that the city will be receiving input from major developers in the area before it finalizes decisions on materials that can be used.

Reinersman also recognized multiple community members including Flynn Blanchett, who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Blanchett completed a service project for the city of Independence with working towards becoming an Eagle Scout by adding benches and stairs along trails at Memorial Park.

Reinersman declared the week of February 7-14 Congenital Heart Defect awareness week in Independence, a tradition the city has had for many years now.

Gary Helton discussed his personal connection with the defect and highlighted the story of a local second grader who has overcome his early health problems and is now actively involved in many sports at Summit View Academy.

Also at the meeting, Reinersman announced that he will be a part of a new talk show series on TBNK, “City Talk,” that will highlight various issues around the northern Kentucky area, featuring many local mayors discussing the issues and offering their insights.

The series will have eight episodes a year and will be hosted by Moriconi.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor