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Campbell County Approves Incentives for Newport Property, Honors Future Farmers

The Campbell County Fiscal Court considered several pieces of legislation at its meeting in Newport this week.
The court listened to the first reading of an ordinance Wednesday evening to put a speed limit of 25 MPH on four roads: Shadowlawn Drive, Richland Lane, Hearthstone Court, and Reitman Road. Also on those roads, stop signs will be installed where Shadowlawn, Richland, and Hearthstone intersect with Reitman, and stop signs will be on Reitman, too.
Commissioners also voted on a resolution to review the procedure manual for the Campbell County Detention Center, an annual review required by the state.  
Another resolution approved participation in a property assessment moratorium program for Bellevue RE, LLC, owned by Ken Lewis - the businessman behind New Riff Distilling and the Party Source. He owns two turn of the century buildings, and this moratorium, only for county taxes, will be for five years, at the end of which it will be assessed at full value. Economic Development Manager Seth Cutter said it would mean a difference in value of approximately $53,000 in incentives. New Riff Distilling is moving on a "whiskey campus" project in Newport, and Bellevue RE owns a large building on Lowell Street.
Andy Yeager and Bob Yeager from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 6 gave a report on the secondary road funds that will be coming to the county for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The amount of the road funds is $671,568. District 6, which covers 11 counties, makes recommendations as to where to spend the money. This year they identified Pond Creek Road, between Wolf Road and KY 536, a 4-mile stretch that needs pipe replacement and resurfacing. The other roads are Clay Ridge Road, and Kenton Station Road from US 27 to Lees Road, both of which need resurfacing.
County Administrator Matt Elberfeld announced that the county would be hiring Scott Schwarberg to fill a vacancy in the Office of Emergency Management.  Elberfeld said that he worked with human resources director Frank Spaparo on whether the county could handle two full-time employees in the emergency management department.It was determined that with two full-time people on, there was no duplication of responsibilities. Also, if one of the full time employees is out, there is only one other person left to respond to emergencies. Eberfeld said it was difficult to create a part time schedule because the position needed a consistent schedule, and a part-time person can only work 100 hours a month, which cut into time that he would need to respond to emergencies. Eberfeld told the court that the search resulted in finding a great candidate, a retired Navy person, who already had his classes finished and had worked as a volunteer at the Scott County Emergency Management department. His salary will be $39,670 per year with a benefit package.
The court passed a motion to hire seven people for golf course maintenance. The county is making the hires earlier this year as warmer weather has resulted in earlier golf play. The seven were hired at a rate of $10.67 an hour.
Also approved was the retirement of Joe Pfefferman, a road maintenance specialist, in May, and the advertisement for a his replacement.
Commissioners approved John Hengelbrock to replace Bob Heil on the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Authority (Tri-ED) board for a three-year term. Seth Cutter was appointed as a secondary to Judge/Executive Steve Pendery on the Northern Kentucky Port Authority Board.
Fiscal Court Clerk Paula Spicer announced that the county will take the title to a RAMP bus from TANK and will lease the bus to the Campbell County Fire Protection Association.
A resident asked the commission to look into a continuous right hand turn arrow from westbound 11th Street to Monmouth Street to go under the underpass in Newport.
March 31 and April 1 will be a clean-up week in the county. Trash can be taken to Pendery Park or the county police department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other items can go to the Campbell County Transportation Center on Racetrack Road during those same hours. More information is available by calling 859.547.1866.
Finally, nine members of the Future Farmers of America came to the meeting, and Judge/Executive Steve Pendery proclaimed February 18 to 25 as Future Farmers of America week, to coincide with the national celebration. Conner Richardson, president of the club, accepted the proclamation and spoke for the group.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Nine members of the FFA stood with the Judge Executive and the commissioners (RCN)