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Villa Hills: Longtime Police Sgt. Retires, City Addresses Flooding

In a quiet month for Villa Hills, reports were kept short at the City Council meeting, with chief and committees easing through their updates.

The police department opened the meeting by formally retiring Sergeant Mel Wright after 16 years of service to Villa Hills. Mayor Butch Callery swore in Officer Greg Sandel Jr, who is retired from the Campbell County Police Department to fill the space in the department.

Chief of Police Bryan Allen also reported to the council that as part of the police department’s training this month, they had worked with the fire department to receive medical training so that they can address victim's wounds if necessary when arriving to a scene.

Derick Yelton, director of public works, reported that after the heavy rain recently, the basement of the police department’s building flooded. They installed a sump pump in the building to prevent further issues and to save taxpayers money down the road.

Any problems with residential homes were forwarded either to the Northern Kentucky Water District, or Sanitation District 1. Yelton said that he followed up with all complaints to make sure that all problems were tended to and corrected.

The Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire Department received its new truck and it will be in use after two weeks of training. All old equipment will be switched to the new truck, with the exception of ladders.

Other Notes:

Multiple motions and resolutions were passed at the meeting. They are as follows:

  • Municipal order 2017-D declaring surplus property of Wright’s badge and gun so that he can purchase them at fair market value after finalization of his retirement from the Villa Hills Police Department

  • Municipal order 3027-E approved, reappoints Sam Bitter and Jim Cleves to the Villa Hills Board of Adjustments

  • Resolution 2017-D requesting for the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Trustees certify the positions of Detective, Sergeant, and Chief of Police as Hazardous Duty for employees effective April 1, 2017

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor

Photo: Villa Hills city council (RCN file)