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Bromley's Fire Department Festival Won't Return; City Preparing Cautious Budget

The Bromley Volunteer Fire Department will not host its once annual summer festival, it was announced last week.

During the city council meeting, it was noted that a committee within the department had explored its options, but had difficulty securing amusement rides, and did not want to repeat a less successful festival that featured inflatable attractions.

Instead, the department may host a fish fry, and will continue alternative fundraising opportunities such as the recent Skyline Chili night, in which the Ft. Wright location of the chili chain donated 20 percent of its sales for one night.

Meanwhile, as the budget for the next fiscal year is being crafted, Council member Gail Smith said that all projects are being put on hold until the city has a better idea of what its cash flow will be in the new fiscal year. At the beginning of the meeting, the annual independent outside audit was presented, showing good accounting and three months of cash on hand.

But there may soon be difficulty in collecting in sending out tax bills.

The software used to disseminate the bills for residents was stored on computers seized by the Kenton County Police Department in February as part of an investigation, the nature of which remains unclear three months later. City Attorney Kim Vocke said that the computers are in the possession of the Kentucky State Police. "Sometimes they have them for twelve to eighteen months," Vocke said he was told. "This is the community's, this is the public's computers. It's a bit different."

"We have put all projects on hold, due to everything that is going on," Smith said. "We just need to see how our cash flow will be."

The city is also working with Kenton County to sort out discrepancies in the amount of taxes owed by B P Oil Company, which operates in the city, Smith said.

In other news, council voted to keep two blocks of Shelby Street as one-way traffic. About ten residents showed up to speak on the matter, with most favoring to keep the street one-way, even though it was made so decades ago to accommodate the long-gone trolley system. Based on feedback from the residents, council voted to keep the street as one-way.

Bids for the city-owned bobcat, purchased late last year but then put up for sale last month, are due June 3 and will be opened June 7. Council hopes to get back what it paid for it and Mayor Donnie Jobe said that the company that sold the bobcat to the city has expressed interest in having it back. The bobcat cost more than $33,000.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher