Ft. Mitchell Police May Pursue Crescent Springs Contract
Ft. Mitchell Police Department may take a chance at patrolling Crescent Springs.
"I do think it is something we should look at putting out a bid for," Chief Andrew Schierberg said Monday night. He said that it could create some efficiencies through sharing services with Crescent Springs and save both cities money.
The City Crescent Springs, citing cost concerns, announced that it would not be automatically renewing its contract with Erlanger Police, which expires at the end of July. When the cities of Crescent Springs and Erlanger could not reach an agreement on a new contract, Crescent Springs opted to put the service out to bid for other cities.
Villa Hills Police Chief Bryan Allen has also expressed interest in seeking the contract. Other nearby cities also have experience in providing police services for other cities, such as the Park Hills Police, which patrols Bromley.
The bid process began last Friday and agencies have until October 6 to submit.
Schierberg anticipates that his department would need to add five to six officers along with patrol cruisers, but those costs could be lower if retired officers are rehired with no pension obligation and if Crescent Springs were to take part in paying for the new vehicles, he said. "We have to make sure we're serving Ft. Mitchell citizens to the best of our ability along with providing the service to Crescent Springs," Schierberg said.
Ft. Mitchell has experience in serving neighboring cities as its fire department also responds to Lakeside Park.
City to charge more to plow snow on private streets
Ft. Mitchell city council also voted to charge more to plow snow from private streets, some owned by a homeowners' association, some not.
In recent years, the city has charged a flat $50 fee but because some streets are longer and wider and require more resources, Mayor Jude Hehman and members of council wanted to create a more equitable system. Public works director Matt Stegman created a formula based on road length after inquiring with private agencies.
The new rates that will begin with the 2018-19 winter:
Street Length Proposed Fee
Leathers Rd. (Private Dr.) 365 ft $200.75
Johanna Ln. 375 ft $206.25
Ivy Hill 450 ft $247.50
Venus 485 ft $266.75
Galaxy 665 ft $365.75
Tantallon 1090 ft $599.50
Mercury 1180 ft $649.00
Dominion 1585 ft $871.75
For streets maintained by an HOA, the city will bill that organization. Otherwise, a point of contact is established on the street and the residents sign a yearly contract and submit payments with it, City Administrator Sharmili Reddy said.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher