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Park Hills Addresses Roads, Signs & Plans for Capital Needs

Stop signs are going up in Park Hills.

City council voted to establish new signs at Audubon Road where it will intersect with Wald Road, a new street that will be used in the new subdivision being constructed. Complaints of near accidents caused an examination of the intersection, and the consequent decision to put the stop signs in at this time.

Mayor Mattone gave an update on the Berling project, saying there is an administrative delay of two to six months which will probably result in no earthwork or grading being done at the site until next spring.

Councilman Karl Oberjohn, who serves on the infrastructure committee, gave an update on the Jackson Road repairs, saying the project is estimated at $800,000 which is a huge part of the road budget. 

Oberjohn told council he met with the financial oversight committee to try and gain some insight on whether it would be in the best interest of the city to spend that much money on the lower half of one road. On the other hand, city engineer Jay Bayer applied for and was awarded a 50/50 grant from Sanitation District 1, which will help the city's costs.

The city has not yet decided whether to go forward with the Jackson project, but must decide whether to accept the grant by December 3. In the meantime, Oberjohn said the city is trying to get a quick assessment of the approximately thirteen streets that haven't been touched to see how extensive the repairs may be on them.

Council also discussed the mapping of the streets, which Bayer said his company could do for $3,400. The Northern Kentucky Area Development District could do the work for approximately $4,000. Mattone said the city would like to get another bid, but that the $3,400 offer from Bayer's company looks good, and can be done before the end of the year.

Public Works director Dan Von Handorf had inspected the poles of twenty street signs in the city after the last meeting. There had been a report that a sign pole had fallen over, so VonHandorf inspected the bolts on the other poles, and found that there was one other that needed attention. He said others were leaning, but were solid. He will replace the defective poles with new poles that adhere to safer standards.

Council also voted to hire Baker Business and Tax Solutions to help the city come up with a ten-year capital Improvement plan for a cost of $5,000. Council decided to stay with the payroll company they have used for years, instead of going with Baker for that task.

City Attorney Todd McMurtry and the attorney for the city of Covington are close to coming up with a Memorandum of Understanding for maintenance of Audubon and Breckinridge Roads where they lead into the city. The  attorneys for the cities will draw up an interlocal agreement which will then go to Frankfort, and come back to the cities for approval. The streets only lead into Park Hills, and council voted to go ahead with the agreement to maintain the streets for their residents that use the streets regularly.  

According to Mayor Matt Mattone, Covington seems fine with allowing Park Hills to maintain those two streets.

Fire Chief John Rigney told council that the fire department usually gives out hot dogs on Halloween, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and that this year they will start giving them out at 6 p.m. so the children can start out their trick-or-treating at the firehouse with a hot dog.

Council approved a petition from Our Lady of Lourdes for two small processions with the next scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, between 5 and 6 p.m.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor