The Campbell County Fiscal Court listened to a proposed amendment to its local participation agreement for the project set to happen at the gateway to Northern Kentucky University along U.S. 27 in Highland Heights.
The high-profile development will add market-rate housing, a hotel, professional office space, and parking.
The county and the city need to amend their participation in a tax increment finance (TIF) district since NKU added more lots that it did not know it owned previously, said attorney Jim Parsons, of Keating, Muething, and Klekamp, who often speaks on TIF issues in Northern Kentucky. He asked the fiscal court to have an answer by its second meeting in February so that it could coordinace with the city.
Parks prove popular
Assistant County Administrator Kim Serra gave a report on the Campbell County Parks.
She said that three thousand more season passes were purchased for the county parks than last year.
Serra said that in June and July there are Jolly Thursdays at A.J. Jolly Park, which are put on in conjunction with the Campbell County Library, free to the public, with various programs each time.
In August there is the Festival on the Lake, and in September the dragon boat races draw at least 1,200 people. October brings the Halloween Spooktacular. New this year is yoga at Stapleton Pavilion.
Some improvements take place each year and Serra said the county has repaved the walking trail, improved the stage landscaping, eliminated four camping areas and made the remaining sites bigger, while adding a shelter.
The staff built several picnic tables, and twenty-four more tables will be coming this year. Concrete pads in the RV area were also added.
Also on the way is a yurt, a permanent tent equipped with all the comforts of home to eliminate the need for bringing so much from home for so-called 'glamping'. A new bath house will be added, and new shower stalls will be be put in the current bath house.
The tennis courts and basketball courts were resurfaced. The park has nine single kayaks, and three double kayaks, and will add two canoes and two paddleboats. The county is hoping to get two stand up paddle boards this year.
Serra credits the Community Development Council for all the volunteer hours put into the parks to help them be more user friendly.
A resolution was passed to approve the lease for property on Race Track Road so that the Dispatch Center can put up a radio tower. They will lease the land, a 50-ft. by 50-ft. area, for 20 years at $1 a year.
Commissioners accepted the bid from O.D. Security North America for a body scanner for the jail at a price of $118,750. Judge/Executive Steve Pendery commented that the money for the scanner came out of the commissary funds.
Commissioners accepted the resignation of police lieutenant Dennis Lehmkuhl, as well as Tommy Lakes, and authorized two promotions, Sergeant Gary Downs to lieutenant, and Donald Dornheggen to sergeant.
Bill Rachford, mayor of Alexandria, came to the last fiscal court meeting to ask for help on transportation, saying that the Baptist home recently relocated from Newport to Alexandria, and the employees were apparently having trouble getting to the newer location because the buses don't run close enough. Rachford also said he thought relatives of the people in the home could probably be having similar problems of traveling to see their loved ones. He asked if the court would talk to TANK on their behalf, and Judge Pendery said they would be glad to help.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor