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Ft. Wright Holds Off on Dissolving Corporation that Owned City Building

The Fort Wright city council listened to the first reading of an amended sign ordinance.

With revisions led by Planning & Development Services of Kenton County, the new ordinance would delete all current sign regulations, and add new definitions related to signs.

The new rules will affect all signs in the city from political to electronic to business, but won't affect the signs currently on display.

The resolution designed to dissolve a corporation that once held the title to the city building was put on hold after the discovery of a 30-year lease held by Cincinnati Bell. The utility fronted the money for the maintenance building in the city and continues to use one bay of the building.

Though the lease was paid off years ago, city administrator Jill Bailey wanted to make sure that the dissolution of the corporation would not affect the agreement with Cincinnati Bell.

Council also listened to the first reading of a stage-one development plan to place Thompson Family Dental on Dixie Highway. The plan was approved by the planning & zoning committee. A special council meeting was set for September 19 to give final approval ahead of the regularly scheduled caucus meeting.

The city has yet to set its 2018-19 tax rate as it awaits final recommendations from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. A public hearing will also take place at the special meeting on September 19.

Police Officer Taylor Bellau is the newest addition to the city's police department and introduced herself to council.

Police Specialist Jeff Hoppenjans was also recognized for winning a Governor's Occupant Protection Award for ticketing drivers and passengers for not wearing seat belts.

Council also voted to surplus a police cruiser, which Chief Marc Schworer said had all its lights on display on the dashboard. The 2010 model will be placed for sale.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor